Success Stories

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury offers more than just the hope of recovery from what was once thought to be an irreversible and life altering injury. Through the use of Activity Based Restorative Therapies (RT) great promise has been shown helping adults and children with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, independence, and overall improved quality of life even many months or years after an injury.

ERIN AND JADE BUCKLES   Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Imagine having not one, but two children with spinal cord injuries. For the Buckles family of Northern Virginia, this is their reality. Read Full Story

PFEIFFER WHITELEY   Transverse Myelitis

When Pfeiffer Whiteley was 8 months old, she developed a high fever and seemed to "flop over". A battery of tests, a neurologist told Whiteley the news-Pfeiffer was paralyzed, a result of transverse myelitis. Read Full Story

KRYSTAL GRECO   Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Krystal Greco had been an avid horseback rider since she was a small child. But one afternoon when she was 14, a searing pain in her back changed everything. Read Full Story

DEBBIE MELNICK   Multiple Sclerosis

For years, Debbie Melnick led an active life, despite having multiple sclerosis. But in 2013, when Melnick was seven months pregnant, she caught the flu. That's when the spasticity began. Read Full Story

RODERICK BALL   Schwannomatosis

When Roderick Ball arrived at Kennedy Krieger in a wheelchair in December 2008, it had been months—maybe longer—since he’d really walked. But, nearly four months later, he left the Institute on his own two legs. Read Full Story

PATRICK RUMMERFIELD   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Patrick Rummerfield lives a life that can only be deemed miraculous. A 1974 car accident left Pat with little hope of survival. Today, this triathlete, race car driver and motivational speaker spends each day ensuring that he makes the most of his body's renewed power. Read Full Story

MORGAN DUNNIGAN   Pylocytic Astrocytoma

When an uncanny twist of circumstances left Morgan Dunnigan paralyzed, doctors predicted her condition was permanent. With Kennedy Krieger’s help she proved them wrong. Read Full Story

SANTA MARIE WALLACE   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Despite her disability, Santa Marie Wallace finished her BA and is pursuing her MA in Disability Policy while working part-time. Although her C3-C5 incomplete injury and limitations of movement caused her body to be stiff at first, her muscles are now being re-educated. Read Full Story

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