1. Alyssa Wacker is a 16-year-old from Underwood, Iowa who loves to sing. In October of 2015 the teen suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident. The talented singer and guitarist talks about her journey, and the rehabilitation she's received through Madonna.

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  3. Colby Johnson, spinal cord injury survivor shares his progress in the warm water therapy pool at Madonna.

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  4. Jerry Trumble, of Bellevue, Nebraska, 55, was left paralyzed after an SUV hit him while driving his motorcycle. In rehabilitation, he learned how to do regular tasks like laundry, cooking and driving a car with hand controls. He has since returned to work and hopes to one day participate in a 5K run in his wheelchair.

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  5. We’re still in awe that Paralympian Bert Burns graced our hallways earlier this week. He shared his personal journey of Life After Spinal Cord Injury with patients and staff. Bert became a quadriplegic in his 20s after a drunk driver hit his car. While the experience forever changed his life, Bert says it didn’t end it. Rather, he says it was just beginning. “ Life’s not over, it’s just different. You’re just sitting instead of standing.”

    Read Bert's entire message below:

    “I was very fortunate when I first got injured, to my rec therapist had somebody come and talk to me. Somebody that was out in the community that was in a wheelchair that did wheelchair racing and she introduced me to him and I had tons of questions that I didn’t feel like I could ask my therapist. He was one of the main people that really helped change my (perspective of my) new life in a chair. So I really like being able to go out and talk to patients, both new patients and those who have been injured for awhile and talk to therapists and just tell them how valuable what they do is and how much they’re appreciated. Just talk to people that have been injured and just show them that life’s not over, it’s just different. You’re just sitting, instead of standing. You can see that light go off in their head, ‘Wow, Bert did that. I can do that too.’ I hope for somebody to experience that and when that happens, then I feel like it’s worthwhile being there for me and them both.”

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Spinal Cord Injury

Madonna’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program serves children 0-18 and adults with all levels of SCI who might have complete or incomplete neurological impairments. An interdisciplinary team of clinicians address a multitude of functional areas,…


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Madonna’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program serves children 0-18 and adults with all levels of SCI who might have complete or incomplete neurological impairments. An interdisciplinary team of clinicians address a multitude of functional areas, including activities of daily living (ADL), assistive technology, behavior management, cognition (thinking and reasoning skills), communication, community integration, driving, durable medical equipment, environmental modifications, leisure and recreation, mobility, braces, wheelchair seating systems and vocational rehabilitation.

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