Monday, October 12, 2009

Oct. 12, 2009: Catching Up!

We've been busy... please take a look.

Thanks to the interest and efforts of Mr. Alan Daoud of Mobility Express at the Sun City Center location, we recently had an opportunity to make a very productive trip to Florida.

On our first day there, we met with Bob Nealy of Lucerne Spinal Center in Orlando, and dropped by the nearby mobility dealer, World of Independence.

The next day, we met Mr. Daoud at the Mobility Express New Port Ritchey location, where he made a presentation demonstrating new mobility options for disabled drivers, where we were very thankful for the chance to participate.

Evaluators from across the country were gathered for the presentation, and it was a great opportunity for us to show how "factory original" our approach remains, while still being in presentation line with a Chevrolet Suburban.

We then traveled on to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, where we met some truly wonderful people, young and older, whose wills remain amazingly heroic even while carrying on with the battle that has followed them home.

Many thanks Mr. Dauod, and to each of you we met along the way... we cannot thank you enough. To everyone else, thank you very much for following along. We'll have more news to share with you soon, and in the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you any time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Superman returns: The historic passage of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act

I'm sure that every one of the other subscribers to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's email newsletter list shared my joy in reading today's announcement from President and CEO Peter Wilderotter trumpeting this news. "Today we applaud the United States House of Representatives for passing the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (CDRPA - Title XIV of H.R.146), included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. The legislation was named for the late Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana, whose courage and grace in the face of adversity, coupled with their extraordinary activism, were an inspiration to millions around the world. The landmark legislation, which enjoyed bi-partisan support and passed in the Senate on January 15, 2009 will promote collaborative research, rehabilitation and quality of life initiatives for millions of Americans living with paralysis and spinal cord injuries. Today is a day of celebration for the paralysis community and we commend Congress for quickly passing this much needed legislation, which honors the spirit and legacy of Christopher and Dana Reeve. There is no better tribute to their dedicated efforts, and they would be so proud, yet humbled, to see this tremendous achievement. We look forward to the President signing this bill into law. On behalf of the Reeve Foundation and millions of Americans living with paralysis, I would like to thank Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) as well as Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) for initially sponsoring this important health bill and for their tireless efforts.Their extraordinary leadership and dedication was instrumental in passing this historic legislation...."

Peter's letter goes on to detail the Act's three components, which aim to support and enhance paralysis research, rehabilitation, and quality of life programs. It's a day to celebrate, and honor the many amazing people behind this coming to pass, including Christopher Reeve himself.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Award winner...

We are very proud to announce that Scott Darnell has won the 2009 ADA/NMEDA New Technology Award. More details are coming soon. In the meantime, many thanks to everyone for the interest and support provided along the way; this win represents the contributions of a lot of people, each of whom is appreciated immensely.

Scott Darnell (LEFT) on Feb. 6, 2009, at the annual NMEDA Conference, where he was presented with this year's ADA/NMEDA New Technology Award.

Friday, January 23, 2009

FDA Approves Stem Cell Study for Spinal Injuries

The newswires are filled with coverage on today's announcement that the FDA has approved the first clinical trial to use human embryonic stem cells to potentially draw recent paraplegics out of the wheelchair and back on their feet. With no pun intended, it's a first step toward what will hopefully lead to a lot of dreams coming true. Here's the link to the story from ABC News: FDA Approves Stem Cell Study for Spinal Injuries; Stem Cell Therapy Worked on Injured Rats; Humans Next Test. And here's the link to their video to accompany the story:

Stem Cell Study Breakthrough, Jan. 23, 2009.