The I-Bot powerchair is no more

Posted by Ralph | 4:40 PM


Just like DEKA's other discontinued I Glide manual chair, as of January, 2009 "Independence Technology will stop marketing and selling its iBOT power wheelchair in January. A December 12th statement issued by Independence Technology's public affairs agency said, "Despite significant, long-term investment by the company and acceptance of the iBOT mobility system, demand has not proven sufficient to create a sustainable market.
A challenging reimbursement environment for innovative assistive technologies has been a factor in limiting demand." iBOT's Web site - http://www.ibotnow.com/ -- currently lists the chair's price as $26,100. The chair - perhaps best known for its stair-climbing ability - formally debuted as the iBOT 3000 Mobility System in 2003, though it had appeared at industry events and on television news programs for years before that. "


"The iBOT's gyroscope technology, which enables it to balance on two wheels and to climb stairs and other obstacles, is also seen in Segway consumer vehicles and is credited to inventor Dean Kamen. Health-care giant Johnson & Johnson partnered with Kamen's DEKA Research & Development Corp. in 1995 to develop and market the iBOT. Johnson & Johnson formed Independence Technology in 1999, and the division at one time marketed and sold the iGLIDE power-assist manual wheelchair, which was also introduced in 2003. iGLIDE was discontinued the following year.


In 2005, Independence Technology received FDA approval for the iBOT Mobility System 4000, the chair's current iteration. Although iBOT became something of a mainstream media darling thanks to appearances on programs such as NBC's Dateline, even admirers of the general technology wondered about iBOT's seemingly narrow demographic. For instance, the most famous of the iBOT's abilities - stair-climbing - required the user to "guide" iBOT by holding firmly to the staircase's handrail as the chair ascended or descended. Since many power chair users lack that required strength, balance, stamina and/or postural stability, some providers wondered how many of their clients would be able to use iBOT, which also required standard joystick driving and, as a custom-built vehicle, did not generally accommodate other manufacturers' positioning equipment."
My guess is that Dean is putting all his eggs in the basket of his newest addition for helping us differently abled folk, and that is the I-limb, which is his best piece of tech yet.

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Happy New Years Everyone! Here's a mega-post for you because I have been slacking over the holidays......


Chantal Petitclerc, seen competing at the Beijing Paralympics, finished last in her first-ever wheelchair race. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

I have posted a bunch of these "athlete of the year awards" from different countries before. Here is yet another one.... 38 year old Chantal Petitclerc was awarded the CBC's top Canadian athlete award in what they called the "twilight of her career"

"In the twilight of her career, the 38-year-old athlete entered five events (100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1,500 m), and won them all, setting two world records (200 m and 800 m) in the process." I personally wouldn't call that kind of success by those names, but hey..... Here's the whole
article.

> Cybernetics - Cyborg Cockroaches can be made to power their own "electric brains"
Article


> Prosthetics - Qian Hongyan a young chinese Girl using a basketball as a prosthetic has Paralympic dreams.
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Happy Holidays to everyone!

Posted by Ralph | 8:14 AM

Good morning everyone! What ever faith you are or have please keep loving those people important to you. 2009 is less than a week away and I hope you have a great day and an even greater new year!

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Wheelchair Sports Update 12/21/2008

Posted by Ralph | 2:28 AM

Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie / Las Vegas Sun
Congratulations go out to Aaron Foethringham! In addition to Aaron getting into the Guiness Book of World Records for the first backflip done in a wheelchair he was just given 20 grand on Fox Channels new reality show "Secret Millionaire."
Keep it rolling Aaron!

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Medical Prosthetics Update 12/21/2008

Posted by Ralph | 1:00 AM

Photo: Steve Mann from the website Eyeborg
Just a short while ago I posted about a young woman named Tanya Vlach who was embedding a miniature camera directly wired into her brain and placed under the shell of her prosthetic eye, it turns out that she's not the only one that's doing the exact same thing.

Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence is also working on a hard wired miniature camera to replace the eye he lost in an accident involving shovelling dung and implanting a video camera in it's place. Rob lives and works in Toronto, Canada for well known companies like the Discovery Channel, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company,) Space TV and others.
In a recent interview Mr. Spence said "I think it's a natural progression for anyone who has lost an eye. All cell phones now have this tiny camera that could fit in a prosthetic eye and especially as a filmmaker I am interested in any kind of experimental camera work. I had a documentary film producer who once said with great authority, "You are to never shoot anything without a tripod, no one likes shaky footage." He went on to add, "Well that's just not true anymore. the way we see things with our eyes... all of them are very shaky and approximating in a way to our actual sight"

"When I interview someone with my camera eye I will get a completely frank conversation along with the magical eye contact that makes conversations without cameras so special. I don't think you could achieve it as well with spy cameras on glasses. When we look someone right in the eye, it's very human. Ironically, I want to know that feeling by becoming a cyborg. Or an eyeborg as I like to say."



