Fixer Upper Family Gives Back through Raising Wheels Foundation

Editor’s Note: When Melissa and Jody Copp noticed their firstborn wasn’t hitting his milestones as an infant, the concerned parents took him to a neurologist. Although the test results came back normal, the Copps knew something wasn’t right. With so many unanswered questions, the couple began their quest for a diagnosis. For the next several […]

Here's What Happened in 2019 — Tell Us What Yoocan Do in 2020

If you’ve been following Wheel:Life for a while, you’ve probably noticed we’ve featured several stories with our partner Yoocan throughout 2019. As we enter into a new year, we wanted to remind our readers of the power of storytelling. When we share our struggles, victories, dreams, and accomplishments, we may be opening someone else’s world […]

How Anthony Orefice Spends His Bonus Time Post-Injury

Editor’s Note: In 1993, Anthony Orefice struck a telephone pole while drinking and driving on his friend’s motorcycle. Lucky to be alive, the 19-year-old suffered a T4, T5, and T6 spinal cord injury. After six months in the hospital, he returned to his residence in Southern California and began his new life as a wheelchair […]

Chasing Adventure: How These Storytellers Do It and Yoocan Too

Think back to the last time you experienced a little adventure in your life. How did it make you feel? We know from numerous studies that participating in outdoor recreational activities can reduce stress and increase mental and physical well-being. However, due to the necessity of attending to everyday life, it’s easy to push fun-time […]

Creating Opportunities for Inclusive Cycling around the World

Editor’s Note: When Greg Milano started volunteering for an adaptive outdoor recreation group over 20 years ago, he quickly recognized the impact the activities had on people’s lives. That volunteer position evolved into a career path for Milano when he became a manager for an adaptive sea kayaking program in San Francisco. From there, he […]

Celebrate and Advocate with Disability Pride Philadelphia

Editor’s Note: When Vicki Landers, a person with a disability with bipolar disorder, became involved with Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living, it led to her discovery of an accessible art studio in the city that she began spending time at regularly. There, she was asked to help create posters for the Disability Pride Parade and […]

Rolling With Me & Friends: Book Series Teaches Kids Disability Etiquette 

About a year into my injury, I began speaking at churches and elementary schools. I would share my story and talk about what life was like for me as a wheelchair user. Even though it had only been a year since my injury, there was so much to cover yet never enough time. As a […]

RISE: Putting the Fun in Functional Fitness for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note: When Wheel:Life writer Betsy Bailey overheard her booth neighbors at Abilities Expo San Mateo talking to attendees about wheelchair users working out at their gym, she knew she needed to find out more information to share with our readers. After introducing herself to Reed Snook and Rachel Galaraga, she found out they were […]

Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian Jeff Butler on Tokyo 2020 and Beyond

In 2003, Jeff Butler was on his way home from his middle school football game when the car he was riding in was t-boned. The accident resulted in a broken neck at C5-6 for the 13-year-old and several months at various rehabilitation facilities across the United States. Thanks to a family friend, Butler discovered wheelchair […]

Thoughts on Eco-Friendly Living with Hydred Makabali

By now, we’ve all heard the reports — our modern way of life is destroying the planet we call home. Plastic fills our oceans, burning fossil fuels pollute the air we breathe, and wild pollinator counts continue to decline, threatening our ability to produce sufficient sustenance for our growing population. Yet, simply being aware a […]

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