Friday, March 8, 2013

Beyond Disability

We came back to campus Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we went to the Pilalis computer lab to work on our final project. At 10:30, we Face-timed with Katie Samson from Philadelphia, who is a quadraplegic. Katie attended Middlebury college, and as a lacrosse goaltender, she helped her team capture the Division III National Championship and was named MVP.

The next winter, she suffered a spinal cord injury in a sledding accident. She is now paralyzed from the chest down. She has function in her arms so she can do daily activities with modifications by herself. She started the Katie Samson Foundation, which puts on the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival. The KSF has raised over 1.3 million dollars since it began in 2001. The money goes towards research and rehabilitation treatment to improve function, provide independence, and improve quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries. Katie enjoys Wheelchair Rugby and skiing.

Yesterday afternoon we watched a movie called Warrior Champions From Baghdad to Beijing. This movie was about several American soldiers that were severely wounded in the war and ended up being in the Paralympics in Beijing. It was amazing to see how much will power and heart these soldiers had after losing legs or arms or both and still want to be athletic and even go to the Paralympics.

Today we are finishing up our final product!

Chatting with Katie Samson

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