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180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Danielle

by Jessica August 28 2014 16:09
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On August 1st, 2014, we revealed all of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients. And as our winners begin their classes this fall semester, we will continue highlight individual winners on our blog. Last week, we featured Nichole Sheridan. This week, we are happy to turn the spotlight to another well-deserving recipient, Danielle Watson.


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Danielle has always loved being active, and not even the accident that changed her life could change her drive to succeed. In the summer of 2011, she fell 300 feet in a rock-climbing accident, breaking her back at and leaving her paralyzed at T6.
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Despite the long rehabilitation process in the hospital and multiple surgeries that followed this grueling ordeal, when her surgeon told her that she had "survived the unsurvivable," she decided to honor every moment. The realization that she was still alive helped her to keep her outlook positive, even through the hard process of adapting to life in a wheelchair.

Since that time, she has gone back to school, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and an Honors student standing. She currently volunteers at Volunteers in Medicine and Oregon Adaptive Sports, and she also travels for inspirational speaking engagements. She stays active with many hobbies, including mono-skiing with Oregon Adaptive Sports, mountain biking and ski camps at Adaptive Sports Center, art, and she has also completed 3 half-marathons, one marathon, and a triathlon.

Danielle is attending the University of Puget Sound this fall to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and is really excited to have an opportunity to help others in her future job. She really demonstrates an unbreakable spirit and a drive to keep staying active, no matter the circumstance, and we're glad to play a part in helping her to achieve her dreams.

Our scholarship program was created to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical Sponsors NeuroResources Outreach's 2014 No Boundaries Expo

by Jessica August 26 2014 10:34
This past Saturday, August 23rd, the 2014 No Boundaries Expo was held at the State Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City. 180 Medical was proud to attend and be a Gold Sponsor of this exciting event. no boundaries todd brown

This event was presented by NeuroResources, a chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association that focuses on advocacy for those dealing with paralysis and/or neurological disabilities and offers various specialized resources such as a free clinic every Monday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., an Equipment Share Program, and more.

The No Boundaries Expo offers a wealth of resources, showcases, workshops, and fun for anyone who may have a spinal cord injury or other physical challenges. Attendees can make connections with others and learn about new options that could add to your life.

Over 75 organizations showcased adaptive sporting events like wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and more. There were various adapted arts performances such as dance and karate. New equipment and products were presented as well.

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It was a day full of fun and learning for everyone who attended. We certainly had a blast there, as always, and it was great to see such a wonderful turn-out this year!


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

6th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 25 2014 15:00
The 6th Annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) has come and gone, and what a fun time it was for everyone who attended to help support this awesome organization! This event raises awareness and funds to support disabled athletes in purchasing specialized sports equipment and traveling for various sporting events. GODSA is an organization that offers various adaptive sports options for Oklahoma athletes, including kayaking, hockey, basketball and more!

This is the 4th consecutive year that 180 Medical has attended and supported the event, and we once again had a team of our own 180 Medical employees to play and show support for disabled athletes.


Everyone always has a blast, and this year was no different! We showed up and cheered for the teams, including GODSA's The Blaze, a team comprised of athletes in wheelchairs.



It was a great time, and we already can't wait for next year's tournament!

Learn more about GODSA at their official site: www.godsa.org.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

Life Rolls On: They Will Surf Again

by Jessica September 5 2013 13:19

We here at 180 Medical are so proud to have been a sponsor at the latest Life Rolls On event for They Will Surf Again, which was held recently at Huntington Beach, CA, on August 17th, 2013. The event was certainly an awe-inspiring day, and we were so glad to have been a part of it!

Life Rolls On is an amazing non-profit organization that was established in 2002 by Jesse Billauer, who was paralyzed in a surfing accident at the age of 17. LRO’s main focus is to improve the quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries by offering support and a chance to experience the empowerment and freedom of mobility in various sports.

