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Paraplegic Kebra Moore Does It All: Singing, Modeling, Public Speaking & Raising a Family


Editor’s Note: Paraplegic Kebra Moore from Havelock, North Carolina, is an actress, model, singer, songwriter, substitute teacher, wife, mother and motivational speaker. Several of Kebra Moore’s songs and videos have been nominated for awards. Her song, “He’ll Make a Way” was featured on President Barack Obama’s documentary soundtrack, “Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader.”

“I grew up with music all of my life,” Kebra Moore emphasizes. “I was 24 years old in 1999, teaching music at an elementary school, working on my master’s degree in music education, singing, taking care of my 14-month old son and being very active in my sorority – Delta Sigma Theta.”

A Christmas Eve Like No Other

“On Christmas Eve, 1999, my fiancé, Marquis Moore, my son, Marquis Jr., and I were traveling from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Camden, Arkansas, for the holidays and to make final arrangements for our wedding in 2 weeks,” Moore remembers. “A car in front of us didn’t give a signal, but turned right in front of our car. My fiancé had one of two choices – hit the car that turned in front of us or go off the road. He felt the safest course of action was to leave the road.  We went up in the air, came down and hit a tree. The tree actually stopped the car from rolling over. I was conscious during the entire accident. Following behind us was a nurse going to work.

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“Marquis jumped out of the car and checked on the baby first. He told me, ‘The baby is okay.’ I said, ‘I can’t move.’ I didn’t know what had happened. I just knew I had terrible pain in my back and couldn’t move. When the nurse reached our car, she started praying with me, held my hand and stayed with me until the ambulance and the first responders arrived.  The nurse kept telling me not to move. When the paramedics arrived, they put a neck brace on me and carefully got me out of the car and into the ambulance, assuming my back was broken.

“Immediately, I was taken to a hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where doctors took x-rays and then sent me to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss. The doctors informed Marquis that my 12th vertebra was crushed, and I had sustained an incomplete T12 fracture. I also was told that there was a good chance I never would walk again. My spine was swollen so badly that I stayed in the hospital for a week taking pain medicine to let the swelling go down before the doctors could operate.”

Moore had thoracic fusion surgery from T11 to L1 in her back, stayed in St. Dominic’s for a month and was put in a back brace, so her spine could heal. From there she was transferred to Touro Rehabilitation Center in north Louisiana.

“There for 3 months I had physical therapy and occupational therapy and was taught how to live in a wheelchair,” Moore explains. “From the time I arrived at the hospital, I was praying Luke 1:37, one of my favorite verses, ‘With God, nothing is impossible.’

I also was quoting to myself the poem, ‘Invictus’ by Sir William Earnest Henley that I had learned in my sorority: ‘I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.’

I had faith in God that my life would be better. God spoke to me and told me I would be okay. But I still had a lot of issues to deal with and also had to raise a child and plan to marry my fiancé. I often thought about how life tried to grab me by the reins and dictate the terms of my life based on a single traumatic event. But I was a God fearing woman and didn’t expect life to be a bed of roses.”

Moore’s first miracle came 2 days after her surgery. Marquis went to the courthouse next door to the hospital and asked the judge to come with him. The judge married them while Moore was still in her hospital bed. “We’ve been married for the past 15 years,” Moore says.

“Although I was the one living in the wheelchair, Marquis and I both had to adapt to my new life. My accident weighed almost as heavily on Marquis as it did on me, but he was very supportive all the way through my hospital stay and rehab. One year after my accident we had another wedding in California – a large one. I was able to use leg braces and walk down the aisle on the arm of my uncle who was like a father to me. I was still going to physical therapy every day. However, I relied heavily on my faith and God helping me, and I had a really good support system. Now if I said I didn’t have any tough days, I’d be lying, because I did.

I went through the, ‘Why me?’ ‘I can’t do this.’ ‘Why did this have to happen to me?’ times – but came out on top.

“During the 15 years we’ve been married, Marquis has been a rock. None of our friends were surprised when he married me right after my operation. He took his vows seriously (through sickness and health), and he’s never wavered. Marquis will tell anyone, ‘I didn’t marry Kebra for her legs!’

