Two years ago, severely depressed and immobile, David Conner longed for the life he once knew. In particular, he missed the ocean, and the joy of surfing the coastal waters off Hawaii. Today, David is a member of Hawaii’s adaptive surf team and a supporter of AccesSurf, which helps children and adults with disabilities enjoy the water.
On Nov. 17, 2015, Doug Elkins’ day began like many before it. The 64-year-old director of sales was in the office early, before many of his colleagues. He was getting his first cup of coffee when, out of nowhere, bam. The healthy, energetic and self-proclaimed hard-charger suffered a stroke, leaving him paralyzed on the right side and unable to talk.
When Jason Jones, a 39-year-old former professional baseball player, went into the hospital to have a brain tumor removed, he expected to be home in two or three days.
Roger V. started working when he was 8, mowing lawns and performing other odd jobs to earn a buck. His strong work ethic carried into his teens and college, where he paid his way through school. After graduation, he became a highly successful senior manager on Wall Street.
When 14-year police veteran Chris Sciolino reported for duty in June 2014, the last thing he expected was to have an accident involving a knife on a gun range.
Lisa Goin was resigned to the fact that her arm simply wasn’t going to get better. In 2012, Goin injured her wrist and forearm at work and it left her in constant pain and unable to grasp objects. Goin attempted lighter-duty work, but her pain continued to get worse and she eventually had to stop working and go on long term disability leave.