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Aaron

Aaron »

Aaron got an incomplete spinal cord injury at L-3 when he was shot in front of his own house by rival gang members at 19 years old.

Alley

Alley »

Alley's history of good health changed suddenly when, at age 76, a broken leg led to a pressure ulcer and a series of increasingly serious medical complications.

Alma

Alma »

Alma is a great example of the idea that having a disability doesn't mean that you can't have a full and active life.

Billy

Billy »

A bullet from gang related violence ended Billy's dreams of getting a better life through his athletic scholarship to college.

Brenda

Brenda »

While on the job as a messenger in 1987, Brenda had a car accident that left her with an incomplete spinal cord injury at C-7.

Charlie

Charlie »

Charlie was shot by muggers during a robbery, resulting in a spinal cord injury as well as a possible brain injury.

Chris

Chris »

At age 17 in 1978, Chris got a spinal cord injury diving in a mountain river.

Dave

Dave »

In 1974, 16-year-old Dave was riding his bicycle when a hit-and-run driver left him with a spinal cord injury.

Frank

Frank »

Gang activity left Frank with a gunshot wound that caused a spinal cord injury when he was just barely out of high school.

Gary

Gary »

Traveling with his band to a gig, 19-year-old Gary was hurt in a car accident when the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Helen

Helen »

Helen has been a divorced mother, a problem drinker, and received a spinal cord injury at C-5 following a gunshot wound.

Howard

Howard »

After "60 years of an easy, soft life," Howard received a spinal cord injury at C-5 in a fall from a ladder while painting a house in 1999.

Judy

Judy »

When doctors told Judy, 43, the cervical spinal cord injury she sustained in a car accident in 1993 would leave her housebound for life, her reply was, "Uhhh, no!"

Ken

Ken »

After being drawn into a gang lifestyle, a gunshot wound at age 19 again changed Ken's life, as a caring doctor and a pair of youth pastors inspired him.

Mitch

Mitch »

After acquiring a spinal cord injury at C-6 in a car accident at age 14, Mitch was supported by a large, loving family who looked after him themselves.

Odel

Odel »

In 1983, 28-year-old Odel fell from a tree he was trimming, getting a spinal cord injury at C-4.

Rachel

Rachel »

In 2000, 27-year-old Rachel developed transverse myelitis at C-5/C-6, leaving her with impaired movement and feeling.

Robert

Robert »

Following a car accident that left him with a cervical spinal cord injury in 1995, Robert believed God spared his life so he could "touch the lives of others."

Steve

Steve »

After his brother was killed in a "drive-by," Steve stole a car and got a spinal cord injury during a high speed chase.

Tom

Tom »

Tom was hoping to change his life after a long involvement with gangs when a gunshot wound caused a spinal cord injury.