Marquis has been on active duty in the United States Marine Corps throughout our marriage and is a Master Gunnery Sergeant. We have two children, Marquis, Jr., who is 16, and Maurice, who is 14. Since Marquis is in the Marines, when he’s been stationed in different areas of the country, we’ve always moved to his various duty stations. When Marquis was stationed in Marino Valley, California, I returned to school and got my teaching credentials for California. I taught third grade there for 2 years. Next, I went to work for the Social Security Administration for 4-1/2 years and helped people get their SSI checks. Then we were stationed in Meridian, Mississippi, for 3 years.”

Kebra Moore’s Focus Today

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“The summer of 2015, we moved to Havelock, North Carolina,” Moore reports. “Currently I’m a licensed substitute teacher in North Carolina, however, I’m about to go on tour with my music.

I didn’t want to give up my singing career just because I was paralyzed.

Many people in wheelchairs have fantastic lives and wonderful opportunities. I didn’t want to be one of those ladies who just sat at home in a wheelchair and let life pass me by. At that time and continuing until today, I believe God’s purpose for me has been that I live in a wheelchair and be the individual who motivates people and inspires them to be all they can be. I also try to motivate and inspire people who aren’t in wheelchairs by saying to them, ‘Hey, if I can do what I do, how much more can you do?’

“I want to change the way people who aren’t in wheelchairs view people who are in wheelchairs. I try to explain that if you’re in a wheelchair your life doesn’t have to stop. Many people in wheelchairs are doing awesome things, changing the worlds they live in and changing the world around them. Females in wheelchairs are mothers, wives and career women.

I often tell people who aren’t in wheelchairs, ‘The only difference in us is that you’re walking, and I’m rolling faster than you can walk.’

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“Once I became paralyzed, many doors have opened up for me that never may have been opened without my injury. I’ve recorded a CD, and I’m an inspirational contemporary gospel singer with the theme ‘Ability Not Disability.’

My songs are uplifting, and through my singing, I tell people they’re beautiful. I have a management company that sets up singing engagements for me to tour all over the United States. I sing at worship services, women’s conferences and schools and perform at expos for people with disabilities.

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“I decided I wanted to be a model in a wheelchair to show women that they still were beautiful in their wheelchairs. I wanted them to see that they could have style and fashion and also wear some of the latest clothing on the market today. I was at an Abilities Expo when a lady asked me to model for her company. This lady uses models with some form of disability.

From that first modeling job, my modeling opportunities have begun to open up.

My management company books me as a model. I model for medical magazines, medical brochures, wheelchair companies and any other type of modeling opportunity the company finds for me.

“Right now my management company and I are negotiating with a clothing company that I may model for in the future. If I get this contract, I’ll be the first woman with a disability to model for this company. Currently I’m modeling mainly high-fashion, trendy clothes.

Just because women are in wheelchairs doesn’t mean they can’t keep up with the fashion trends and wear some of the latest designs from New York and Paris. And, last year I traveled to 16 different cities singing, modeling and giving inspirational talks. In 2015, so far, I plan to be in Atlanta, Georgia, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Tennessee.”

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What’s in Store for Kebra Moore?

“I’m often asked, ‘Where do you see yourself 5 or 10 years from now?’” Moore says. “I’m trying to break down doors and open up new opportunities for ladies in wheelchairs. In the next 5 – 10 years, I see myself traveling the world as a gospel singer. I’m also attempting to be a commercial model in a wheelchair to open up modeling opportunities for other ladies in wheelchairs.

I plan to take the world by storm. Thousands of ladies in wheelchairs are looking for opportunities that may not exist for them right now. I hope to find those opportunities and open those doors, so that ladies in wheelchairs can become whatever they want to be.

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“I’m a former Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi (2013), and I’m now the Mississippi coordinator for that event. Through that competition, I’ve met many ladies in wheelchairs who are doing so much for the State of Mississippi, their communities and for the community that’s disabled too. I’m challenging young women to live God-first lives.

“I launched my Beautiful Campaign in 2014 to focus attention on educating people who have suffered injuries like mine to realize those injuries aren’t a state of their bodies but rather a state of their minds. As I travel throughout the U.S. meeting people in hospitals and rehabilitation centers and at expos, I want them to see that success moves far beyond a pair of arms or legs.

