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Determined2Heal helps simplify the transition into life with paralysis. We provide information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends, as well as rehabilitative adventures. Get started in the Steps to Recovery Section.

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News and Announcements

Indoor Skydiving “All Abilities” Night – August 12th!

Determined2heal and SPINALpedia are sponsoring a FREE indoor skydiving adventure for the paralysis community on August 12th in Virginia Beach! We will also be taking the group to a Life Rolls On adaptive surfing event earlier in the day. The first twenty-four people who register (and qualify) will be invited to join us for this special day. To register for this free event, you can do so here. For further info and to RSPV, view our Facebook page for this event here.

The Cure Map

Kelsey Peterson, a C6 quadriplegic from Minnesota, is currently traveling the country with a filmographer and her dog Milo to film The Cure Map, a series of interviews with researchers and individuals in the SCI community to expedite a cure for paralysis. Watch their promo here

Implantable Tech that Restores Movement in Paralyzed Patients Available in 2017

Implanted stimulators have proven to restore *some* movement and sensation in those with SCI. Now they’re getting additional seed money in the US to speed up their development, with certain stimulators possibly available as early as Fall. Read more

Assisted Walking Trials Seeking Participants

Dr. Maria Knikou and her team at CUNY were awarded a $1 million grant earlier this year to study the rehab effects of gait training, using both stimulation and no stimulation (to the spinal cord injury site).  They are currently seeking more people with spinal cord injuries to take part in this important, non-invasive trial. A stipend is also given, and some expenses are covered. For more information on the study visit this link. You can also email Dr. Knikou directly amaria.knikou@csi.cuny.edu.

After Attending Every Class with Son, Mom of Quadriplegic Receives Surprise MBA

Meet our SCI Person of the Week: Judy O’Connor. After attending every class with her son Marty, helping him as his note-taker while he attended Chapman University, she was awarded a surprise honorary MBA when her son graduated earlier in May. Way to go Chapman University for recognizing Judy’s dedication to her son! Read more

Researcher Aims to Protect Nerve Cells Post-Injury

Here is some interesting reading material on neuroprotection strategies pertaining to SCI research, i.e., how the body protects nerve cells after an injury has occurred. The research was conducted by Dr Michael Fehlings and his team at the Toronto Western Hospital. Read more

SCI Superstar: Riley Poor

A lifelong action sports film director who worked for Red Bull, Riley Poor had to re-tool his career after becoming a quad. Now an executive producer at Nike, he’s someone you won’t forget. Also a relationship blogger with his gf Andrea (Poor House Love) and a new fan of adaptive gardening, read about Riley’s life (and see his awesome universal accessible home) in the city of Portland here

Mayo Clinic Helps Paraplegic Stand Using Epidural Stimulation

The Mayo Clinic announced this month that their spinal cord stimulator study is producing exciting results. After successfully replicating the original study done by Dr. Reggie Edgerton at UCLA, they were able to help a T6 paraplegic stand again by stimulating return functional muscle control below the level of injury. Bladder and sexual control was partially restored as well. Go here to see how this young man, who was injured snowmobiling 4 years ago, is making strides thanks to this trial.

Top 10 Most Significant Advances in Spinal Injury Repair

In the last several years, there’s been several advances in the world of spinal cord injury repair. It truly is an exciting time to be alive! While full-on walking has yet to be restored, there are several directions that offer great hope. From the antibiotic Minocycline helping restore muscle control to thought control combined with spinal cord stimulation helping paraplegics stand again, the future for treatments to improve paralysis has never been better. Read the Top 10 Most Significant Advances in Spinal Injury Repair from the Brain And Spinal Injury Centre here

Determined2heal Wins $10k Christopher Reeve Quality of Life Grant

We’re excited to announce that Determined2heal was chosen by The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life program to win $10,000 this year! With this grant, our goal is to take more people on rehab adventures than ever before.  Read our official press release on winning the money here.

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