I had a blast in
Grapevine, TX, this past weekend participating in RISE Adventure's End of Summer bash. It is so great to have such wonderful organizations to help give people an opportunity to try adaptive sports.
This event had a wide variety of activites going on like camping, fishing, golf, hand cycling, air rifles, archery, jet skiing, kayaking, boating, photography, rugby, sailing, tubing, scuba, swimming, water skiing, basketball, sled hockey, fencing, track & field, pony rides, and much more.
I got the opportunity to waterski and tube. It was a great time and I got to meet a lot of new and old friends.
If you're in the North Texas area, make sure to check out RISE Adventures. They are a great group of people providing a lot of opportunities for those with disabilities to get active and stay active.
180 Medical and its partner company, South Shore Medical Supply, were happy to support Spaulding Rehabilitation in its fun-filled SET SAIL event on September 25, 2011 in Boston, MA. The event benefited Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program at Spaulding Rehab.
The Weingarten Adaptive Sports Program provides hundreds of people around the Boston area with adaptive opportunities such as adaptive windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, cycling and wall climbing. The program helps individuals gain muscle strength, coordination, self-esteem, endurance, independence, and allows socialization.
For more information about Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers in the Boston area view the 2011 Program here.
In February of this year, Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery was off duty having dinner with his father, when three men in the back of the establishment began causing a commotion. The owner requested help getting the three men to leave the building. Peery was off-duty, but as an officer made it his responsibility to help. Tragically, as Chad escorted the men to the door, they turned on him. He was badly beaten and left paralyzed by the incident.
Peery has been in rehabilitation and has been making a remarkable recovery. He believes he will walk again and has always kept a positive attitude and a smile on his face.
Peery recently received a standing ovation when being honored at a local baseball stadium, where he loved to work security as an off-duty police officer. Chad Peery has proven to be a true hometown hero and the city of Oklahoma City has been there with overwhelming support for both him and his family. Peery has four children age 9, 7, 6, and 3.
Below is a video about Peery from his rehabilitation center where he received the 2011 Jim Thorpe Courage Award.
September has been named National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. At 180 Medical, we always spend time to help educate and provide peer mentoring for those who have experienced spinal cord injuries and their families. It's the reason Todd Brown started our company. He wanted to help others like him experience the products and service they deserved.
We'd like to take a moment to share a few great resources we've run into this month.
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
FacingDisability.com is designed to provide videos and support for people with spinal cord injuries and the members of their families. Connecting with the life experiences of others who have been down the path ahead of you often helps people find their own strength and support.
An extensive list of phone applications put together by the Reeve Foundation for those living with paralysis.
Life Rolls On
Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.
An amazing video proving there are no limits to the things you can do after spinal cord injury. Shows those with spinal cord injuries participating in 28 different sports. A must see!
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
NSCIA helps educate and empower survivors of spinal cord injury and disease to achieve and maintain the highest levels of independence, health and personal fulfillment.
Life in Action
New publication to empower Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders with active-lifestyle information, peer connection and advocacy. Life in Action is the membership publication of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, a program of United Spinal Association.
SPORTS 'N SPOKES
Is a publication that delivers exciting content to the wheelchair sports and recreation community.
A wonderful resource that provides detailed accessibility information about destinations for travelers with disabilities.
Challenged Athletes Foundation
CAF provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
I am sure we all look up to someone at one time in our life who excels in a particular area we are interested in. In sports, especially, we are always looking at the pros. Well, when I was in rehab after being injured I honestly felt pretty down like many others do. I remember looking in Sports-N-Spokes magazine and seeing Muffy Davis. There was a picture of her cutting an edge and throwing powder on a mono ski and it really inspired me to get after it. I knew that there were a lot of opportunities for me to stay active even after my injury.
On a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I was fortunate enough to meet Muffy and her husband. Both are class acts and a lot of fun. It was an honor to meet such an amazing athlete and person.
Almost 100 people on the 180 Medical Team got together on Saturday, May 8th to participate in the 7th annual Integris Jim Thorpe Courage Run in Oklahoma City, OK. The event included a 10k, 5k, 1 mile fun run as well as wheelchair and handcycle divisions.
This event honors those who have displayed courage as they have gone through their rehabilitation process. All proceeds from the event assist patients with rehabilitation needs that traditional reimbursement does not cover.
180 Medical won "Largest Team" at the run!
Here are some pictures from the event:
About Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center: Located in Oklahoma City, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation is an inpatient, outpatient, and community-based rehabilitative center for those that have acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputee or orthopedic conditions.