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U.S. Paralympics


"BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Merely two and half months after the United States claimed the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, the team's coaching staff came together at Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site, to select a new group of athletes that will lead Team USA into the future. Following a weekend that tested the players' knowledge, ability and personality, a squad of 18 was chosen that will represent the U.S. at an Americas Zone qualification tournament in the fall of 2009. "


"Jason Regier (Denver, Colo.), Nick Springer (New York, N.Y.) and Chance Sumner (Lakewood, Colo.) all return from the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team, but the remaining 15 athletes are all fairly new to the international wheelchair rugby scene. 2004 U.S. Paralympian and bronze medalist, Brent Poppen (Paso Robles, Calif.), returns to the rugby court after spending four years with the U.S. Paralympics Wheelchair Tennis National Team. Poppen competed in tennis at the Beijing Games, as well. Wheelchair rugby is a co-ed sport, but no female athlete has ever been named to a U.S. squad - until now. Two-sport star Kerri Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.) takes that honor, fresh off a strong performance on the track at the 2008 Paralympic Games. "

"Chad Cohn (Tucson, Ariz.), Derrick Helton (Tucson, Ariz.) and Max Woodbury (Portland, Ore.) each came close to earning a spot on the 2008 team, but narrowly missed the final cut. All three athletes are back and are looking to cement their spots on Team USA. The remaining 10 athletes are all making their first appearance on the national team. Those athletes are Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jace Beck (College Station, Texas), Clayton Braun (Opallon, Mo.), Joe Delagrave (St. Paul, Minn.), Rob Deller (Lebanon, Pa.), Jessie Honl (Gaylord, Minn.), Ryan Lindstrom (Brandon, Fla.), Lee Mercado (Pomona, Calif.), Adam Scatturo (Lakewood, Colo.) and Scott Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.)."

"Head coach James Gumbert (Austin, Texas) says that the group of athletes selected for the 2009 team represents the next generation of wheelchair rugby players from the United States. "We have a great, young group of men and women that will be working to continue the long history of success of the U.S. wheelchair rugby program."

2009 U.S. Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby National Team

Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Jace Beck (Austin, Texas)
Clayton Braun (Opallon, Mo.)
Chad Cohn (Tucson, Ariz.)
Joe Delgrave (St. Paul, Minn.)
Rob Deller (Lebanon, Pa.)
Derrick Helton (Tucson, Ariz.)
Jessie Honl (Gaylord, Minn.)
Ryan Lindstrom (Brandon, Fla.)
Lee Mercado (Pomona, Calif.)
Kerri Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.)
Brent Poppen (Paso Robles, Calif.)
Jason Regier (Denver, Colo.)
Adam Scatturo (Denver, Colo.)
Nick Springer (New York, N.Y.)
Scott Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.)
Chance Sumner (Denver, Colo.)
Max Woodbury (Portland, Ore.)



I think it's absolutely awesome that a woman has been chosen for a spot playing "Murderball" for the U.S. team, god knows she's gotta be TOUGH. There are about 500 players worldwide and only about 12 compete, here's a pic and an excellent
article from 2006.

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Voc. Rehab case

Posted by Ralph | 11:13 AM

Sorry I haven't put up anything since Saturday. I have been completely swamped with my case. My final meeting as far as the business plan goes was this morning. The meeting was perfect, all that's left now is to make sure that I have places to buy equipment from. I'm working on that so I'll still be here, just not with any regularity.

Soon, very soon now I will be in full work mode. Powerchair... done. Business plan... done. Vendors... almost done. Corporate Account.... done. Insurance...... done.

I'm so close now.

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Press Release, Woodbury Bulletin: Published Friday, December 12, 2008


"Jon Rydberg has accepted the position of head girl’s tennis coach. Jon has extensive playing experience. He was the #1 ranked wheelchair tennis player in the world and is a two-time Paralympian (2004 & 2008) and an eight-time United States Wheelchair World Cup team member.


Jon was on the University of Texas-Arlington 1997 wheelchair basketball national championship team. He has coaching experience at many tennis clinics and recreation programs as well as being the head coach of the Timberwolves affiliated wheelchair basketball team.


Jon knows how to play the game of tennis, compete, and have fun doing it, He will teach the young women at East Ridge to do the same as well as to overcome the challenges that they may experience in life."


I don't know where the Woodbury Bulletin got their stat that Jon "was the world's #1 ranked tennis player, the IWTF page on his career stat's has his highest ranking as #11 in Jan. of '02 with 183 wins and 127 losses and a current rank of 16, it's still awesome that the growing and open minded public system is willing to hire a wheelchair bound coach for able bodied teenagers.


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"WATERBURY, Conn. -- A Naugatuck man is among those to get the world’s first bionic hand.

Robert Lingl received the hand at the Waterbury office of the national company that helped develop the technology.

“I got into an altercation with another vehicle and ended up rolling the truck on the highway and got my hand caught between the roof and road,” Lingl said.

He said he remembers that night in 1990 well. He said it’s the night he lost the lower part of his left arm.

He admitted he had been driving drunk, but said that after years of therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous, he was ready to reclaim his life.

But he said he needed a hand, figuratively and literally. That’s where Hanger Prosthetics came in.

Hanger developed the iLimb, a bionic hand that allows full range of motion in all five fingers as opposed to the old-technology prosthetics.

“These were only just dummy fingers,” said Jeffrey Murray, of Hanger Prosthetics. “You had no motion in them. With the new technology, you can fully close in on an object. Every finger has motion.”

The way it works, Lingl said, is that if he wants to pick up a baseball, his brain will send a signal to his wrist, which will send an electrical signal to the electrodes in the hand and allow him to pick it up with his left hand.

“It’s a whole new way of life,” he said. “My boys, they're going to be getting into the age of getting into sports and stuff, and dad will be able to do stuff.”

For example, he said, he’ll be able to fish with them and cast a line.

“They're already calling me Robot Dad and stuff,” he said.

But Lingl said he almost didn’t get the life-changing hand. He said Blue Cross/Blue Shield refused three times to pay for the iLimb. But his persistence paid off, he said. He said he appealed each time and finally won.

Lingl said he hopes his persistence will inspire others.

For now, Lingl said he’s getting used to using two hands again.

“You need to set the goal that you want and then persistently stay at it,” he said.

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I have put some really cool dis-abled people, and the things they can do on this blog but this might be the best one yet.


"- I never say, `I can`t do that`. I just say, `I haven`t worked it out yet`. I`ve been terrified and fascinated of flying for as long as I can remember - said 25-year-old Jessica Cox, born without hands, world media report."



