When Sam Schmidt began to prepare his remarks for his Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, he struggled.
The race car driver and owner knows it’s his accomplishments on the track that qualified him for the honor, but that’s not the only legacy he’s hoping to leave. At least not since his crash on Jan. 6, 2000, at Walt Disney World Speedway that rendered him a quadriplegic.
“I really feel longer term, what I hope to be known for is more what’s happened after my injury,” Schmidt said. “The whole idea of overcoming adversity and moving on. I wouldn’t wish this injury on anybody, but I truly feel now, 17 years later, that I have helped thousands more people than I ever could have being a race car driver.” Continue Reading »
The fourth Wings for Life World Run was another record-breaking edition – with 155,288 registered participants raising a huge 6.8 million euros for spinal cord research. The global movement saw 27 course records smashed as participants of all levels, from fun runners to elite champions, set off at 11:00 UTC, running side-by-side and via the App across 111 locations in 58 countries around the planet.
Their target? To race – in glorious weather, searing heat or freezing cold, depending on the location – and for as long as possible outrun the moving finish lines that are the Catcher Cars, driven by the likes of Formula One legend David Coulthard in the UK and Carlos Sainz in Spain.
Published: April 15, 2017 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:T-4
Ten years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs.
Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned his tragedy into inspiration by competing in some of the most challenging competitions in the world, including the Boston Marathon. Continue Reading »
Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPCContinue Reading »
Boyd “the Rainmaker” Melson wants to deliver a knockout blow to paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries.
The current World Boxing Council United States Junior Middleweight champion, who donates all his prize winnings to spinal cord research, is many things: the grandson of Holocaust survivors, a West Point graduate who remains a captain in the Army reserves, and the founder of Team Fight to Walk.
Blaine Penny knew he’d be caught eventually, and it happened at the 65-kilometre mark of his race. The chase car pulled up beside him as he chugged along by himself on the road just outside Niagara Falls.
At that distance, the 40-year-old Calgarian had run a marathon-and-a-half. He was the last man standing so-to-speak and won the Canadian race at the Wings for Life World Run, which raised more than $4.2 million for spinal cord research on May 3. Continue Reading »
Now the dust has settled on an unforgettable day of running and inspiration, the numbers that lie behind the second Wings for Life World Run show how the event captured the world’s imagination.
Encouraged and supported by thousands of volunteers, athletes from all four corners of the globe came together on Sunday, not just to provide a true sporting spectacle but also a formidable demonstration of determination and fun.