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Articles Tagged: Inspiration

Two Adventurers to Swap Wheelchairs for Parachutes

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

‘Skydiving is next on my list’

Tonio Mercieca and Christine Borg will be swapping their wheelchairs for a parachute later this month as they tick off parascending from their bucket list.

Parascending and disability are not usually strung in the same sentence, but the two will be proving “it can be done” while raising funds in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic author: ‘I will be out of this chair one day’

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

The story he wanted to tell was several decades in the making, so it’s easy to see why David Rippy took two-and-a-half years to compose his memoir.

That it centered on the impact that a one-car crash which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down had on his life – both for good and for bad – makes that accomplishment amazing, though.

“I took two summers off to write. It’s hard to stay indoors and work when it’s nice out,” said Rippy of the process that brought about “Captain of My Soul: Mastering a Destiny Altered.” Continue Reading »

A phone call helped inspire Will to seize the high ground

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.

Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark. Continue Reading »

Iowa Boy’s Inspirational Showing Draws A Standing Ovation At The National Junior Angus Show

Published: July 15, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alec Gotto was just a few weeks old when he was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a syndrome that causes spine inflamation and makes movement of the legs and arms extremely difficult.

The young boy from the small town (and my hometown) of Dyersville, Iowa didn’t let it slow him down.

With his boots tucked into the straps of his motorized wheelchair, he got the crowd out of their own seats and up on their feet as he proudly showed his steer at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines. Continue Reading »

Sam Schmidt hopes foundation leaves ultimate legacy

Published: May 31, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

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 »

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 »

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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After Car Crash, This Quadriplegic Beauty Enthusiast Found Renewed Purpose In Vlogging

Published: March 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Steph AielloRarely are the phrases ‘beauty tutorial’ and ‘inspirational tour de force’ used in the same sentence, though the vlogger Steph Aiello may be a unique exception. Left paralyzed from the waist down and with limited use of her hands and wrists after a car accident, Aiello has found a renewed sense of purpose through her passion for makeup and vlogging — and she’s building a burgeoning social presence in the process.

Aiello, now 26, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the desert back in 2010 on a car trip from Las Vegas to California, the Daily Mail reports. A friend riding with her at the time did not survive the accident. Aiello, who was supposed to begin cosmetology school the very next day, spent months in the hospital in recovery. Continue Reading »

#ThisIsHowI Show What’s Possible!

Published: February 21, 2017 | Category: Featured Videos

The incredible 2+ months of #ThisIsHowI photos and videos has shown us that this is what AbleThrive is all about. So rather than end the campaign, we’re baking it into our culture to continue to bring awareness and visibility to the lives and abilities of people with disabilities around the world. This is how we shatter stereotypes and show what’s possible- so we hope you’ll keep sharing your photos and videos and tag us moving forward.

Stacy Kohut – Four Wheel Annihilation!

Published: October 7, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Stacy Kohut shreds Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails aboard his awesome Four Wheel bike! Continue Reading »