"She is the first person to have managed flying a plane without arms: with her feet. This is also how she writes, drives, answers her mobile phone or applies make-up, among other things.



Flying is, she says, a fascinating feeling, and before liftoff in a specially adjusted plane, she went through three years of special training.



She has also attained a degree in psychology and is the owner of a double black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, and has not used her arm prosthetics since she was 13 years old.



Her only fear was flying, but after three years of flying a plane in flying school and 89 flying lessons with an instructor, she has mastered this class.



Now, Jessica is studying to become a flight instructor, because, she says, she wants to help other disabled persons to learn how to fly."

Photo taken from Jessica's website

Source






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"Darren Kenny, who became Britain's most successful Paralympics cyclist when he won four gold medals and one silver in Beijing, won the BBC South's Disabled Sportsperson Award on Sunday.


Kenny became disabled after an accident in the 1988 Junior Tour of Ireland. When he returned to racing in 2000, he won the National disabled circuit championship and a silver medal on the track at Manchester and was invited to join Team GB.


In the Athens 2004 Paralympics, he won two gold medals, a silver and also broke the 1km world record. He currently holds all five track world records for his class. His four gold medals in Beijing came in the individual pursuit, 1-kilometre TT, team sprint, and road race. He won silver in the road TT.


Olympic and World road race champion Nicole Cooke was second in Sunday's BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Winner was Wales Rugby wing Shane Williams, ahead of Cooke who won in 2003, and boxer Joe Calzaghe, the winner in 2006 and 2007.

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Paralympian win's Sweden's top sports award

Posted by Ralph | 12:00 PM



AP Photo:Elizabeth Dalziel
Just another testament of how popular and well recognized disabled athletes are... A Swedish Paralympian has been awarded their countries highest sports award. He joins quite a long list of other Paralympians that have also won, or nominated for such honors since the massive success of the Beijing games.


"STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Shooter Jonas Jacobsson, a triple gold medallist at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, on Tuesday won Sweden's top sports honour.


Jacobsson was named the winner of the "Bragdguld" medal, awarded annually by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet to honour the biggest achievement by a Swedish athlete.


Jacobsson, 43, won gold medals in the mixed 50-metre free rifle, the men's 10-metre air rifle and the men's 50-metre free rifle in Beijing.


He has won at least one gold medal at every Paralympics since 1980. "
Jacobsson has won a total of 16 gold medals in Paralympic competitions alone, "His coach Anders Sundell said, "He is super. He is probably the best disabled shooter in the world."


Sources: Canadian Press and Xinhua

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My new power chair!

Posted by Ralph | 11:15 AM

YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw! I'm finally getting my powerchair and it is so cool. It's a Quickie 525S with upgraded motors, desk-length armrests w/ swing away controllers, black opal metallic paint, a Jay 2 backrest and most importantly a 21 inch seat to floor height.

Being able to get under tables is so critical when one works on the computer as much as I do and that seat height was absolutely imperative. I will be posting a pic sometime today! Until then.......

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British Paralympian sentenced for fraud

Posted by Ralph | 8:51 AM

32 year old British Paralympic fencer Lee Fawcett received a four month suspended sentence for de-frauding England's Disability stipend, receiving 65 pounds a week while buying and selling millions of dollars worth of luxury cars.

Exploiting a loop-hole in England's system Mr. Fawcett bought and sold 8 million pounds worth of luxury cars over a three year period, earning more than 170,000 pounds in 18 months, while still getting a disability pension.

The sentence also included a 500 pound court cost fee and ordered to re-pay all of the money he received under the pension program. Hundreds of luxury cars like Bentley's, Ferrari's, Porsche's and Range Rover's were bought and sold avoiding tax because they were classified second hand and had been modified for the disabled.

Source

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NBC to re-play Paralympic special

Posted by Ralph | 8:27 AM

Just like the title says and a testament to just how popular the Paralympics are. NBC is re-airing a 90 minute special on the Beijing Paralympics, narrated by Bob Costas the show will be on at 4:30 today

"The stories of U.S. Paralympians as they prepare for and compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games will be featured once again on NBC this Saturday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The documentary, which originally aired November 9, takes viewers on a compelling journey into the lives of U.S. Paralympians as they vie for triumph in Beijing, China.

The 90-minute broadcast is narrated by NBC Sports’ Bob Costas."NBC and GE's broadcast of the 2008 Paralympics provides all Americans an opportunity to be introduced to some outstanding performances and amazing role models that represented the U.S. at the 2008 Games," said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, U.S. Olympic Committee.

"The fact that NBC and GE are airing this show on network television also speaks to the growing importance and value of the Paralympic movement in the U.S."The NBC Sports’ Paralympic special, produced by Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports producer David Michaels, provides an in-depth look at the determination of eight athletes and the U.S. Paralympic Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team."

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Almost a week without posting

Posted by Ralph | 12:18 PM

I spent the whole weekend working like crazy on my Vocational Rehabilitation case now that I'm off the waiting list. There is so much to be done. I have to get all the companies I'm buying my equipment from to sign a vendor agreement so that they can get paid from the State of Florida.

Soundprofessionals.com has signed all the docs. I'm trying to get Amazon.com's headquarters phone number and get the docs over to them today. It is just so cool that 90% of my gear is coming from them because the vendor agreement is the "size of a phonebook" according to Chris at soundpro.

So that's the reason why I haven't been updating lately, and I probably won't be until after Dec. 15th when my case finals. I'm going to ask a friend to post for me but no promises...... I will be getting my powerchair next week, it was shipped on the 25th, being assembled now and good god am I looking forward to that!

