R.O.A.R. is a missions/ministry based organization whose purpose is to redefine limitations and empower those with disabilities to see their God-given ability through outdoor activities.
R.O.A.R. seeks to educate, assist, and mediate for those with disabilities to minimize obstacles in outdoor settings and to challenge stereotypes. We intend to create opportunities for those with disabilities to step out beyond the point of fear or apprehension to discover outdoor passions and desires. Continue Reading »
The word “can’t” is not in quadriplegic Mike Hudson’s vocabulary.
He’s on a mission to motivate the disabled to be more active outdoors and to travel, as well as educate others about ways to make that happen.
Hudson, 42, of Greenwood, recently founded R.O.A.R. — Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation — a nonprofit organization that received its tax-exempt approval from the IRS in July. Continue Reading »
Published: April 13, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:Paraplegia
VIRGINIA BEACH Bill Fertig struggled with beach vacations for years. A motorcycle wreck 14 years ago left him a paraplegic. On a trip to Nags Head one summer, Fertig relied on a cumbersome wheelchair that even the strongest member of his family could barely push through the sand.
Fertig stayed back at the house so he wouldn’t be a burden while everyone played near the water.
Frustration fueled his desire to invent a new, lightweight, manageable sand wheelchair. Continue Reading »
OCEAN CITY — For some of the swimmers, like Angel Mullin, they hadn’t been in the water since before their injuries. But Bruckner Chase, his wife and his sister-in-law weren’t about to let that stop them. Their swimming program for athletes with spinal cord injuries has helped several athletes like Mullin feel comfortable not only in the pool, but in the open water, too.
“I kind of had my life in a wheelchair,” Mullin said. “You get limited.
“I try to do a lot of things in my life. When stuff is not accessible, you’re not able to enjoy those things. This is like exploring the world in ways that I never really did even before my accident.” Continue Reading »
HAMPTON BEACH — As a cheering, whistling and hooting crowd watched intently, Greg Major, 49, went surfing for the first time Friday.
It took the help of four volunteers at Hampton’s North Beach to lift Major out of his camouflaged wheelchair that was outfitted with tank-like treads to navigate the beach, and more than a dozen others to help him get safely on the surfboard and catch some waves.
But he did it, thrilling the Hit the Beach volunteers and onlookers by riding more than a few waves into shore Continue Reading »
SALT LAKE CITY — Once he realized the sailboat was not going to sink, Danny Salazar took a deep breath and set about exploring East Canyon Reservoir.
Salazar’s fear of the water is understandable considering that even wearing a life jacket probably wouldn’t prevent him from drowning if the boat capsized.
Salazar can’t move his arms and legs, and he has a hard time breathing on his own. But the 29-year-old can blow and suck air through his mouth just enough to control a modified Mirage Tandem Island sailboat built by Hobie. Continue Reading »