Get Out, Enjoy Life 2013: UroMed & Sports ‘N Spokes Offer Accessible Adventures Event

It’s Get Out, Enjoy Life’s third year and we’re doing it extreme.

For the third consecutive year, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), has teamed up with UroMed’s nonprofit program Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI) and the online community, Wheel:Life,  to encourage people with disabilities to “Get Out & Enjoy Life This Summer”.  Beginning July 15th, the SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life and LASCI Facebook pages will feature a daily listing of accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other events.

“As a quadriplegic, I understand the role that personal independence combined with community support plays in achieving a full, successful life after spinal-cord injury,” LASCI founder Bert Burns, a C6-7 quadriplegic, says. “The best part of this program is that we are encouraging people with SCI to get out and enjoy life while giving them a list of ways they can do so more easily.  Having a place to start makes all the difference when moving beyond a life-changing injury.”

This year’s GOEL theme centers on Extreme Sports, and the program will spotlight activities like wheelchair racing, accessible amusement parks, assistive scuba diving and other unique outings.

View the full program details at: http://pvamag.com/sns/article/5661/get_out_enjoy_life_2013
See what you can expect in the video below:

Get Out, Enjoy Life 2013 from SPORTS N SPOKES on Vimeo.

How To Play: GOEL 2013 Extreme!
From July 15 to July 28, 2013, the S’NS, Wheel:Life and LASCI Facebook groups will share links to each of the featured accessible programs, places, and events, spotlighting one per day on each social media page.  Players must comment on the posts to be eligible to win daily prizes that include a sports backpack courtesy of Hollister Incorporated.

Have a snapshot of you enjoying life this summer? Submit your photos in the GOEL photo contest for a chance to win one of 4 amazing grand prizes!

Participants also may submit photos of related family vacations and weekend outings to be considered for one of 4 Grand Prizes.  Winners from the related photo contest will receive the Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack and the grand prizes listed below.
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS HERE.

  1. The first place winner will receive a brand new Invacare Top End Excelerator stock hand cycle courtesy of Top End and other prizes.
  2. The second place winner will receive a set of Morph Wheels courtesy of Maddak, Inc. and other prizes.
  3. The third place winner will receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy of At Home Medical supply company and other prizes.
  4. A Participation Award will be designated for a fourth prize winner that includes a free accessible van rental for one week, courtesy of AMS Vans and other prizes.

Contest details and official rules viewable at: http://pvamag.com/sns/article/3692/photo_contest_rules

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Thank You To Our Sponsors
Event sponsors include Invacare Top End, At Home Medical, Hollister Incorporated, AMS Vans and many other supporters that will be recognized throughout the program. Please take a minute to visit our sponsors. Their donations and support allow us to continue this exciting event every year.

Hollister Incorporated
Hollister Continence Care offers a customized service program for intermittent catheter users; The Secure Start® services program. Whether you’re new to catheterizing or an experienced user just looking for options, the Secure Start services program has information on a full range of products, so you can find the best fit for you.  From the moment you enroll, the Secure Start services program puts you in charge of your life. This extensive program costs nothing and features the unrivaled service of our dedicated team, as well as ongoing support for all your intermittent catheterization needs. For more information about the Secure Start service program, and to find out how you can enroll today, please visit www.hollisterpeoplefirst.com/programs.

Invacare Top End
Top End, just as the name implies, is all about performance. We are on top from our high performance rigid everyday chairs to our sports products for racing, basketball, tennis or hand cycling.

Morph Wheels/Maddak, Inc.
The folding wheel was originally conceptualized as a folding bicycle wheel by Duncan Fitzsimmons when he was a graduate student at the Royal College of Arts in London. After receiving public attention and calls from the wheelchair community telling him that this concept would be invaluable to wheelchair users, he redesigned it as a wheelchair wheel. Maddak further developed the wheel after careful consultation with the community, and are happy to introduce MORPH™ Wheels–the world’s first ever foldable wheelchair wheel!

SPORTS 'N SPOKES magazine is like the Sports Illustrated for people who use wheelchairs.

SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine is like the Sports Illustrated for people who use wheelchairs.

AMS Vans
AMS Vans, Inc., serving customers nationwide since 1999, is a premier online wheelchair van dealership dedicated to providing new, newly modified, and used wheelchair accessible transportation at the most affordable prices possible, with a low-price guarantee on all newly modified, AMS-brand wheelchair vans. The company sells, converts, and rents accessible transportation, and buys both used handicap vehicles, as well as qualified, used minivans for modification.

At Home Medical
At Home Medical Products specializes in Urological Supplies, Adult Incontinence, Ostomy, Personal Care and Skin Care. We stock all types of Urological urinary catheters including Intermittent, Foley, Closed System, and External Condom Catheters from leading medical suppliers including Coloplast, Hollister, Cure, Bard, and Rochester Medical. Convenient and discrete home delivery of adult briefs and incontinence products.

About SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine
SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. S’NS reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users. Since 1975, S’NS has been a leader in wheelchair sports coverage and currently goes to more than 50,000 subscribers in 43 countries worldwide. Our readers come from all walks of life, all having one thing in common: determination!  SPORTS ‘N SPOKES is committed to providing a voice for the wheelchair sporting and recreation community.  For more information, visit http://www.sportsnspokes.com

Bert Burns has always been very competitive which made him a Paralympic gold medalist! LASCI exists to further Bert’s vision of encouraging individuals to embrace a full and active life after spinal cord injury.

About Life After Spinal Cord Injury
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 groups called Life After Spinal Cord Injury. LASCI is sponsored by UroMed, [ http://www.uromed.com ] one of the largest urological supply companies in the country.  Join more than 16,000 friends in our Facebook support community at: http://www.facebook.com/LASCIonline

About Wheel:Life
Wheel:Life is a global initiative that assists people in addressing the many questions and challenges that come with using a wheelchair. Wheel:Life resources help people find quality health and medical resources, and related research and news, as well as networking within peer support groups and enjoying a full and active life as a wheelchair user.  Visit us at www.wheel-life.org.

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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