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From U.S. Paralympics
"STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Eight wheelchair curling athletes are still in the hunt for five spots on Team USA for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
The first of three tryouts concluded Nov. 16 in Utica, N.Y. The field was narrowed to the following eight athletes:
* James Pierce, 45, North Syracuse, N.Y. Pierce competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as three world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze; 2007 and 2005)
* Julia Dorsett, 40, West Chester, Penn.
* Jacqueline Kapinowski, 45, Point Pleasant, N.J. In her first year of curling, Kapinowski made Team USA and won bronze at the 2008 World Wheelchair Championship.
* Tammy Delano, 35, Rome, N.Y.
* Augusto Perez, 36, East Syracuse, N.Y. USA Curling's 2008 Male Athlete of the Year, Perez competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as the two world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze, and 2007)
* Roy Heathcoat, 43, Franklin, Wis.
* James Joseph, 46, New Hartford, N.Y. Joseph competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as three world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze; 2007 and 2005)
* Patrick McDonald, 42, Orangevale, Calif.
Two additional tryouts will take place in the next two weeks. The athletes will compete at the Fourth Annual Cathy Kerr Memorial Bonspiel on Nov. 29 in Ottawa and the Second Annual U.S. Open International Bonspiel, Dec. 5-7, in Utica. The team selection will be announced Dec. 7 or 8.
The selected five-person team, in accordance with World Curling Federation rules, must be composed of both genders. Four athletes form the on-ice team with a fifth athlete selected as the alternate. They will compete at the 2009 World Wheelchair Championship, Feb. 21-28, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and be nominated to Team USA for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, March 12-21, 2010, also in Vancouver."

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Happy Turkey Day!

Posted by Ralph | 1:26 PM

NUFF SAID

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Corporate Branding, one see's it everywhere these days, on the TV, in movies, on cars and rolling buses with mini, scrolling billboards, even in the newest of custom stencil brands used by Graffiti artists.

Now Corporate Branding has found yet another leg to stand on us with, and this time it's not only artificial, it's science future. Not that I mind, science future is science today, and when you have billions of dollars of R&D money to throw at a project why not make it a worthwhile one that could possibly deflect some of the negative attention of your slave shops.




Well that's exactly what corporate juggernaut Nike did, by designing a state of the art sports prosthetic leg. Designed by Colin Matsco, Nike's Air Jordan brand has been chosen for a one of a kind, very futuristic looking prosthesis for one lucky young man, so far, and man does it look amazing!






Custom sports prosthetics are advancing in leaps and bounds everyday, helping millions of people worldwide to live more natural lives. It was only a matter of time before the corporations got into more elaborate branding schemes, even Tag Heuer has gone and made their own very refined example, typically European, understated but still beautiful and completely functional leg.












If a pair of Jordan's sneakers are well over a $100, and Tag's go for thousands I can only imagine how much one of these is going to hurt your wallet! But the looks! Priceless...



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More Prosthetics Hilarity!

Posted by Ralph | 4:54 PM

A one-legged man remanded in custody has managed to outrun three security guards - leaping over fences and walls as he made his escape.

But the 28-year-old had other ideas and bolted away “like a Paralympic sprinter”, according to witnesses.
Guards hadn’t handcuffed him because he was using crutches.

But Hill ditched the walking aids and left the three overweight security guards in his wake as he ran 180 metres, leapt a 1.5 metre wall and a number of fences before disappearing into a block of flats.

Hill was fitted with a false leg after being disabled in a pitbull attack.An embarrassed court security officer told the Sun newspaper he couldn’t believe Hill got away.

“I can’t believe a man with one leg managed to run away. He was a really good actor,” said...

“He was like a sprinter in the Paralympics… the guards are fat and smoke too much so they couldn’t catch him.”

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Wheelchair Sports Update

Posted by Ralph | 4:45 PM


"Belgaum India: A team of five physically challenged swimmers of Swimmers’ Club and Aquarius Swim Club, Belgaum have brought laurels to the state by bagging 17 gold medals, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals at the 9th National Paralympics Swimming Championship.


Rajesh Shinde of Belgaum received `Best Swimmer of the Meet Award’.


The team comprises of three physically challenged, one hearing impaired and one mentally challenged swimmers. Shinde has bagged gold medals in 100 meters butterfly, 100 meteres back-stroke, 100 metrs breaststroke, 100 metres freestyle, 200 meters individual medley and 4x100 meters free style relay.


Raghavendra Anvekar won gold medals in 50 meters butterfly, 50 meters back-stroke, 50 meters breast-stroke, 50 meters free-style and 4x100 meters free-style relay. Atish Jadhav bagged gold medals in 50 meters butterfly, 50 meters back-stroke, 50 meters breast-stroke and 50 meters free-style. Umesh Khade bagged gold in 100 meters breast-stroke and silver medals in100 meters back-stroke, 100 meters free-style and 200 meters individual relay"


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Wheelchair Sports Update

Posted by Ralph | 12:37 PM



By JEANINE deBOER, Mandarin Sun 11/22/2008


"The still waters of Victory Lake on the Westside were the backdrop on a recent Saturday for 22 people who did something that most people - including themselves - thought they would never do."


"From amputees to quadriplegics and from age 10 to adult, the group members water-skied, some for the first time in years and many for the first time ever, during a free water ski clinic provided by UCanSki2 and hosted by Brooks Rehabilitation."

Steve Kenny, for example, had not water-skied since an injury left him in a wheelchair 15 years ago.


"It was totally awesome," he said as volunteers rolled him back onto dry land.


Kenny said he didn't even realize when the other skiers let him go. "It was the closest rush to skydiving," he said.


Mandarin-area resident Ashton Sumner, 10, was the youngest to ski at the event. He was paralyzed in a car accident about four years ago and has been involved with Brooks Rehabilitation for a little more than a year.


