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SouthernLiving.com: In Baltimore, A Ravens-Inspired Super Bowl

January 29, 2013
Students in on our High School’s own Café James shared their sweet potato and turkey chili recipe, along with plans for other Ravens-themed treats as Baltimore prepared for the big game.

At Baltimore’s Kennedy-Krieger Institute, the special-ed students who run the school’s Café James are showing their team colors on the menu. When they learned the Ravens would be playing in the Super Bowl–an event they’d long been waiting for–they eagerly dreamed up a purple rain of recipe ideas to serve on Thursday and Friday. Read more.

USA Today: 10 great places

November 29, 2012
Kennedy Krieger’s largest annual fundraising event, Festival of Trees, is named one of the ten best places across the nation to get into the holiday spirit.

There's more to celebrating Christmas than caroling and trimming a tree. How about going on a pub crawl, racing down the street with a bed or communing with a killer whale? "There are so many unique ways to find the Christmas spirit," says Monica Mays, who runs Jinglebelljunction.com and other yuletide-themed websites. She shares favorite locations and celebrations with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

ABC Nightline: Darius Weems Incredible Cross-Country Journey

November 29, 2012
An hour-long special on Darius Weems’ life with muscular dystrophy included an interview with our own Dr. Kathryn Wagner, who is studying an innovative heart treatment for young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Darius Weems is on a mission, but even though he is only 23 years old, it's a race against time. Darius, an aspiring rapper and star of the documentary, "Darius Goes West," suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder that results in the disintegration of muscle tissue. Legs and arms are seized, and eventually, so are the muscles that surround the heart. In the United States, the majority of people afflicted with this disease die by age 25.

Baltimore Sun: Disabled athletes shine in Baltimore Running Festival

October 13, 2012
Nine Kennedy Krieger patients and numerous staff formed the Institute’s inaugural team for the Baltimore Running Festival.

Erin Michael ran the relay race in the Baltimore Running Festival last year and saw a few disabled racers — but thought there could be more. The 29-year-old therapist at Kennedy Krieger Institute encouraged and then helped train nine patients who finished the race Saturday. Michael ran the 5K, then raced back a mile to watch her proteges.

Washington Post: RGIII’s concussion holds lessons for parents

October 10, 2012
Dr. Jennifer Reesman offers advice to parents on “playing it safe” when it comes to head injuries and sports.

Forget what we were told as kids, experts say. Concussions are brain injuries that need to be treated seriously. “Education of children, parents and coaches is paramount to building a ‘play it safe’ culture on playing fields and playgrounds. ... Our children need to hear that the best play they can make for themselves and their teams is to sit it out if there is any possibility that they have a concussion,” said Jennifer Reesman, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic in Baltimore.

New York Times: Study shows Children with autism tend to stray

October 8, 2012
Dr. Paul Law shares findings our Interactive Autism Network’s new research findings on children with autism who wander from safe places.

Those at greatest risk of wandering off were autistic children with severe intellectual deficits and those who do not respond to their names. The research was published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics. “I knew this was a problem, but I didn’t know just how significant a problem it was until I really began to look into it,” said Dr. Paul A. Law, senior author of the study and director of the Interactive Autism Network, a registry that is a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

Baltimore Magazine: The Extra Mile

October 1, 2012
A patient sets out to overcome his paralysis and walk the 5K for Team Kennedy Krieger in the 2012 Baltimore Running Festival.

Doctors told him he’d be in a wheelchair by the time he was a teenager. Well, he’s miraculously beaten the odds and, this month, will be walking in his first 5K at the Baltimore Running Festival. “By the grace of God, I’ve strived to keep myself active and healthy,” he says. “I’m 58 and still going strong.” Sersen, of Joppatowne, has someone else to thank—the team at Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) where he started therapy in 2008. Read more.

Voice of America: Recovered quadriplegic inspires people with spinal cord injuries

May 31, 2011
Our own Pat Rummerfield shares his story of recovery and hope.

Pat Rummerfield is used to being described as a walking miracle. More than three decades after breaking his neck in several places, Rummerfield cannot only walk, he can also run and is considered to be a fully-functional quadriplegic. Read more.

Chris Mason-Hale Is Back On His Feet

July 19, 2011
The Baltimore Sun profiled patient Chris Mason-Hale and his journey to walk again after a spinal cord injury.

Chris Mason Hale suffered a paralyizing spinal cord injury in a football scrimmage. Three years later, the Baltimore Sun tells the story of his first steps since the injury. Read the full story here.

UMBC Senior Walks At Graduation Five Years After Being Paralyzed

May 23, 2011
The Baltimore Sun featured patient Matt Courson and his triumph of walking across the stage at his college graduation following a paralyzing spinal cord injury.

Kennedy Krieger patient Matt Courson's triumph of walking across the stage at his college graduation following a paralyzing spinal cord injury was featured in The Baltimore Sun. Read the article about Matt's walking after spinal cord injury here

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