As we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020, we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the amazing stories we’ve shared throughout the year! Thanks to everyone who helped bring these blogs to life—we hope you enjoy them!
From adaptive mountain biking and new research, to filmmaking and record-breaking fundraising efforts, our community has been busier than ever. Our top 10 blogs from 2019 showcase some of these amazing adventures and accomplishments—read on!
1. It’s All Downhill From Here – After his injury, Cole Hoodicoff never expected to be able to rip down a rugged mountain trail. That all changed when SCI BC Kootenays Peer Coordinator Josh Dueck invited the Castlegar teenager to a mountain bike camp. “It blew everything I ever expected I would be capable of doing out of the water,” Cole says.
2. Meet Your Scotiabank Charity Challenge Team Co-Captain: Kristen McBride – Fundraiser extraordinaire, Kristen McBride, returns to the Scotiabank 5K Charity Challenge as co-captain for Spinal Cord Injury BC’s team. Thanks to her leadership efforts, we had over 100 team members and a raised over $90,000 this year!
3. Wheel Love: A New Documentary on Love, Sex, Relationships, Fertility and SCI – Whether you’re a Peer interested in relationships and having a family, or just someone who appreciates stellar filmmaking, you don’t want to miss a compelling new short documentary conceived and produced by Kelowna’s Chelsea McEvoy.
4. Pleasure Principles Part 1: SCI and Sexuality – Every person with SCI should unlock their sexual potential. Getting started is easier than you think, says Sexual Medicine Physician and Clinical Professor, Dr. Stacy Elliott. Here’s how.
5. Reality Check: Neurostimulation Limitations and Opportunities – The buzz keeps growing about the potential of neurostimulation to restore function for people with SCI. Is the hype warranted? ICORD’s Dr. Tom Nightingale helps us put it all into perspective.
6. Wheelchair 101: Maintenance and Minor Repairs – How do I change a flat tire? What should I have in my toolkit? How often should I check my chair? Experts from Macdonald’s Home Healthcare share their knowledge with one of our local coffee groups.
7. Living with SCI: What You Need to Know About Autonomic Dysreflexia – AD, SCI and you. Get to know how autonomic dysreflexia can affect your bowl and bladder and other important systems after SCI. Be sure to download our free AD Wallet Card to show your physician and hospital staff.
8. Walt’s Time: He’s Far From Finished – Walt Lawrence has lived a remarkably long and healthy life for someone with C2-C3 quadriplegia who is dependent on a ventilator. That’s given him the opportunity to make a remarkably generous contribution to BC’s SCI community—and he’s far from finished.
9. Relief at Last: Shoulder Pain Research and Treatment – It’s clear that shoulders aren’t the most durable body part when it comes to, well, shouldering the workload of moving us through this world. That’s made obvious by the staggeringly high incidence of largely untreatable injuries in people with SCI who use manual wheelchairs. New research at New Jersey’s Kessler Foundation offers some hope.
10. How Do I Get There? Modo May Be the Answer – We know getting there is half the battle. From inaccessible transportation options and gas expenses, to vehicle costs and lack of versatility, there are an endless number of reasons why making it out to an SCI BC event can be challenging. We’re hoping to change that with Modo’s accessible van!