Bob Yant Strives To Find A Cure For Those With Spinal Cord Injuries

Editor’s Note: Bob Yant, the president and owner of Cure Medical, a leading catheter manufacturing company, has personally made a positive impact on the world of spinal cord injuries. He is a Hometown Hero and a great inspiration. This week, we’ll see why he’s such a strong advocate for finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. We will also learn what he and Cure Medical have done to aid in the effort to find a cure for SCI as quickly as possible, along with his plan for the future. Part 3 of a 5-part series.

Bob is thankful for his helpful support system

Bob is thankful for his helpful support system

Although Bob Yant has personally experienced a drastic loss in body function, he believes that enough hard work and research can lead to a cure for spinal cord injuries. He seeks an ultimate cure that will restore all function due to severe injury and damage.

Yant: The first year of living with my injury was extremely difficult. It is not easy to come back into the real world and live in a new and different body. Coping with my paralysis was very tough and I had to mentally build myself up. It took me about a year to effectively cope with my situation with the help of my girlfriend, brother, parents and friends. I’m very fortunate to have such a wonderful support system.

Anything physical was almost impossible right after my injury. Someone was always there to care for me. I needed help with my bowel program, catheterization, getting in and out of my wheelchair, getting in and out of bed, and preparing food. I could not perform simple, everyday tasks. This was devastating because I was always an independent and active person. I have never grown accustomed to relying on others to help me go to the bathroom—that has been one of the most difficult changes.
Bob's dream is to find a way to restore a damaged spinal cord back to its original condition.

Bob's dream is to find a way to restore a damaged spinal cord back to its original condition.

Once I felt mentally able, I worked for non-profit organizations that dealt with spinal cord injuries. When I was in the hospital, I read an article about electrically stimulating the nerves in the peripheral nervous system, and how it allowed those with serious spinal cord injuries to walk. Scientists aren’t researching this much anymore, but at the time, they used crude computers to orchestrate the stimulation of peripheral nerve muscles.

The main researcher behind this was Jerrold Petrofsky. Nan Davis was the first person who stood up from her wheelchair to walk when her nerve muscles were stimulated. However, the ability to walk was not permanent. When the demonstration ended, Nan would sit back down and return to her life in a wheelchair.

I was enthralled with Petrofsky’s research, which led me to my interest in nerve regeneration studies. My dream is to one day develop a method to regenerate the damaged spinal cord and restore it—that way, we can perform the everyday tasks we used to do before the injury.

In the early 1980s several small organizations around the country were raising money for spinal cord research. They came together and formed the American Paralysis Association, which caught my eye. I immediately became a volunteer and was excited to see where this opportunity would lead me.

Next: Bob Yant Believes Life Is Not About What You Can’t Do But About What You Can Do

About Cure Medical:  The Cure Commitment is unsurpassed in the industry. Only Cure Medical has committed to donating 10% of net profits to SCI scientific research. Only Cure Medical catheters are DEHP and BPA free. Simply by using new Cure Catheters® or Cure Catheter® Closed Systems for routine intermittent catheterization, you take part in the sustained pursuit of a cure.  Learn more at http://www.curemedical.com.

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

2 Responses to Bob Yant Strives To Find A Cure For Those With Spinal Cord Injuries

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