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From St. Louis to LA: Meet the Newest Rollette Conner Lundius


Growing up in a small, cozy town in Southern Illinois, Rollettes star Conner Lundius began her dance career as a kindergartener. With a strong dance background in her early years, Conner went on to dance competitively throughout high school before moving to St. Louis, MO, for college in 2011.  As a college freshman, she decided to take a year off of dance to better focus on her first year of university studies but soon realized a key part of her life was in limbo.

“I discovered that something was missing. I didn’t realize how important dance was to me until I didn’t have it in my life,” Conner shares.

Soon thereafter, Conner auditioned for her college dance team. She not only made the team, but she also served as dance team captain when she was a junior and senior in college, giving her last collegiate performance a couple of months before suffering a traumatic spinal cord injury.

How Conner Lundius Rediscovered Dance, Post-SCI

A car crash changed Conner’s life in 2015. Within seconds after her accident, Conner realized that it would be a long journey to rejoin the world of dance. Her hopes rose, though, when she discovered the Rollettes, a Los Angeles-based wheelchair dance team, on social media.

“I feel very lucky to have found them so soon into my injury,” she explains.

Three young woman in wheelchairs laugh and smile at Disney amusement park.

Conner’s love of dance is only rivaled by her love of all things Disney!

Via Instagram, Conner shared a video she made of herself dancing to choreography created by Chelsie Hill, the founder of the Rollette’s dance team. Chelsie saw the video in her Instagram feed and shortly thereafter, Conner met the team in person at the Abilities Expo in Chicago.

From there, everything fell in place naturally as Conner flew out to Los Angeles to attend her first Rollettes Experience, a weekend getaway for women and kids who love to dance regardless of whether they are walking or rolling.

Both the Rollettes dance team and the Rollettes Experience have continued to grow exponentially since Conner’s first outing with them in 2016. So when the opportunity to join the Rollettes team presented itself to Conner, she was more than a little excited (and overwhelmed)!

Watch The Rollettes Perform to Conner’s Choreography Mix

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Conner Made the Move to Los Angeles, Independently

Moving from a small town to the bright lights of LA would be overwhelming for anyone, and Conner was no exception.

“I grew up in a town that had a population of less than 500 people! Moving to St. Louis for college was a very good in-between for me because it is definitely a bigger city. But still, relocating from the Midwest to Southern California was eye-opening because it truly is a completely different way of life out here,” Conner adds with a smile.

She credits her Rollettes teammates for helping make the major transition smooth for her.

“With the Rollettes, I have a built-in support system and friends who basically are my family,” she explains.

Several young women in red tops either sit in their wheelchairs or on a cement bench at a beach.

Additionally, Conner visited Los Angeles four times before making the move to help her prepare for all of the big changes ahead. While she admits it has been hard adjusting to being so far away from family and friends, she doesn’t have any regrets from moving and hopes other women who roll will consider opportunities away from home too.

Conner Lundius Shares Advice for Career-Focused Women Who Roll

Conner explains that during the years immediately following her spinal cord injury, she felt she lost prime years of her youth. Her biggest challenge was losing something we all value — time.  Adjusting to all that comes with a spinal cord injury required Conner to invest a tremendous amount of her early 20s in adapting to a completely different way of life.

“I felt robbed of so much time,” she relays. “Time I spent in the hospital and in rehab left me feeling that my injury took so many prime years from away me.”

Conner Lundius sits in her wheelchair in front of a colorful floral mural. She is smiling at the camera.

Feeling like she had lost so much time compared to her peers, Conner says she continually felt rushed and anxious because she believed she wasn’t accomplishing things in the same time frame as other women her age. “Being forced to slow down due to traumatic injury causes ongoing anxiety. You often think to yourself, ‘I’m, you know, however years old, and I haven’t done this yet,’” she adds.

The Advantages of Doing Things on Your Own Timeline

Conner wants to encourage other young women who are on the same post-SCI journey to take time to choose their own path. “You may reach your dream a lot later than other people around you, but still reaching for that end goal is your purpose,” she explains. “Don’t rush it!”

