Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

Baltimore Running Festival

Oct 13 2012 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

About the Event:

Are you interested in participating in the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival on October 13th? Join the inaugural Kennedy Krieger Institute Charity Team. Whether it's the Kids Fun Run, 5k, Team Relay, half or full marathon, we've got a space for you!

CNN: A Life Reclaimed in Tiny Steps

May 24, 2011
Read about the experiences of Kennedy Krieger patient Matt Courson, and his determination to walk across the stage at his college graduation.

Matt CoursonCNN: A Life Reclaimed in Tiny Steps

SKI MASH

Feb 23 2012 - 9:00am - Feb 24 2012 - 3:30pm

Liberty Ski Resort
78 Country Club Trail
Carroll Valley, PA 17320

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports (BARS) invites adapted skiers to bring their family, friends and caregivers for a special winter day on the snow.

Kennedy Krieger Patient to be Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Friday, October 21st at 8/7c

October 17, 2011
Twelve days before his 21st birthday, Brian Keefer, an all-around college athlete, suffered a drastic gymnastics injury that paralyzed him from his neck down. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featured Brian and his family in a special two-hour episode.

Kennedy Krieger Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition(Baltimore, MD) -- We hope that you will share in our excitement that one of our patients was chosen as the deserving recipient of a new home through the ABC reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

On Her Own Two Legs

July 8, 2011
When an uncanny twist of circumstances left Morgan Dunnigan paralyzed, doctors predicted her condition was permanent. With Kennedy Krieger’s help she proved them wrong.

Morgan DunniganLaying in a hospital bed on a Sunday night, Morgan Dunnigan believed her parents and physician when they said she would wake up the next morning for a surgery that promised to make the pain in her neck disappear, make the tumor hurting her spine go away, make everything better.

They couldn’t have been more wrong.

Never Say Never: Kennedy Krieger Gives Hope, Not Limits, to a Family from Nebraska

Never Say NeverIt was spring of 2007, and the town of Hastings, Nebraska, was looking forward to summer. Memorial Day weekend had come and gone, and Kirk and Jami Ortegren had just watched their son Jack crawl for the first time.

Building the Future: Young Woman Turns Spinal Cord Injury into an Inspirational Career

Meredith
Purvis

There was broken glass and debris everywhere, and I could hear sirens in the distance. Just moments before I was sleeping in the car as we drove home from a family vacation in Florida. I was jolted awake as the car flipped over, and I could feel myself being thrown around as if I were in a washing machine. I was strangely calm, lying half in and half out of the backseat - until the paramedic checked me for injuries and I couldn't feel anything. I began to panic. When I asked if I was paralyzed, he wouldn't answer.

Matt Courson in His Own Words

Laura
Laing

Matt CoursonI've always been an athlete. When I was younger, I pitched the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) World Series twice. After high school, I played baseball for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. But, despite those achievements, I never imagined how much physical strength I would need in a wheelchair. Late one Saturday night two years ago, I got on my fourwheeler to visit a friend, but I never made it to his apartment.

Lily's Story

Lily WilkinsonWhen Lily Wilkinson was three, her neck was broken in an automobile accident leaving her paralyzed below the waist. A moment of screeching tires and crumpling metal, and her new life appeared etched in stone before she had ever entered kindergarten. After months of intensive care, her parents were told she would never be able to use or feel her legs again.

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