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Grant's Spinal Cord Injury Won't Stop His Dreams

by Jessica June 20 2018 05:38
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Every year since our founder, Todd Brown, instated our annual scholarship program, we've heard so many amazing and inspiring stories from talented and determined students of all ages who are ready to achieve their dreams through higher education and take on the world!

June 1st was the cut-off date for taking applications for the 2018 school year, and in the last few months, we've received a whole new batch of applications from a wide variety of hopeful students, all aiming for their chance to earn one of the seven available 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship awards.

We always look forward to this time of year, and we're excited to begin our judging process soon.

For now, however, we'd love for you to get to know our scholarship recipients of 2017. You can find out more about each one of them and their goals in college, including MeghaFrankChelseaJosephElizabeth, and Heidi.

Last but not least, we're excited to introduce you to the final recipient of 2017. Meet Grant! 

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Achieving Goals Despite Challenges

When Grant was injured 4 years ago at just 15 years old, it's possible that his life might have taken an entirely different direction if he had allowed himself to give up.

However, he worked hard to make it through rehabilitation therapy in just 3 months, despite his severe injury as a new C-6/7/8 quadriplegic. He came home from rehab at the end of the summer and went right back to school in September.

Grant was determined to continue to pursue his educational goals, no matter what new struggles he faced with his new disability. 

In fact, he didn't let his injury stop him from still attending almost every basketball game with his team, and he made sure to cheer his teammates on with a positive spirit.

During his time in high school, he received the Booster Club Senior Athlete of the Year award, as well as the Academic Excellence Award from his current college, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU), for his outstanding GPA and his ACT score.

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Grant works hard in regular physical therapy to build and maintain his strength, despite his spinal cord injury.

Growing & Gaining Ground

adaptive driving for sci grantGrant's primary focus is continuing to work his way through college as a Business major while continuing his physical and occupational therapy. On top of working toward a degree, he has other passions and hobbies that keep him busy, including running his personal YouTube channel, gaming, and even writing a book about his life experiences. 

He recently acquired an adaptive vehicle and got his driver's license, stays active in his local church, and attends a monthly meeting for business owners, entrepreneurs, and creators. He hopes to continue learning from others' experiences in business and use this in his own goals.

Grant has shown true willpower and determination to achieve his dreams and better himself at every opportunity, and we here at 180 Medical wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

About the 180 Medical Scholarship

A college education can be difficult to afford for many students and their families, especially those who are living with conditions like spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, and/or an ostomy (ileostomy, urostomy, or colostomy). That's why 180 Medical established a scholarship program to help students who are determined to achieve their goals, despite their condition.

We have stopped taking applications for the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship as of June 1st. However, you can find full information, including eligibility requirements, at You can also keep an eye on our social media pages for our official announcement of the seven recipients for 2018 on August 1st!

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jessica 180 medical blog authorAbout the Author:

Jessica is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator, & she has been with 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. To her, the best part of working at 180 Medical is the opportunity to truly make a difference in peoples' lives. In her downtime, she enjoys creative writing, seeing new places, & spending time with her loved ones & her dogs. 

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.

SET SAIL, Presented by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

by kier September 27 2011 17:08
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.

Officer Chad Peery, Not Giving Up

by kier September 2 2011 15:19
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.

National Spinal Cord Injury Month

by kier September 1 2011 15:07
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.

A great list of events around the U.S. Search by state to find events in your area to get involved with. 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.

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. 

Muffy Davis, An Inspiration

by admin July 19 2011 09:50
I am sure we all look up to someone at one time in our life who Muffy Davis monoskiingexcels 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.

Because of this, I knew that there would still be plenty of opportunities for me to stay active, even after my spinal cord 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.

Read more about Muffy Davis and monoskiing here.


180 Medical is Ready to Run

by kier May 10 2011 09:34

2011 Courage Run

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.