Full Story:Source


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Taken from LA Times online

By Joanna Lin:

It's been a tough eight years for Harold Leon Bostick. The aspiring lawyer and lifelong athlete became a quadriplegic when weightlifting equipment at his gym crashed down onto his neck.

Seven years of litigation ended this week with Bostick $18.6 million richer, but no less relieved.No amount of the money, the 39-year-old Pennsylvania native says, would give him the life he had before the evening of Jan. 4, 2001.

"It's kind of like a mini-death," Bostick said Wednesday outside U.S. District Court, where a jury awarded him more than $11 million in the second lawsuit stemming from his injury. "The walking me died in 2001. Now there's the rolling me."

He says he fears the jury's verdict will be appealed and that his legal problems will never be resolved.

Bostick, a former Marine who holds degrees in chemical engineering, business and law, suffered temporary amnesia after the accident. Much of what happened the day of his accident remains hazy, but what he does remember began like many of his regular workouts at Gold's Gym in Venice.

He warmed up on an elliptical machine, stretched and headed toward a Flex Equipment Co. Smith machine to do squats. He started with about 90 pounds of weight, and increased it after each set. A few sets and a couple hundred pounds into his workout, the horizontal bar of weights fell.Because no adjustable safety stops were installed on the machine, Bostick crumpled to the floor.

Bostick sued Flex and Gold's Gym. He offered to settle with Flex and its insurer, Atlantic Mutual, for its policy limit of $1 million.

Estimating that a loss at trial could easily exceed $1 million, an attorney for Atlantic Mutual said "it may be dangerous to reject the plaintiff's current offer" and recommended settlement, according to court documents. Atlantic Mutual never responded to Bostick's offer, and the case went to trial.

Full Story:Source

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My Voc. Rehab business grant.

Posted by Ralph | 10:43 PM

Proof that hard work pays off!

My counsellor told me that "I'm off the waiting list," and my case "is a done deal," now I can get everything I need. My chair should get here at just about the same time as my gear starts getting ordered.

All my dreams are coming true!

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Wheelchair Sports Update

Posted by Ralph | 10:46 AM

Taken from TheDestinLog.com

Source: Fraser Sherman

"Being told at 24 that he’d never walk again changed the shape of Florida filmmaker Brian Dery’s dreams.

Dery recovered from his paralysis, which was brought on by the Guillain-Bare virus, but instead of resuming his plan of heading to Hollywood, he created a Florida company, Triple Knot Productions, devoted to documentaries about disabled individuals.

“Going The Distance,” a documentary about quadriplegic Destin resident Charlie Ekizian, will premiere at the Emerald Coast Conference Center on Friday.

“My claim to fame is that I’ve been 40 years in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic without being (institutionalized),” Ekizian told The Log. “A lot of that is because of activities.”

Ekizian also discovered that while people stood ready to provide activities and support to children with spinal injuries, there was little support available for men 15 to 25 years old, whose lifestyle has a much higher risk of injury.

To change that, he and his wife Danielle founded the Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association to give people with spinal cord injuries and similar disabilities a way to keep experiencing sports, recreation and life.

Not only is living in the community healthier for individuals, Ekizian said, it’s less of a financial cost to society than warehousing them in nursing homes.

“The idea is, you try to help someone, they try to help you, help the next guy down the line,” Ekizian said. “If you can get them active and doing something they didn’t think they can do, like say, take them kayaking ... They might go on and say let me go back to school, let me go back to work.

WANT TO WATCH“Going The Distance” will be shown 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center.

Here's the trailer

Website: http://www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com/

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Prosthetics update - Hilarity ensues!

Posted by Ralph | 2:01 PM




Here's the genius!


MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — Authorities on Florida’s east coast have arrested a man in a wheelchair who they say robbed a credit union on Merritt Island and hid the money in his prosthetic leg.


MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — Authorities on Florida’s east coast have arrested a man in a wheelchair who they say robbed a credit union on Merritt Island and hid the money in his prosthetic leg.


Investigators say he came into the credit union about 4 p.m., told a teller he was armed with an explosive and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Brevard County deputies say 45-year-old Christopher Warren Reed was caught Friday afternoon about 10 minutes after they say he robbed Space Coast Credit Union. Reed is a paraplegic who uses a motorized wheelchair.

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Cyborg update - Darpa's Bionic Arm

Posted by Ralph | 10:56 AM

I'll take two please! "The U.S. military is building an ambitious bionic arm that is controlled by thought and provides sensory feedback. Here's the latest prototype, showing the movements of the hand." Source:Wired News

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Cyborg update - Bionic Eye

Posted by Ralph | 10:39 AM

"BANGALORE: Texas Instruments, the semiconductor design and manufacturing giant, in collaboration with Narayana Hrudyalaya hospital is all set to kick off clinical trials on a prosthetic eye implant that will help patients regain their eyesight. The clinical trials for the ‘bionic vision’ technology will begin by the end of 2009 under the leadership of Dr Rajani Battu. "

"The device consists of a miniature camera that captures images transmitted to a processing unit and a receiver located behind the ear. The impulses from the camera are passed on to the optic nerve just like the eye would in a person with eyesight. The prosthetic functions as a cornea and directs the light into the eye. Elaborating on the technology, Dr Battu said, “Retinal prosthetics are one way to treat a host of diseases that affect the eye.” The trials will be conducted on people aged above 55 years and living within or close to the city. "

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That's great news for Tanya Vlach and many others!

Bionic Eye Video from Youtube.

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"A MUSICIAN who lost four fingers in a work accident is set to pick up his guitar on stage again after being fitted with artificial digits."

