My sister is one of 10 women being recognized for their ability to overcome an accident that resulted in paralysis, and live a meaningful life. This is the third year the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is conducting the promotion to reach more people with the story of spinal cord injury and it’s randomness.
In the summer of 2000, Judy Clarke stopped at Morristown (NJ) Hospital to donate blood. It was just another stop on a busy schedule. She was a frequent blood donor, taking after my father, who was a multiple-gallon donor during his lifetime. Judy signed the release and walked quickly to her car. Her thoughts were about the tasks ahead. The car started. She left the hospital parking lot, and within a few minutes was northbound on I287, heading to Mountain Lakes, NJ.
She awoke a few hours later in the same hospital. Paralyzed from the chest down.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is one of the most visible support groups in the world. In an effort to convey the scope of spinal cord injuries, the Christopher & Dan Reeve Foundation began a program in 2011 to recognize women who raise children while being confined to a wheelchair.
Ten are selected from nominations. One is featured as the person who has an opportunity to speak for ALL women who rose beyond expectations.
Visit ChristopherReeve.org for more information about spinal cord injury. Look for the blog “Life After Paralysis” is a blog that represents a variety of paralysis community members. It is a place for open conversation about the issues and the interests of people living with paralysis, their family, friends, caregivers, and the professionals that serve them. Comments are welcome! The opinions expressed in these blogs are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
I’d like you to consider voting for Judy Clarke. She has a story to tell. Help her tell it by voting @ http://goo.gl/DR6uW
Are You Responsible For Keeping Your Industrial, Commercial or Institutional Facility Running Safely & Efficiently?
If so, the Hampton Roads Industrial & Facility Maintenance Show is the place to be. As an attendee you will see Product & Service Providers Addressing Important Issues, such as:
Energy – learn about the latest methods to control & conserve energy and learn to control costs at the same time.
Technology – Today facility maintenance depends on technology more than ever before, gain valuable knowledge from exhibitors and seminars on the latest hardware & software developments available.
Regulatory Compliance – Keeping in step with ever changing regulatory guidelines can be challenging. Learn about current regulations from OSHA, EPA, UL, ASHRAE & NEC as well as state & local codes.
Predictive Maintenance – Waiting for problems to develop before taking action is not an option for today’s building & facility technicians. Avoid catastrophic failures with valuable information on testing equipment, maintenance software, training, maintenance scheduling & more.
Emergency Planning – Facility personnel are among today’s first responders in the event of an emergency. Keep in step with Best Practices information on emergency planning as well as response & recovery procedures for incidents involving terrorism, hazardous materials and hurricanes.
Management – Learning to work smart can turn you into an asset for your company. Gain valuable knowledge on project management, time & staff management, and methods for choosing & monitoring of vendors & contractors.
Sustainable & Green Building – Issues and products which will help you to comply with future mandates and needs.
Stop by booth 205 and meet Ed Clowes of DynamicInfraredInspections who will explain the non-destructive use of thermal imaging for blockwalls and flatroofs, as well the safety of thermal imaging for electrical panels and circuits.
This video is dedicated to my nephew, Jason Clarke, and his wife, Jennie. The music is a Rascal Flatts song called “My Wish.” The song was selected by my sister, Judy, Jason’s mother, as part of the wedding music. She told me at one point how she “wished” she could dedicate it to him while they danced during the evening.
I thought it would be appropriate to make the dedication for her, and use the song to unite the pictures I took.