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SPORTS 'N SPOKES - Life After Spinal Cord Injury Magazine

Author: UroMed

Published: 2011-09-07

Synopsis and Key Points:

Joint outreach effort meant to encourage people with disabilities to Get Out and Enjoy Life in all 50 states.

Main Digest

The September 2011 issue of SPORTS 'N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), features the results of a contest they initiated this summer with the nonprofit program Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI).

The joint outreach effort was meant to encourage people with disabilities to "Get Out & Enjoy Life" in all 50 states.

From July 15 to August 15, the S'NS and LASCI Facebook groups shared links to featured accessible programs, places, and events, spotlighting one state per day. Participants posted photos of related family vacations and weekend outings on the Facebook pages or in a photo gallery on the S'NS website. The magazine received more than 100 photo submissions that were judged by a panel of professional photographers.

SPORTS 'N SPOKES and LASCI would like to congratulate the following photo contest winners:

3rd Runner-Up: Danny Lilya for his photo of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

2nd Runner-Up: Spencer Fox for his water-skiing photo from this year's Ability First Sports camp

1st Place Winner: London resident Carl Brunning and his bungee jump photo, featured on the cover of the September 2011 SPORTS 'N SPOKES magazine

To see all of the pictures that LASCI and S'NS friends submitted while enjoying life this summer, please visit: gallery.pvamagazines.com/category.phpgallery_id=28

"As a quadriplegic, I understand the role that personal independence combined with community support plays in achieving a full, successful life after spinal-cord injury," LASCI founder Bert Burns says. "The best part of this program is that we are encouraging SCI survivors to get out and enjoy life while giving them a list of ways they can do so more easily. Having a place to start makes all the difference when moving beyond a life-changing injury."

More than 3300 friends, family members and caregivers have joined LASCI's peer support group on Facebook this summer as part of the initiative. LASCI is sponsored by UroMed - www.uromed.com - one of the largest urology and continence care supply companies in the nation.

Bert Burns - The Back Story: www.pvamagazines.com/sns/magazine/article/3708/bert_burns_thte_back_story

About SPORTS 'N SPOKES magazine - SPORTS 'N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. S'NS reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users. Since 1975, S'NS has been a leader in wheelchair sports coverage and currently goes to more than 43 countries worldwide. Our readers come from all walks of life, all having one thing in common: determination! SPORTS 'N SPOKES is committed to providing a voice for the wheelchair sporting and recreation community. For more information, visit www.sportsnspokes.com

About Life After Spinal Cord Injury - Bert Burns became quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident during his youth. His desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities led him to create a free motivational program for peer support and rehabilitation groups called Life After Spinal Cord Injury. In 2010, the free, nonprofit program helped more than 600 medical professionals, patients, former patients, and family members with information, advice, and encouragement. LASCI expects to more than double that number in 2011. LASCI is sponsored by UroMed [www.uromed.com], one of the largest urology supply companies in the nation. Join thousands of friends in our Facebook support community at: tinyurl.com/LASCIpage To learn more about LASCI, or to invite us to assist your rehabilitation or peer support program, please visit: www.uromed.com/Company/BertsStory

Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation's leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer's initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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