"Father-of-two Neil Scallion, from Chester Road, Southport, faced the prospect of never again being able to play with his band The Blueshounds after losing fingers and part of his thumb four years ago in an accident involving a circular saw."

Source-John Siddle

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New addition to my Friends

Posted by Ralph | 9:23 AM

David Lega



Even though I haven't spoken with him yet I'm adding his info and web-link here, definitely worthy of recognition





> Swimmer in the Swedish national team for the disabled, 1993—2000
> Beat 14 world records during his career
> Winner of the Whang Youn Dai Award (Triumph of the Human Spirit) in Atlanta, 1996
> One Gold and two Silver medals at the European Championships in Spain, 1997
> Three Gold and two Silver medals at the World Championships in New Zealand, 1998
> One Gold and three Silver medals, and one Bronze medal, at the European Championships in Germany, 1998
> Elected to IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Swimming 2000
> Board member of the Swedish Sports Organization for the Disabled since 2003
> Board member of the Swedish Sports Academy since 2005
> Jury member for the Svenska Dagbladets ‘Bragdguld’ Gold Medal since 2006

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2010 Paralympics update

Posted by Ralph | 9:06 AM

Dr. Bruce Davidson named Paralympics Chief Medical Officer

"November 12, 2008 - The Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today that Kamloops physician Dr. Bruce Davidson has been selected as the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian team at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Dr. Davidson, who currently combines work in emergency medicine at the Royal Inland Hospital with sports medicine at the Sage Sports Institute, both in Kamloops BC, has been involved for in sports medicine for the past 18 years. In his role as CMO, he will be managing a multi-discipline health care team and overseeing the health care services that will be provided to the entire Canadian team.

Bruce’s ties to British Columbia date much further than his arrival in Kamloops from Atlantic Canada in 2008. He started his sports medicine career as an athletic trainer through SportMedBC’s “SportsAider” program in the 1980’s and was a graduate student at the UBC Sports Medicine Clinic (now the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre) working as an athletic trainer for UBC sports teams. He has three degrees from UBC: Bachelor of Physical Education, Master of Physical Education and Doctor of Medicine and was a member of the core medical team at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and was Chief Medical Officer at the 2007 ParaPanAmerican Games in Brazil."

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Finally getting my chair!

Posted by Ralph | 10:55 AM


After months of delay's and switching from one chair to another to get one that would serve my purposes and be cost effective. I can't believe it took so long, but none of that matters now! My Quickie 525S will hopefully be here before my hearing for my business on December 2nd. It usually takes two to three weeks, if it's the former instead of the latter I would be ecstatic!

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"The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of SouthFlorida invites applications for one tenure-track position at theAssistant Professor level starting August 2009. The position requiresan earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or a closely relatedfield. The candidate is expected to collaborate in the interdisciplinaryresearch thrust areas in robotics and biomechanics. The University has aCenter for Rehabilitation Engineering & Technology with researchemphasis on Rehabilitation Robotics, Prosthetics & Orthotics, andAssistive Technologies. The candidate will be expected to establish astrong externally funded research program and demonstrate commitment toboth undergraduate and graduate teaching. The Department stronglyencourages applications from women and under-represented minorities."

Sounds great! If they need test subjects I'm there!

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Source: Jin Kiyokawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer



Takehiko Inoue's eyes were bloodshot when he sat down for an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, since the famous mangaka had just come out of a room where he had been working day and night to meet a deadline on his series Vagabond, which has been running in the manga magazine Morning (Kodansha Ltd.) since 1998.

The subject of the interview was his manga Real, which has been serialized in the young men's manga weekly Shukan Young Jump (Shueisha Inc.) since 1999. It comes out in a book format only once a year, with the eighth volume only recently published.

The subject of the interview was his manga Real, which has been serialized in the young men's manga weekly Shukan Young Jump (Shueisha Inc.) since 1999. It comes out in a book format only once a year, with the eighth volume only recently published.

Real breaks away from conventional portrayals of the disabled as innocent people who are weak in every way. A wheelchair basketball player punches out a teammate in one scene, and a high school student partially paralyzed in an accident uses abusive language in his hospital bed in another. Full text

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I found an amazing website

Posted by Ralph | 3:22 PM

I came across this site copmpletely by chance and it is so right up my alley kind of thing! Tanya is an artist and San Fran. native who lost an eye from a car accident in '95

"The day Hurricane Katrina hit, Tanya Vlach was driving on the other side of the country to one of the largest arts festivals in the world. At dusk she was found unconscious from a traumatic accident. Ms. Vlach barely came out alive, losing her left eye in the tumble. Becoming this intimate with death, Ms. Vlach is driven by the consciousness of the fragile and nature of life and her work is imbued with this sense of urgency." Website

Her "Call to Engineers" post is what caught my eye

I am attempting to recreate my eye with the help of a miniature camera implant in my prosthetic / artificial eye. The intraocular installation of an eye-cam will substitute for the field of vision of my left eye that I lost in 2005 from a car accident. While my prosthetic is an excellent aesthetic replacement, I am interested in capitalizing on the current advancement of technology to enhance the abilities of my prosthesis for an augmented reality.

Here's a youtube vid of what she's trying to do.

So cool! I sent her an email to learn more. Check back.

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James Joseph & Augusto Perez with the Paralympic torch


Picture source: USACurl



The U.S. is holding it's 5 member team tryouts for Team USA starting Friday in Stevens Point, Wis. The team that's picked will represent the US at the 2009 World Wheelchair Championships and Paralympics in Vancouver.



The team will choose it's members after three individual drills to evaluate their skills and game tactics. The tryouts continue at the Fourth Annual Cathy Kerr Memorial Bonspiel in Ottawa Can. on Nov. 29 and finish with the 2nd Annual US Bonspiel in Utica, NY Dec. 5th through 7th.


