Three Stellar Kennedy Krieger Professionals Nominated For Spinal Cord Injury Hall Of Fame

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October 30, 2007
Rummerfield, Gray and Walther Recognized for Contributions To Spinal Cord Injury Community

(Baltimore, MD) - The Kennedy Krieger Institute announced today the nomination of three representatives from its International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) to the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Hall of Fame? Patrick Rummerfield, record-setting athlete and patient relations liaison at ICSCI, has been nominated in the sports category; Phyllis Gray, executive director, for the corporate executive category; and Lisa Walther, a physical therapist assistant at ICSCI, for the assistive technology category.

The SCI Hall of Fame was formed by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) in 2005 to celebrate and honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life and advancing a better future for all individuals with spinal cord injury.

Rummerfield, the world's first fully functional injury quadriplegic, has been nominated for his inspiring physical feats and unfailingly positive outlook. Injured in car crash in 1974, he was left paralyzed from the neck down. Yet after three years of intense and focused physical therapy, he regained the ability of his hands and feet and was able to walk again. Since that time, he has gone on to complete the Ironman triathalon and set the world land-speed record for electric vehicles. He currently serves as a patient liaison and fundraiser for ICSCI and collaborates with Center Director Dr. John McDonald on developing effective therapies for others with paralysis.

As executive director, Gray leads the Center's diverse team of scientists, clinicians, fundraisers, patient advocates and medical staff. She was nominated for her ability to cultivate growth and potential in her employees and for driving the ICSCI staff to achieve new heights. In the first two years at the center, Gray has grown the program from a 15-person staff to more than 80 professionals serving over 500 persons with SCI.

Walther is a physical therapist assistant at ICSCI, where she also serves as an Assistive Technology Practitioner specializing in evaluating patients' seating and positioning. She was nominated for her willingness to mentor junior staff and her commitment to empowering and educating her patients.

The 2007 SCI Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the third annual SCI Hall of Fame? induction ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of Tuesday, November 6. For more details and updated information on the SCI Hall of Fame, visit

About the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute is the first center of its kind dedicated to restoration recovery of chronic spinal cord injury and paralysis in children. The interdisciplinary team at ICSCI is committed to the philosophy that with the right combination of therapies, recovery is always possible-even many months or years after an injury. The center's therapy programs follow techniques that have shown great promise in helping individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement and independence, as well as achieve improved health and quality of life. For more information on ICSCI, visit For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

Media Inquiriesw:

Corrie Allen
(202) 955-6222

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