LASCI Reaches 10,000 Fans!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

UroMed’s motivational program hit a major milestone this week! Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI) reached 10,000 fans on Facebook! LASCI is the second largest Spinal Cord Injury social media page in the world. The largest being the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation which has been on Facebook since 2007 — LASCI is only 18 months old! And LASCI is completely volunteer run with many UroMed employees serving as peer counselors.

LASCI was started on Valentine’s Day 2011 by UroMed founder, Bert Burns. When Bert was only 20 years old and a college intramural sportsman, he was hit by a drunk driver. The force of the impact threw Bert from the car. He broke his neck at C6 and C7, and learned he would have to face life as a quadriplegic. Bert spent the next six months in rehab, convinced his life was over.

Eric Kolar pays it forward everyday at UroMed as he assists other customers with SCI.

Bert isn’t the only one who helps others. Virginia Branch Manager, Eric Kolar pays it forward everyday as a peer counselor on LASCI. Read Eric’s story here.

A recreation therapist at Bert’s rehab hospital approached him to talk about wheelchair sports, but Bert initally showed little interest. A year later, the therapist tried again by sharing his excitement for quad rugby. Bert decided to give it a try, never knowing the dramatic, positive impact that wheelchair sports would have on his life. Bert went on to become a Paralympian and then founded UroMed.

Today, Bert devotes considerable time as a motivational speaker for youth with disabilities, rehabilitation programs, medical education seminars and other community events. Bert strives to reach out to others through public speaking because, more than anything, he wants to give other people in wheelchairs the same encouragement that he has received.

 

Bert says, “I hope to convince patients in wheelchairs that they can still do all the things they want to do and more. They will just have to do them differently.”

While presenting, Bert inspires others by sharing his story of winning a Gold Medal in the 1992 Paralympics and how he became a successful entrepreneur. He also gives his perspective on:

  • Work/School
  • Dating
  • Sexuality
  • Marriage
  • Children
  • Sports
  • Bladder/Bowel Management

When you look at his achievements, it’s hard to believe that Bert was once in complete despair, and ready to give up on life. With his family, business, sports achievements and positive outlook, it’s easy to see how Bert has found ‘Life After Spinal Cord Injury’.

Bert (tan shirt in the middle of the group) speaks to groups of individuals who are newly injured so they can see that their futures are bright!

If you’d like to attend one of Bert’s upcoming engagements, please look at the events listed on our Facebook page. And feel free to contact us to invite Bert to participate in your program. Have a personal message for Bert? Click here to send him a note.

If you haven’t joined LASCI, what are you waiting for? Click here to join in on the fun!  

And once again, THANK YOU to all our LASCI friends!

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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