The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck
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The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck. The Hudson is designed and built by Randy Simmons, a California entrepreneur and inventor specializing in robotic engineering. The Hudson will be the first ever race vehicle designed to set land speed records while being controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone. Michael-Ryan will use a specially designed mouthpiece to control the throttle and steering of the Hudson. Click here for more.
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The Healing Center
The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is seeking to establish a state-of-the-art restorative therapy center in the Seattle area. MR received the highest level of care following his injury at Kennedy Kreiger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. At Kennedy Kreiger, MR received care from Dr. John McDonald, the noted physician and research scientist who has pioneered Activity Based Restorative Therapy. MR’s vision is to establish a healing center that is of the same quality and spirit as Kennedy Kreiger. More on the Healing Center…
The Hudson Project (Updated with New Pics!)
The Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck that will be raced at a minimum of 10 races, featured in auto magazines, and displayed at several auto shows throughout the US. Driven by Michael-Ryan Pattison, this vehicle will be the first ever race vehicle actually controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone. MR will use a newly designed mouthpiece to control the truck!
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Discovering the Power in Me
People suddenly facing the effects of a disability have two major battles to overcome early on in their new lives: physical and mental. The emphasis in rehabilitation today is on the physical, but the mental battle must be fought at the same time. A disabling injury can leave people with feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and hostility. Experiencing these feelings can lead to a state of depression and mental paralysis that delays recovery. It is essential that we include the rehabilitation of the spirit and mind while rehabilitating the Body. More on Discovering the Power in Me…
SPINALpedia is an online mentoring network that will connect the SCI community through the uploading of text and video. In partnership withDetermined2Heal, the website will allow users to surf information relevant to SCI on both a Wikipedia-style and YouTube-style base of user-generated content reflecting the diversity of challenges associated with each level of injury. SPINALpedia will be a free mentoring network that will serve the entire spinal cord injury community. More on SPINALpedia…
The important mission of the Foundation is to build a level of awareness of, and philanthropic support, for those with spinal cord injuries that enable access to a range of specialized therapies focused on improving overall quality of life.
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