I really, really enjoyed talking with the uber cool Ernie Johnson from Myrtle Beach, South (not North sorry Ernie) Carolina last month. Injured for a mighty long while, he has the paralysis thing figured out beautifully, and adaptive surfing is now his jam.
And I’m always forgetting to post here, which is going to stop starting now.
Having briefly met Ali 6 years ago at an adaptive yoga conference on rainy Saturday, I’m thrilled to see her career flourish! She won a Tony Award last Sunday for her role as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and shattered the glass ceiling for actors in wheelchairs, becoming the first wheelchair-user to win a Tony. Here’s a bio I wrote on her this week for SPINALpedia
Meet our newest SCI Superstar Heidi Herkes! A spinal cord injury may have forced Heidi to retool her career, but she’s still in the beauty and style industry doing what she loves. See how she’s created a new career for herself as a personal stylist. Read more
Check out SPINALpedia’s newest SCI Super Jessika Kattah Delatorre! A T2 incomplete paraplegic, this vibrant woman is using her injury to change the world, whether it’s promoting adaptive indoor skydiving, being a Wings for Life World Run Ambassador or vlogging accessible travel videos with her bf Rey. Read more
Check out our newest & youngest SCI Superstar – Luke Riley! The winner of our Fall Photo Contest, Luke has an amazing story. He was injured in a sledding accident nearly 3 years ago, and thanks to an incredible support system of family and friends, he’s become a fearless kid who’s been able to move ahead with his life. Read his story, with great insight from his Mom Maureen Louise Riley, here.
Voting has officially begun for our Fall Photo Contest! We have four inspiring submissions, each awesome in their own way To vote, submit the number of your favorite photo in the comments on the blog post here or on the Facebook post below. Voting ends Oct. 31st!
Check out our SCI Spotlight person for the month of June – Kiesha Mastrodimos! A 21 year old from Alberta, Canada, she’s pushing ahead with her new life by helping others just like her with her how-to videos. Armed with a cell phone and a Mom who loves to record, Kiesha has made hundreds of videos showing how she does it all. Thank you Kiesha for helping the SCI community! Read more
A lifelong action sports film director who worked for Red Bull, Riley Poor had to re-tool his career after becoming a quad. Now an executive producer at Nike, he’s someone you won’t forget. Also a relationship blogger with his gf Andrea (Poor House Love) and a new fan of adaptive gardening, read about Riley’s life (and see his awesome universal accessible home) in the city of Portland here
Slingshot Golf is an adapted sport for folks of ALL SCI levels. An able-bodied assistant, and specialized slingshot and pendulum are required. See how it’s played as demoed by Josh Basile, a lifelong golf junkie and C4-5 quadriplegic who created this sport. Click to watch
Meet our newest SCI Superstar US Paralympic swimmer Mallory Weggemann! A lifelong swimmer, she fought back from an epidural injection that paralyzed her and in a year returned to the sport she loves as a T10 para. She won gold in London in 2012, breaking the women’s record in the 50m. Can she do it again in Rio? Read all about her journey, from injuring her arm in 2014 in a crazy fall to her wedding planned for this December, here