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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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Determined2heal Hosts Indoor Skydiving + Surfing Event

Last weekend we had a blast taking dozens of people with SCI, and their family members, on an adventure they will never forget! It was a two-part day that started with adaptive surfing at Virginia Beach thanks to another SCI nonprofit, Life Rolls On, and ended with indoor skydiving at iFLY in Virginia Beach hosted by us. Read about this great event here

Living Boundless with Miss Wheelchair USA Madeline Delp

Ms. Wheelchair USA 2017 Madeline Elizabeth Delp exemplifies the spirit of Determined2heal! Paralyzed in a car accident at age 10, this North Carolina resident is hoping to use her year as to record a multi-part video series that’s all about inspiring people with disabilities to dream big, from doing adaptive sports to traveling. Watch an interview with her here.

Returning to the Water After an Injury

Getting into the water again after a SCI – especially if you drowned during your injury – can be hard! But Ali, a C6 quad, overcame her fears recently and got back into the pool. Read her beautiful words recounting her experience for Push Living here

Paralyzed Racing Fans Get Chance to Drive Racecars

So cool! The owner of Berlin Raceway in Michigan invited 5 people with SCI to try driving a racecar themselves! And the best part – the roof of the car is removable to make Hoyer transfers easier. Read more

Newly-Injured Blog Series: Adjusting to the Shock of a SCI

Are you newly injured? The shock of becoming paralyzed is real. To make sense of your new reality, we’ve put together a list of tips on how to move past the state of shock. What would you add to the list? Read it here

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

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