A curling team consists of five players, and must have both sexes in wheelchair competion and this years team will be one of these ten players.


> Augusto Perez, 36, East Syracuse, N.Y. USA Curling's 2008 Male Athlete of the Year, Perez competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as the two world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze, and 2007)


> Tammy Delano, 35, Rome, N.Y.


> Julia Dorsett, 40, West Chester, Penn.


> Roy Heathcoat, 43, Franklin, Wis.


> James Joseph, 46, New Hartford, N.Y. Joseph competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as three world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze; 2007 and 2005)


> Patrick McDonald, 42, Orangevale, Calif.


> Jacqueline Kapinowski, 45, Point Pleasant, N.J. In her first year of curling, Kapinowski made Team USA and won bronze at the 2008 World Wheelchair Championship.


> James Pierce, 45, North Syracuse, N.Y. Pierce competed at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games as well as three world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze; 2007 and 2005)


> John Powell, 60, Balch Spring, Texas


> Robert Prenoveau, 43, Chittenango, N.Y. Has been the alternate at two world wheelchair championships (2008, bronze, and 2005


"Wheelchair curling began in Europe in the late 1990s and in North America in 2002. The first World Wheelchair Curling Championships was held in Sursee, Switzerland in 2002, and was won by the host nation who beat Canada 7 - 6 in the final. It d├ębuted as a Paralympic sport at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Torino. Canada won the gold medal, beating Great Britain 7-4 in the final. GB skip Frank Duffy, with the final stone, had a wide open hit of a Canadian stone in the four foot to win the game, but he missed. " Wiki

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Photo: Lynne Slacky/AP

"DORAL, Fla. (AP) — The most meaningful streak in golf did not end at Doral."

D.J. Gregory is going to another PGA Tour event this week in New Orleans. He will watch another player and tell another story. He will walk every hole of every round at the Zurich Classic, just as he has done the previous 12 tournaments, and will do the next 24 tournaments until his amazing journey ends at the Tour Championship.

Gregory carries a handicap of 36, the highest possible.

He also carries a cane.

Gregory, 30, has cerebral palsy, which he refers to more as an inconvenience than an ailment. He was given little hope of ever walking across the living room, much less up the 18th fairway at Riviera.

"I can do everything anyone else can do," he said. "Just a little slower."

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This article is a marvelous piece on a worrisome trend of a very foul Central Nervous System disease that is striking down Italian Soccer players at an alarming, and tragic rate.

Paralysis (MND) on a large scale in Italian Footballers
By: Matthew Campbell - "In a case that could have come straight from the pages of a medical thriller, Italy is investigating a mysterious epidemic among former professional footballers, dozens of whom have been killed by a disease that paralyses its victims.

The latest to be stricken is Stefano Borgonovo, a 44-year-old former striker for AC Milan. His announcement that he was suffering from motor neurone disease (MND) was made from a wheelchair with a computer-generated voice and has chilled a nation of football fans who are used to considering players as idols rather than martyrs.
A climate of fear and suspicion hangs over the stadiums. According to one theory, the incurable disease might be linked to pesticides used on football pitches. Others suggest it could be a result of doping or physical injuries from tackles or repeatedly heading the ball.

“The truth is, we just don’t know,” said Adriano Chio, a neurologist and Italy’s foremost expert on the condition, which is known in America as Lou Gehrig’s disease after an American baseball player who died of it in 1941.

Related LinksDoctor calls on FA to study motor neurone risk Chio’s research has shown that professional footballers in Italy are seven times more likely to develop motor neurone disease than others.

Midfielders seem particularly vulnerable, perhaps because they are tackled more than other players.

“It is very curious,” said Christopher Shaw, professor of neurology at King’s College London. “There’s been a suspicion for a long time that sportsmen are susceptible.” Raffaele Guariniello, a magistrate from Turin, enlisted Chio to do an epidemiological survey after his own investigation into a high incidence of cancer and heart problems in Italy’s premier league exposed the presence of an even more sinister scourge among the ranks of the retired players. He discovered that 41 of them had suffered lingering deaths since 1973 from MND, which destroys the body’s motor nerves, eventually resulting in paralysis.

Among the victims were Gianluca Signorini, a former captain of Genoa, who died in 2002 at the age of 42, and Adriano Lombardi, a former Como midfielder who died last year, aged 62.
Having survived with the disease for more than 40 years, Stephen Hawking, the astrophysicist, is a rare exception: most patients die within five years of their diagnosis.
According to Paul Wicks, a British expert on the condition, doctors cite it as “the one they would not want to get”. Why Italian footballers should be so vulnerable is baffling the experts. “Some say it could be due to doping, but if that’s the case then why aren’t other sports similarly affected?” said Paolo Zeppilli, the Italian national team’s doctor. Meanwhile, Guariniello said that inquiries had been made about cycling, basketball and volleyball, but in those sports “not a single case emerged”.

Other European countries, including Britain, are taking note. Spain says it knows of no cases among its footballers and French doctors also were unaware of any link between football and the disease, but note that mysterious “clusters” of sufferers have occurred at different times in different parts of the world.

“In Chicago 11 victims were found in the same building and we have never even begun to understand why,” said Vincent Meininger, one of France’s leading neurologists. Wicks, a neuro-psychologist who runs PatientsLikeMe, an online support group for people suffering from a number of neurological conditions including MND and Parkinson’s disease, believes that there may be an “athletic gene” that makes people more vulnerable. He said an American study had found that a disproportionate number of sufferers had played sports at university level. “It is probably a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors,” he said.
The Italian magistrate, whose interest sprang from an inquiry into illegal doping in the country’s top league – Serie A – in the late 1990s, has ordered stadium groundsmen to be questioned about pesticides used over the past 50 years.