They Will Surf Again, LRO’s signature Qualify of Life program, gives the opportunity to paralyzed individuals to surf, something they might not have thought possible to do after their injury/illness. However, by utilizing special adaptive equipment and the help of volunteers, participants get to experience the thrill of getting to ride the waves again!

LRO offers other great programs, such as They Will Skate Again & They Will Ski Again. You can find out more about the foundation at liferollson.org.

180 Medical is also honored to be a partner of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a wonderful organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries, which has been involved with Life Rolls On and its various programs. 



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for four years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, and spending time with friends and family.
  

Endeavor Games Volunteer Experience

by Tracee June 14 2013 12:48

Time is something I don't give up easily. Typically most of my free time includes making sure my home is kept up, my work is completed each day, and that I have taken care of my family.

I was excited for the opportunity to volunteer at the Endeavor Games; however as the date quickly approached, I began to reconsider my time and how much I had to offer that particular week. Having always been poor at keeping commitments, I decided since I had already given the Endeavor Games my commitment that I was sticking to it.

Military Appreciation

On Wednesday night, I served at the Military dinner welcoming the Veterans who would be participating in weekend events. I’ve never been humbled like that before, standing among young men and women who paid a price for my freedom. Many of these men and women had lost limbs or were wheelchair-bound.

It wasn’t just my time I was giving them; it was my sincere gratitude for what they have done for me. I came away humbled, thankful, and inspired.

Adaptive Sports

On Friday afternoon, I helped with registration. I got to meet athletes from across the country as they confirmed their events for the weekend and received their info and t-shirts.

It was a pleasure meeting these brave kids and their families and seeing young adults excited to compete. I heard one young man walk away saying that he was “going to set a world record.”  I was his fan right away! 

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I was soon transferred to the archery event on the soccer field where I had one of the best afternoons I can remember. I was paired up with four young men ranging in ages from 8 to 16. I quickly learned the ropes of scoring, where to stand, and what to do. My job of scoring each round turned into getting to know the athletes, their families, learn their stories, and become an encouragement. 

My favorite player was the youngest in the whole event. He was about 8 years old with purple leg braces that rose from his shoes to cover his shins. He squinted in the sun as he aimed his arrows but seemed to miss every time. He was almost too big for his small bow that he was still learning on for his first competition. Some of the leaders on the field would come by to encourage him and give him tips for his technique. His father watched from the sidelines and quietly encouraged him. As the rounds moved on, he continued to miss the target and hit the grass time after time. Soon we started to encourage him more and more “just a little higher Garrett,” “Anywhere on the target Garrett,” “You can do it Garrett.” 

Garrett shared a target next to a young man from Arizona, a modern-day Robin Hood. Kevin was 13, and he has been participating in archery since he was 4 years old. Not only did he hit the target every time, he rarely hit outside of the bullseye. 

As we continued to encourage all the players, we began to see Garrett start to improve. At first it was just an arrow or two on the target. Then it moved to an 8 point shot to which we celebrated with high fives, fist bumps, and pictures!

As the rounds moved on, we became a unified archery family helping and encouraging one another and enjoying the spirit of competition. We would brag about scores, compare rounds, and cheer for each effort.

Then the event came to a close. After I said my goodbyes and told them all I hoped to see them again next year, I walked away with a smile and gratefulness that I had just offered the one thing I hold dear, my time, to the greatest kids I have ever met.  I will always look back with fondness and respect on the athletes and the event.

I am proud to say I have become an official archery judge and can’t wait until next year's Endeavor Games event.

Find out more about the UCO Endeavor Games here: http://www.ucoendeavorgames.com/.

About the Author:

Tracee has worked at 180 Medical for 7 years. She often takes on many different roles here, but her main job title is Purchasing Manager.
  


              

2013 UCO Endeavor Games

by admin June 11 2013 09:13

The Endeavor Games is an annual nationally recognized competition that is endorsed and sanctioned by U.S. Paralympics, Disabled Sports USA, and Wheelchair Sports USA. The Endeavor Games is an opportunity that allows all athletes with physical disabilities to participate in multi-sport events and also have the option, for aspiring athletes, of participating in designated training clinics. The program features 10 different sporting competitions for athletes and classifications of all ages. This year’s sporting events included Indoor/Outdoor Archery, Cycling (20K and 5K courses), Paratriathlon, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Shooting, Table Tennis, Track & Field, and Wheelchair Basketball 3-on-3 (Adult & Junior).