There’s so much more to transcending expectations than having the ability to stand upright.

As long as there is breath in my body, I will be campaigning forever and telling the world that each person is unique to himself or herself and has the uniqueness of God in him. If your mind can conceive it, your body, regardless of its condition, can achieve anything you want.”

Several of Kebra Moore’s songs and videos have been nominated for awards. Her song, “He’ll Make a Way” was featured on President Barack Obama’s documentary soundtrack, “Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader.”

Visit Kebra Moore’s website at www.kebramoore.net to learn more.

Watch Kebra on YouTube:

NEVER LET HIM GO: https://youtu.be/iEqjr5kfpxg

BEAUTIFUL:  https://youtu.be/dqBhQ2jSdCU

Additional Resources From Wheel:Life on Relationships 

Reconnecting-CoverLowRes240x240Within Reconnecting: Relationship Advice from Wheelchair Users, readers will hear from people who use wheelchairs as they share their perspective on friends, family and relationships including dating, marriage and parenting.

Author Lisa Wells shares real-life examples and success stories throughout the book based on her lengthy career that includes ongoing interactions with disability advocates, non-profit supporters and peer support group members.

Reconnecting: Relationship Advice from Wheelchair Users features interviews with:

  • Graduate student & quadriplegic Ather Sharif about connecting on a college campus
  • Amputee Thomas Morris on connecting through his unique appearance and personality
  • NSCIA [Buffalo, NY chapter] President Natalie Barnhard who connects Wheels with Wings
  • Paraplegic Todd Robinson who explains his family connection through the joy of adoption
  • Quadriplegic Ashleigh Justice who connects on the quad rugby field and as a young mother

GET RECONNECTING HERE  

About the Author:John-E_-Phillips
For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at www.johninthewild.com.

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Wheel:Life and Comfort Medical Sponsor the Paradox Sports Adaptive Ice Climbing Trip

Editor’s Note:  A little over a decade ago, a group of guys with a ...

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Norah Self-Caths in Kindergarten, Thanks to this Free Resource

It’s a given that kids who cath want to be like their friends at ...

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The Healing Powers of Grounding Therapy for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note:  Having grown up on a farm in rural Montana, Clint ...

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Cruising the Planet with Amputee Debra Kerper

Editor’s Note: When a bone infection complicated by lupus took ...

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The Online Dating Experience for the Disabled

Dating is hard. Dating is really hard. If you have a disability, ...

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Inclusion, Adventure, and Therapy with Freedom Concepts

Editor’s Note: In 2014, Michigan residents Caroline Booth and Matt ...

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Where Do You Want to Go?

Have you always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska? Or ...

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TerrainHopper USA: Bringing Adventure and Freedom to People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note:  Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, Todd Lemay ...

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Breaking Down Broadcasting Barriers with Paul Amadeus Lane

Editor’s Note: Growing up in Long Beach, California, Paul Amadeus ...

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Zebreda Dunham Powers Through Challenges on the Pitch and in Life

Editor’s Note:  Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, ...

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Adaptive Aerial Yoga Allows Wheelchair Users to Fly

  Editor’s Note: Texas native Sara Schaffer has been ...

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Sex, Love, and Disability:  Ben Duffy’s New Documentary Exposes It All

Filmmaker Ben Duffy and Ajani “AJ” Murray met while working on a ...

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Amputee Bob Clausen Says If You Want Something Bad Enough, You Will Do It

Editor’s Note:  Widower and Navy veteran Rober “Bob” ...

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The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant: A Life-Changing Experience

As the Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute, formerly known ...

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Comfort Conversations: Support Systems Are Key After a Life-Altering Tragedy

Having key support systems after a life-altering injury is crucial. ...

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Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular ...

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5 Extreme Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Have you already tried all of the typical adaptive sports available ...

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Reflections and Lessons Learned in 2017

We hope your 2017 was as enlightening and empowering as ours was here ...

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Living with MS: One Family’s Solution to Enjoying Life Events Again

Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and for the first ...

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4 Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Self-Catheterization

At a certain age, kids will be the first to tell you that they want ...

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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users

Are you dreading this winter season? Dealing with slushy, icy, snowy, ...

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Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

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Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...

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Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...

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Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...

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Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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