Even though he’s only 30 years old, Rob Wudlick’s journey since his spinal cord injury has been one-of-the kind. A fresh SCI research advocate, newly injured people like Rob are refusing to accept spinal cord injuries as permanent, and what they’re doing to help the SCI community is helping in big ways.
Other than working out since his injury using activity-based therapy (and being one of the most positive guys in the gym), he’s a founding member and Chairman of the Board for a nonprofit dedicated to curing spinal cord injury, Get Up Stand Up (GUSU), and is busy hitting the pavement at Capitol Hill (in his home state or in DC) whenever he can. Read on for a snapshot into the life of an unexpected advocate. Read the rest
A savvy business lady before AND after her injury (at age 45, a tree fell on her while bike riding), here’s how Rosemarie Rossetti Phd has soared post-injury.
She has created the “Universal Living Design Laboratory,” a seriously gorgeous show home in Ohio that uses universal design & green building principals. Read this entry
Brooke Ellison is am-aazing! First quad to graduate from Harvard (you’ve seen her on the “Hope. Pass It On” billboards), Christopher Reeve’s last film was on her life story and she ran for the New York State Senate in 2004.
What is she up to now? Read on!
A top spinal cord injury researcher, on the hunt for a cure since the 1980’s. Wise Young is one of our greatest champions. Learn all about him. Read this entry
I had an amazing opportunity two weeks ago. I was asked to be part of an evening filming for a documentary being made.
The doc is on life after SCI in Minnesota and why we need to fund SCI research (the end goal of the documentary is to get a bill passed where drunk driving fines will go to research. Similar bills have been passed in Mass, NJ and Cali). View the petition for the Bill SF2417
And even though that in itself was really cool (myself, and two other guys with SCI were invited), we had tacos, there was a whole film crew there so that was pretty exciting…Chris Kluwe, the outspoken Vikings punter (NFL for those unawares) was there.
Injured at 10 months old in a car accident breaking her neck at C1-2, now a 4th grader, Caroline has an amazing story.
Watch her “standing frame dance” with her dad (he’s on rollerblades) as he whips her around their cul de sac. SCI research is so badly needed for kids like her. Read this awesome entry
And this is a big one, folks. September is – woo hoo! – Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.
What does this whole “awareness month” message mean? Lots of things…talking about what is a spinal cord injury, sharing spinal cord injury prevention tips and bringing up important issues facing people with spinal cord injuries.
This is actually where my heart lies. No one can cure us, but we can be in control of our lives by improving day-to-day issues, like having people who understand and all the information you need so you can live an amazing, healthy and independent life. HUGE stuff. That is why I am a major fan of BACKBONES. They’re a great non-profit dedicated to improving all of this really important stuff.
And this month, they’re trying to raise $10,000 for their organization, all of which will go directly to fund their mission (you can read it in full here).
They are there to give free support people with SCI and their familes – they do one-on-one pair ups, fun events all around the country. Having a good time and positivity is what they’re all about (proof!).
What’s not to love about an organization that holds city-wide scavenger hunts IN wheelchairs (everybody has to try it too, even if they can walk) as a way to teach SCI education?
Click here to give & help BACKBONES reach their goal!
Cody Unser, the daughter of NASCAR racing legend Al Unser Jr., was paralyzed at age 12.
Since her bizarre injury, she has helped lobby for SCI research in DC and is a huge proponent of adapted SCUBA (and the beneficial nerve side-effects!). Read this entry
Make sure to sign this if you live in MN, ok?
This is the first time a spinal cord research bill has been proposed in Minnesota. Really hoping this passes. It would be fabulous to see my homestate get involved in this much-needed research. Sign the bill here (and share with your friends!)
Jockeying to win; world’s top researchers are trying everything to a cure for paralysis. Read more