The Mobility Project Spotlights UroMed’s Eric Kolar as a Peer Counselor for Spinal Cord Injury

The Mobility Project, a new resource created especially for people who use wheelchairs and other assistive technology for mobility, has named UroMed Virginia Branch Manager Eric Kolar as a Peer Counselor and subject matter expert for their online community.  Kolar is a C6 quadriplegic and has 20 years of post-injury experience to share in this volunteer role.

Eric is also a peer counselor for UroMed’s Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI)’s motivational program. In regards to this role he says, “I spend a lot of my personal time at night and on weekends volunteering as a peer counselor on the LASCI page, answering questions from people all over the country.  I have the opportunity to speak with recently-injured patients, parents of children with SCI, friends and other family members who are all trying to find ways to offer support and resources to people they love. Your life changes dramatically after a spinal-cord injury, and we can all help each other move forward each day through the LASCI online community. We talk about our experiences, what we’ve learned, our individual situations and how to solve problems.”

“My absolute favorite part of working with LASCI is being able to talk with a community of people in wheelchairs who share victories, problems and experiences. Remember that after an injury, the patient goes to rehab where his or her world is involved with and surrounded by people in wheelchairs just like them. But when they leave rehab, they may not find anyone like them. That’s the bridge created by LASCI — to help you find new friends, support and resources that assist with your new life.”

Eric also uses his personal experience to show how others can live full lives. He single-handedly runs UroMed’s 4000 sq. ft. Virginia office and warehouse, lives on his own, and cares for his huge American Bulldog puppy without any assistance.

The Mobility Project also interviewed Eric in a two-part series on his work with LASCI. See part one of the interview here: http://themobilityproject.com/articles/2012/06/29/eric-kolar-lasci-p1.aspx

Eric drives himself to work everyday in his customized Volvo.

Eric drives himself to work everyday in his customized Volvo.

About The Mobility Project
The Mobility Project is a new online resource created especially for people who use wheelchairs and other assistive technology for mobility. The world has a lot of perceptions about people who use mobility equipment. The Mobility Project’s mission is to help re-educate people on what it’s really like to live with a disability while making it a little easier for you to get things done in the wheeled world. For more information, visit www.themobilityproject.com.

About Life After Spinal Cord Injury
Life After Spinal Cord Injury [SCI] is a motivational program for youth with disabilities, rehabilitation programs, medical education seminars and other community events.

Bert Burns became quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident during his youth. His desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities led him to create a free motivational program for peer support and rehabilitation group called Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI). LASCI is sponsored by UroMed,one of the largest urological supply companies in the country.  Join more than 9500 friends in our Facebook support community at: http://www.facebook.com/LASCIonline

 

 

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.

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