New Wheelchair, New Bowling Setup, Similar Results?

I recently got a new wheelchair, FINALLY, after nearly 17 years of daily use (typically about 13-14 hours per day) from my first wheelchair. My new wheelchair is a Permobil C300, which has the two foot pedals coming off of a single center post, instead of the traditional two side leg rests supporting one foot […]

UPDATE: Wheelchair Access on Commercial Airlines

We are looking for a minimum of 25,000 signatures before the petition is delivered, and are currently at roughly 19,400. I am not the author, but I am Facebook friends with the author, and say “we” because I identify with the need for fair access on commercial flights and champion the cause. Currently, all wheelchair […]

Wheelchair Access on Commercial Airlines

Power wheelchairs often cost $20,000-$50,000. And yet to fly commercial, currently all wheelchair users must transfer into a regular seat and have their wheelchair stored with the checked luggage. Not only are we at risk for getting pressure sores by transferring to regular seats, but I know of people who have had their wheelchairs significantly […]

Vent-Dependent Quadriplegic Bowls 24th Game of 200+

Just to share some of what is possible, despite the need for a power wheelchair and mechanical ventilation, I’m sharing the scoresheet from my 24th game of 200 or better:For anyone new to my blog, what allows me to bowl is a fancy “ramp like” device called the IKAN Bowler®, which attaches to my wheelchair. […]

25 Things That Surprise the Public about What People with Spinal Cord Injury Can Do

Since this blog is about empowering wheelchair users, I have to share this list of “25 Things That Surprise the Public about What People with Spinal Cord Injury Can Do” from Shepherd Center, a specialty hospital where I rehabbed in 1997. http://news.shepherd.org/25-things-that-surprise-the-public-about-what-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-can-do/ That’s “just” 25 – I’m sure we could come up with quite a […]

A Tribute to Aaron Parker

My friend and fellow Quad Squad bowler Aaron Parker passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of April 24, after a short battle with cancer (I say short because his cancer was discovered approximately 2 weeks before his passing). He is free from paralysis for the first time since July 1, 1981 and […]

Rhonda’s Bowl-a-thon Wrapup

Rhonda’s Bowl-a-thon went great! We had an excellent turnout of Quad Squad folks and able-bodied friends and family, with plenty of good bowling and good fun for all. And more importantly, we did a significant amount of good for Rhonda. Rhonda said she was overwhelmed by all the support and quite grateful for the efforts […]

New Bowling Record for Males with Muscular Dystrophy

Timo Toivonen, a 25-year-old man with spinal muscular atrophy (a form of muscular dystrophy), has upped the mark for males with MD by bowling a very impressive 227. His game included eight strikes and four spares, and if you add that up, you can tell he had no open frames (and had three marks in […]

Article on Our Bowl-A-Thon Efforts

Rhonda’s bowl-a-thon is in eight days and we are trying to spread awareness and gain additional participants and/or sponsors. Yesterday, the Orlando Sentinel published an article. The online version apparently was much shorter than the printed version in the newspaper? I only saw the online version, which is here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-bowl-a-thon-rhonda-reese-20140130,0,2854880.story If that link stops working, […]

Bowl-A-Thon to Help a Quadriplegic

We are having a bowl-a-thon fundraiser on February 8, 2014 to help keep my dear friend Rhonda Reese out of a nursing home for as long as possible. Rhonda has been paralyzed from her shoulders down since a car accident in August of 1991 when she was 25. And at age 47, a nursing home […]