All competitive events were held in Edmond, Oklahoma June 6-9 and hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma. Events took place in multiple locations consisting of UCO, Edmond North High School, and the Lake Arcadia Outdoor Adventure Recreation Center. An opening celebration took place prior to all events and was held at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.

For the past two years, 180 Medical has supported the Endeavor Games by participating in OU Medical’s Corporate Challenge. Corporate Challenge serves as a fundraising component with the intentions of raising money for the Endeavor Games. The event is brought together by companies from all over Oklahoma City where companies can enter and compete in various events, activities, and games.

Each year, we have multiple employees who volunteer their time and service to Corporate Challenge, and the Endeavor Games to make it the very best it can possibly be! Here at 180 Medical, we love to support our community and our customers.

For more information about the UCO Endeavor Games, please visit their website: http://www.ucoendeavorgames.com/.


About the Author:

Haley is an intern this summer at 180 Medical. She is a student at Southern Nazarene University where she plays on the women's basketball team.
   

GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Event

by kier May 20 2013 16:14

For the past three years, 180 Medical employees have gotten in wheelchairs and played basketball against a local adaptive sports group to help raise money for their team, the Blaze.

The event included games, a silent auction, and wheelchair basketball games with members of the OU Physician's staff and 180 Medical playing against the GODSA wheelchair basketball team. 

GODSA, otherwise known as the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association, is the adaptive sports group that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. Recreational and competitive events include basketball, track and field, swimming, road racing, table tennis, weight-lifting, and water sports. It promotes health and fitness and teaches life-long skills such as team effort, sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment and responsibility.

The event included games, a silent auction, and wheelchair basketball games with members of the OU Physician's staff and 180 Medical playing against the GODSA wheelchair basketball team.

Chicago Premiere of THE MOVEMENT benefits Adaptive Adventures

by kier April 20 2012 12:39

Adaptive Adventures is a non-profit organization that creates life-changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Through programs like kayaking, wake boarding, skiing, and cycling Adaptive Adventures opens doors for people to get out experience sports despite their disabilities. 

In conjunction with Make a Hero production, Adaptive Adventures has a short film documentary called The Movement that they are inspiring the country with. This film tells the story of five people who faced incredible obstacles, found the inspiration to overcome them and became real everyday heroes. Through skiing, each has ultimately discovered or rediscovered the freedom of movement. The goal of the short film is to increase awareness, participation, and opportunity in adaptive sports across the country. 

The film is narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller and features adaptive sport athletes like Matt Feeney and Chris Waddell. View the trailer below.





180 Medical was proud to help sponsor this premiere to support Adaptive Adventures and all of the opportunities they are making available for those with physical disabilities. The premiere was Thursday, April 19 in Skokie, IL at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The night started with an All Abilities Sports Expo which encouraged people of all abilities to learn more about skiing, kayaking, cycling, and waterskiing from an "adaptive" perspective. The screening of The Movement followed by a Q&A session with Kurt Miller and film participant Matt Feeney.

Right: Matt Feeney is shown with Gretchen from 180 Medical at the event.







RISE Adventures

by admin September 27 2011 18:36
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. 

Rise Adventures Event 2011

 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.
       

Adaptive Sports Equipment Grants Through CAF

by kier September 16 2011 10:09

If you have a physical disability and are thinking about getting more involved in adaptive sports but just don't have the extra money to purchase what can be high-dollar equipment, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has a program called Access for Athletes that awards grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, and monoskis to those who are physically challenged with financial hardships. 

Please visit the Access for Athletes website for detailed information on how to apply. Applications are available now through December.

180 Medical is a proud sponsor of this program!

Photo credit: Challenged Athletes Foundation