He has sent investigators to victims’ bedsides to reconstruct their careers with a special emphasis on the injuries they might have sustained, the drugs they took and the fields they played on. Italian players are understandably concerned.

“If you look at the statistics for the number of players affected, there is reason to be worried,” said Fabio Cannavaro, the Italy and Real Madrid defender. Borgonovo’s plight has moved the nation. The Dutch former star Ruud Gullit, his old teammate, was among the big names who turned out for a friendly match between Fiorentina and AC Milan to raise money for research. Borgonovo, who has set up a foundation to support research into MND, watched from his wheelchair.

“I want to find the money for researchers to find the penicillin of 2008,” he said. He, for one, does not blame Italy’s favourite game for his plight. “I think it is down to a genetic malformation,” he told an Italian newspaper through a computer that turns his blinks into words, a lengthy and frustrating process. “Leave football alone,” he added. “If I could go back,

I’d put my boots back on and score a 90th-minute goal against Juventus.” The Italian football federation donated €150,000 (£122,000) out of the revenue from last month’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro to help to fund a taskforce of scientists in the investigation.

Some players have suggested donating 1% of their salaries to finance research, an idea that will be debated by their union. For once, nobody is grumbling about what they earn. From Times OnlineFrightening stuff. "€



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Super corporation of just about everything electric, Japan's Honda corp. is walking it"s huge self into the new market of powered exoskeletons with this strange looking contraption. It really does look odd, not to mention extremely uncomfortable "down there."

The device ways 14.3 pounds, is designed for people within two inches or more than 5 feet, 7 inches. That's not the only design flaw, the unit only works for two hours without re-charging.

They describe it as a "walking assist device ... with the goal to provide more people with the joy of mobility", uses a pair of motorised robot legs attached to shoes worn by the user."

The only joy I could see coming out of that contraption would be the looks on Honda's engineers when that saddle is crammed in your "you know where." I personally don't think it's that cool at all.


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Court date for my V.R. case

Posted by Ralph | 2:53 PM


I got a letter in the mail today regarding my Vocational Rehab case, direct from the judge's office. A court date has been set for my Administrative review, and it's close. The date is Dec. 2nd, less than a month from now. The notice was an "order to show cause," that is if/for Vocational Rehab. to dispute the point of contention that I was placed incorrectly to receive a correct services since day one and with that, my current place in the waiting list and the severity of my injury I should get right in there.

The date is set for Dec. 2nd and since the case should/can/will be in my favor, the best laid plans/business plans of rollingpix and mice and men :-}are literally @rolling@ right along

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On November 3rd, Australian Kurt Fearnley continued his recent domination of the big apple's biggest race, rolling a respectable 1 hour 44 minute and 51 second time to win his third consecutive NYC wheelchair marathon.

"The win caps a memorable year for Fearnley. He won a ferocious battle to collect the gold medal in the Beijing Paralympic marathon and also claimed three individual track medals at the Games in September, plus a number of other international victories, most recently in the Chicago marathon three weeks ago.




Battling buffeting head winds and near freezing temperatures, Fearnley's time in New York was more than 15 minutes outside of the course record he set in 2006. "That was hard work. To finish the year off with a win here is amazing. I haven't raced in conditions like that in years. It was a shock to the system," Fearnley said. "I love this city and I love this race. That's three in-a-row now, I'd like to make it a few more." Source:AAP

Just 3 weeks ago, on October 13th Kurt successfully defended his title at the Chicago Bank of America marathon. "Fearnley won in 1 hour 30 minutes and 16 seconds, but this time the second-place finisher Soejima, was no threat with a time of 1:32:30 - unlike the split second victory in Beijing. Fearnley and his 38-year-old Japanese adversary stayed side-by-side for more than 20 kilometres before the 27-year-old Australian took command.

"The difference between today and last year is that once I got away I wasn't pressed," Fearnley told the Chicago Tribune.



Chicago Marathon win - David Banks: Getty Images

His racing career is stellar, 2 golds in Athens, 1 in Beijing, 2 silvers in Sydney, 1 silver in Athens and 2 more in Beijing and finally a bronze in Beijing.
In 2006 he added three more gold's and a bronze at the IPC World Championships. In 2007, Fearnley won 10 International Marathons from 11 starts breaking 6 course records along the way.



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Famed Scotsman Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard is flying the "Wings for Life" charities colors, with 50,000 faces of their contributors on his car in the last race of his career at Interlagos, Brazil.I think that's pretty damn cool.


"I'm dedicating my last race to the vision of making paraplegia curable," he said. "Wings for Life helps accelerate the breakthrough in spinal cord research." Earlier this year the eBay auction of David Coulthard’s RB3 with the ‘Faces for Charity’ livery used at Silversone 2007 has been announced quite a while ago. The online auction was held by Red Bull on Sunday night and the car sold for 210,050 euros, or $267,729 dollars.





"David Coulthard has been supporting us greatly in the past, with several projects such as the Faces for Charity Action at the British Grand Prix in 2007", says Heinz Kinigadner, co-founder of Wings for Life, who appreciates his prominent support. "He will make waves and increase worldwide awareness for Wings for Life with his car at the race. Furthermore, David is appointed as an ambassador for Wings for Life."


Donate to Wings for Life




About Wings for Life:



The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization which follows the principal aim of promoting research worldwide in order to expedite scientific and clinical progress towards a putative cure for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Paralysis.








The final race of the 2008 F1 Season is tomorrow at 12:30 PM EST, something else that's definitely worth noting that current F1 points leader Lewis Hamilton's younger brother is in a chair with CP. I sent him a link to my interview with Carol Hollfelder, who knows...... maybe it will get him racing!

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