While traversing the most difficult experience of my life I gained a deeper boldness of hope and strength to get through it, but not solely on my own abilities but by the might and will of my community combined with mine. This is why I believe in the effort of organizations such as More Than Walking. To come out on the other side of a traumatic injury a better, stronger person you need the support of community. Gleaning knowledge from others that have been through something similar is critical to the process of finding a new defiant wholeness no matter the ailment.
Meet Alfredo, whose faith drives him and gives him hope for each new day.
Meet Joe Stone, a proud father and husband who believes that getting involved in your community by joining a support group or adaptive sports is life changing.
I am first a husband and a father, an adaptive athlete and a peer mentor. I also happen to be a survivor of a c6/7 spinal cord injury. I am a quadriplegic. I feel MTW is super important to me because it is a unique one of a kind resource for all things sci related. Being able to be apart and help out with such a project and mission gives me such a satisfied and rewarding feeling. Also, after watching the library of other positive peer mentors with their motivating testimonies one cannot leave without feeling truly inspired.
Meet Joseph Newson Jr. - once a ninja, always ninjaesque.
C6 Complete Quadriplegic from Connecticut, Andrew Vilardo, 15 years post-injuryEdit Video Title: Item 28
"A step is just a metaphor for moving forward," says Andrew, former firefighter, proud father, and wood craftsman.
Meet Corey "Pheez" Lee - rap artist, husband, and father of two kids. "Don't get so caught up on what it is you can't do and try to figure out what else can you do."
Check out Pheez's music channel.
More than walking means to me that God’s grace has an amazing ability to equip the most damaged of His creations and turn them into the most useful creatures. Deterred not by the missing limb...we press forward, though our sight might be impaired, the future is filled with a spectrum of colors unseen. With a fierceness stay encouraged because challenges reinforce the character God has made you to be!
Meet Mike Hurlock, a family therapist and an avid gamer with his nephews. "Life is more than just an injury."
Meet Bill Mancini, an exemplary teacher whose disability became an asset for connecting with students and parents.
T6/7 Complete Paraplegic from Connecticut, Darrell Ruopp, 15 years post-injuryEdit Video Title: Item 1
Meet Darrell Ruopp - occupational therapist, father, and wheelchair basketball player.
Meet Lynn Simoneau. If someone tells her she can't do something, watch out! She will prove them wrong.
Meet Nakeitha Rose. Though she still struggles with her disability and wishes she knew then what she knows now, she believes you should always keep learning to become more independent.
Meet Yesenia Torres, who never takes "no" for an answer and always has a plan: "There's nothing that exists that you can't do in your wheelchair."
"Because learning how to transfer onto a bar-top stool is an important skill to acquire."
Being involved in MTW helps to expand the access to the information that typically isn’t provided by rehab centers. Things like tips for bladder care on an airplane, transferring to a barstool from a chair, and how to navigate up a hidden staircase in a chimney while wearing leg braces are all essential skills that enhance our quality of life but can only be learned from people who have been down the road before us. More importantly, our recoveries after an SCI are not solely focused on walking, but rather living our lives to the fullest in an adaptively abled fashion. That means being able to travel, have a family, independently do our ADLs or driving are the skills and tricks we need to learn, and that is where MTW comes in by connecting people with paralysis and building a support network.
Meet Jonathan Hobbs, the coolest history buff you'll ever run into at the beach.
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