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 […]

Blessings and a Bowl-A-Thon

Below is the body of an email that I wrote to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving. If you read my blog or are friends with me on Facebook, and would like to be on my master email list to which I send occasional updates and things I feel are important, just let me […]