“I wanted to move to Los Angeles for two and a half years before I actually did it,” Conner says. “I didn’t feel ready at first. I didn’t feel like I could solidly make the move and not be completely emotionally distressed in Los Angeles once I left my support system at home.”

Instead of rushing her plans, Conner took her time planning the move so she felt more comfortable and confident.

Three young women are in their wheelchairs on a stage at the Boundless Talent Showcase.

Conner learned through her years as a competitive dancer that talent doesn’t take you to the top alone. Careful planning and hard work are required too!

“If it was going to take me two years to do it, that is just how long it was going to take me, and that was okay,” she mentions.

While it may have taken more time for Conner to transition her life to Los Angeles, there’s no question that her pace has sped up tremendously since she completed the move.

Earlier this spring, the Rollettes performed overseas for the first time, traveling all the way to Italy from their West Coast homes. They spent a week performing at a festival for different abilities. For Conner, this was by far her favorite experience with the team thus far.

“Being able to share that experience and partake in a different culture with my very best friends was one of my favorite moments.”

The Rollettes Take Italy by Storm

Traveling to Italy set a milestone for Conner’s perspective on her team too, as she realized during their performances in Europe just how far the Rollettes have come in the last three years.

“I’ve done the whole thing full circle. First, I was a Rollettes Experience attendee. Then, I was a part of their mentorship program, and now I’ve joined the team. I’ve been able to experience all the different facets of the Rollettes’ support programs for women, so it’s special for me to see how far the team has progressed,” she explains.

“Today, we are hosting over 200 women from all over the world who join us once a year at the Rollettes Experience in Los Angeles. Just a few years ago, the experience wasn’t even half that size,” she says.

Connect with Conner Via Social Media

If you are wanting to connect with Conner or one of the Rollettes, social is the best way to do so. Follow Conner and the Rollettes on Instagram at:

@ConnerLundius

@Rollettes_LA

“We love connecting with different women, which is why we host open dance classes in Los Angeles once a month. We also have a girls’ night dinner immediately afterward. Making connections with other women with disabilities is one of our main priorities as a team,” Conner shares.

Conner sits in her wheelchair to the right of the shot facing three black cat shadows painted on the wall of a building.

True story, Conner has never met a cat she didn’t like!

Why Conner Lundius Chooses the Cure Twist

When Conner officially joined the Rollettes dance team eight months ago, moving was just one of the major life changes she made. At the same time, though, Conner chose to use the Cure Twist as her everyday catheter. A variety of factors caused Conner to change to a Cure catheter instead of her previous brand.

“I’m a relatively new catheter user as I’ve only been paralyzed since 2015, but I can definitely say that I prefer Cure Medical and the Cure Twist catheter over others that I’ve used,” Conner explains.

One of the primary reasons she made the switch is due to the convenience and discretion that the Cure Twist provides to women who use it for self-cathing.

A Cure Twist catheter. It reads, "Ready-to-Use. Looks like a cosmetic for women."

As often as she’s on the go worldwide with the Rollettes, Conner loves how convenient the Cure Twist is to use.

“It travels really well, and you can also have it out in public. No one is going to know what it is,” she adds. “I also like that it’s not made with any scary chemicals, and it doesn’t drip all over you when you use it.”

Rise and Shine with Conner as She Shares Her Must-Have Items

“I’m also tremendously grateful for the way that Cure Medical supports the Rollettes Experience by sponsoring us, as they help us host over two hundred women from the age of five to fifty from all over the world,” Conner adds.

“I actually had several friends switch to Cure Medical catheters after attending the Rollettes Experience. It’s amazing to know that by teaming up with partners like Cure, we are able to help people lead healthier lives as well,” she concludes.

To request free samples of the Cure Twist® Ready-to-Use Catheter or any Cure Medical catheter, contact your local distributor of quality healthcare products, or click here.

The Rollettes, a group of young women using wheelchairs, sit in front of a Be Boundless banner.

The Rollettes (pictured with Cure Medical representative Lisa Wells) are thankful for Cure’s commitment to supporting the rolling sisterhood, worldwide!

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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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Welcome to Wheel:Life

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