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The Pieces That Power CAF’s Athlete Grants | The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

February 11, 2017
Challenged Athletes Foundation

SAN DIEGO, CA (Challenged Athletes Foundation) — Everyone is invincible when they’re young. At 21 years old, 6 feet tall, and 185 pounds, my ego and athleticism were larger than life. I dove headfirst into the final water obstacle during a mud race at the behest of the race announcer and immediately broke my neck.

App Developed to Help Fitness for Spinal Injury

February 10, 2017

ATLANTA, GA (TECHMalak) — Shepherd Center, an Atlanta-based not-for-profit hospital, and rehabilitation center release a new app called SCI-Ex, aiming to help people living with spinal injury reintroduce exercise into their lives.

East Coast Adaptive Skier Finally Lives Out Colorado Dream

February 1, 2017
The Aspen Times

ASPEN, CO (The Aspen Times) — Having grown up on the icy East Coast, experiencing Colorado’s mountains and their plentiful snowfall has always been a draw for Liz Dunn. But, before the avid snowboarder from Warren, Pennsylvania, was given the opportunity, fate intervened with a car crash that forever changed her life. 

New Driving Simulator Helps St. Luke’s Rehab Patients Get Back on the Road

January 26, 2017
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, WA (The Spokesman-Review) — Ryan Wilson appeared sure-handed and careful behind the “driver’s wheel” on Wednesday. But the road before him wasn’t a real road. He was seated in a new virtual reality simulator at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, the first of its kind in the area. The simulator is helping him regain his driving skills following complications from a spinal injury. 

Grant Awarded to Spot Urinary Tract Infections Among Spinal Cord Injury Patients

November 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC (Marketwired) — Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support screening for urinary tract infections (UTIs) among patients with spinal cord injuries at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Dr. Zanca Of Kessler Foundation Receives $600,000 Award To Improve Personal Care Services For People With Spinal Cord Injury

November 8, 2016
Satellite Press Releases and News

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Globe Newswire) — Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, of Kessler Foundation is the project director/principal investigator of a Field-Initiated Program award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The nearly $600,000 grant will fund her three-year project to improve the quality of personal care assistance services for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) through on-line education.


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