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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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New Stem Cell Graft Research Shows Exciting Results

In a new study published by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, stem cell graphs implanted into mice with the spinal cord injuries shows they seamlessly integrated into the spinal cord, helping the nerve pathways operate normally. To learn more, click here.

Epidural Stimulation in “Complete” Injuries Produces Results

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that by using epidural stimulation, they can help people with so-called “complete” injuries regain movement in their legs after long-term stimulation. This is great news for those injured for several years. Learn more

Check it Out: The Wheeler Paramill

Longing for your gym or therapy center while quarantining? Here is a home exercise machine that many could use with a spinal cord injury – the Wheeler Paramill. A treadmill for manual wheelchair users, this treadmill is operated by rolling onto the machine then locking oneself in and pushing ahead. It tracks how many miles you’ve pushed with a digital screen. Learn more here

Free TerrainHopper Rides Available in Arizona

If you have a SCI and a desire to explore nature independently, an awesome opportunity is available courtesy of Abilty360 in Phoenix, Arizona. They offer free rides on the amazing TerrainHopper, an all-terrain wheelchair that can anywhere and these rides are free of charge. To see upcoming Terrain Hopper Days at Ability360, click here.

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Free Power Beach Wheelchair Rentals Arrive in Miami

Power beach wheelchair rentals are one of the best ways to independently enjoy the beach after a spinal cord injury, and now Miami Beach, Florida is making sure those with paralysis can have that experience too. Available for free at Beach Patrol Headquarters, they are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more

Canadian Researcher Working to Rewire the Spinal Cord

Meet Vivian Mushahwar from the University of Alberta who’s dedicated her life to figuring out a way to rewire the spinal cord. She has been working on her research for over twenty years. Learn more

Josh Basile Helps Design VR System for New Injuries

Josh Basile helped design a virtual reality (VR) system that will be a new therapy component for people with acute injuries at the Shepherd Center. “I’m in a whole new world, and for the first time, I’m in a world that I can actually control without asking a caregiver to move this, move that,” said Josh. “In all honesty, I forgot I was quadriplegic, because every single thing that I saw in the room before went to another reality. Learn more

Josh Basile’s Employment Journey Featured on National Employment Network

The National Disability Rights Network interviewed Josh Basile about his unique disability employment journey from quadriplegic to medical malpractice attorney. Watch the video here

Disney Cruise Line Adds 46 New Accessible Shore Excursions

If you’re a fan of cruising but wish more shore excursions were accessible, the Disney Cruise Line just announced they’re adding 46 new accessible excursions in 39 ports around the world. Suddenly seeing the world got a little bit easier. Learn more

Determined2Heal Begins Training for First Triathlon

A huge THANKS to CITGO for their generosity and sponsorship of Determined2Heal’s first triathlon race. CITGO Fueling Good program gives back to communities across the country. The spinal cord injury and paralysis community are lucky to have CITGO on our side!

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