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United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users

Published: May 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Children’s Author Talks Stories, Setbacks and Success at Evergreen Elementary

Published: April 29, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Frank and Mustard Simon Calcavecchia, 34, of Olympia, visited Evergreen Elementary School April 7 to talk to students about his books, his music and his disability.

He is the author of a children’s book series called “The Adventures of Frank and Mustard” and has also recorded a collection of hip-hop songs about his characters.

Addressing a room full of first-graders, Calcavecchia started by saying, “I want to tell you what you’re all probably curious about, which is why I am using this wheelchair.” Continue Reading »

Kindness, courage help quadriplegic two years after devastating accident

Published: April 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Todd Duitsman has made extraordinary progress since he suffered spinal-cord injuries while body surfing at Big Beach on Maui in 2014. And with unfailing grace and good humor, he inspires others.

EVERETT — With a weightlifter’s grimace, Todd Duitsman focused on exercising his arms. Like most everyone else using the Marysville Family YMCA’s fitness equipment, he was hard at work.

But Duitsman isn’t like everyone else. The Stanwood man is a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

Published: April 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.

The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing. Continue Reading »

Love – and a Little Help from New Friends – Keeps School Sweethearts’ Wedding on Track after a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 14, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Anna Claire Stokes had a wedding to coordinate. Thanks to her new Shepherd Center family, no spinal cord injury was going to derail her plans.

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Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical. Continue Reading »

Accident survivor making a name in wheelchair tennis

Published: December 3, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In the course of three years, Taylor Graham has accomplished many things: Survived a motorcycle accident, adjusted to a spinal cord injury and a new life in a wheelchair, picked up the sport of wheelchair tennis, graduated from Southeast Community College, and even got married.

So what could possibly be next?

“We have a goal of competing in the Paralympics in 2020,” said Kevin Heim, his wheelchair tennis coach. Continue Reading »

Woman doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep her off the racetrack

Published: November 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

nathalie-mcgloin-paralyzed-race-driver“Life after spinal injury doesn’t have to be any worse, it just has to be different.”

Sometimes you do something just because someone tells you not to.

That was the case for Nathalie McGloin, the only paralyzed female racing driver in the UK.

McGloin suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash when she was a teenager, which has rendered her paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

He can’t fly planes, so quadriplegic Charles Brice started a business filming with drones

Published: November 13, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

charles-brice-can-still-flyCHARLES Brice always planned on a career above the clouds — he just imagined it would involve flying planes, not drones.

Mr Brice, 26, was training to become a professional pilot before a motorbike crash in 2010 shattered his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic.

But six years on, the St Morris resident is again taking to the skies, launching a business that uses drones to shoot photos and videos. Continue Reading »

Capturing Action Sports as a Quadriplegic Photographer

Published: November 8, 2016 | Category: News Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Loren Worthington is a photographer with a unique perspective, both literally and figuratively. Continue Reading »