LASCI Announces 2014 Get Out, Enjoy Life Grand Prize Winners

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Editor’s Note: This article is courtesy of our GOEL partner, SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine. See the original story here.

It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for since June!  Today is the day that we announce the winners of the 2014 Get Out, Enjoy Life Photo Contest, held in conjunction with LASCI, Wheel:Life, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine.

Getting out and enjoying life was always a way of life for our 2014 GOEL first-place photo contest winner.

Regina “Reggie” Cake had a life many people only dream about. She had a husband who consistently made her smile, had the perfect job and almost always spent long weekends exploring new destinations on her Harley-Davidson.

“We traveled every chance we got, exploring the frontiers of Alaska to dude ranches in Montana,” says Cake. “We never slowed down and didn’t know the meaning of quiet weekend – That was not our style.”

But, in 2007, doctors discovered a small tumor growing on her cervical spinal cord. The mass was filling with fluid and causing radiating pain and residual loss of mobility in her arms that required immediate attention. Cake consulted with neurosurgeons and was quickly scheduled for spinal surgery to remove the mass.

“He [doctor] cut in the wrong place,” says Cake. “He placed a tube that was supposed to isolate the fluid from the tumor from entering my spinal-cord in the wrong place. To make a long, and painful story short, I was now paralyzed on my lower left side from the waist down.

Regina Cake hits the road on her adaptive, hot pink motorcycle!

Regina Cake hits the road on her adaptive, hot pink motorcycle!

As with many newly injured, Cake experienced the “pity parties” over the life she felt was now gone. Little did she know that while she was recovering, her husband Cliff Cake, was busy working on ways for them to continue to get out and enjoy life.

Mr. Cake worked diligently to build an accessible Harley-Davidson trike that would adapt to Cake’s needs and was safe to drive. He constructed a wheelchair rack, designed and relocated the foot shifter to the right side and constructed supports for her back and arms to help with stability.

“When I get on that awesome pink trike, built out of so much love, and the wind is in my face, I’m thankful to be alive,” says Cake. “I’m no longer in a wheelchair when I ride. I am not disabled when I ride. I am free of all limitations.”

Cake gets plenty of attention when she tools down the road, and rightly so. It’s not everyday that you see a pink Harley-Davidson with a pink wheelchair strapped to the back being driven by a lady in a pink helmet.

sns_slo_cake_regina1_201409.01“When people hang out their car windows to take pictures and give me the thumbs up, I hope they see someone who has not given up on life despite my challenges,” says Cake. “Life in a wheelchair is not always easy, but it is not the end either.”

Today, Cake works regularly with the nonprofit A Spoonful of Sugar to help empower others through life’s challenges. She is a shining example of the “when life gives you lemons,” adage and advises people with and without disabilities to find their passion and never set limits on yourself or your abilities.

Cake’s winning photo was taken by her husband during a bike run through the Redwood National and State Park – one of their many journeys together.

For her first-place victory, Cake’s photo will land the cover of the 2014 September issue of SPORTS `N SPOKES. She will also receive a new wheelchair courtesy of our friends at Mike Box Wheelchairs and receive our 2014 GOEL Prize Pack consisting of a gnarly MV-1 back pack filled with gifts from all our GOEL 2014 participating sponsors.

Second and third-place winners

sns_slo_goel_winners2_201409.01 cadeSecond-Place: Eleven-year-old Cade Maynor’s favorite summer-time activity is swimming. But it was his rock-climbing photo that earned him a second-place win during the 2014 GOEL photo contest.

The Georgia resident recently enjoyed a day of climbing at Cherokee Rock Village in San Rock, Ala., reaching elevations of more than 40 feet. “I was getting out and enjoying life,” says Maynor. “It was a great experience learning how to climb the rocks without using your legs. The view was amazing … you could see over Lake Weiss.”

For his second-place victory, Maynor’s photo will appear in the Final Frame of the 2014 September issue of SPORTS `N SPOKES. He will also receive a one-year complimentary subscription to S`NS and a new pair of Morph Wheels courtesy of our friends at Maddak, Inc., as well as our 2014 GOEL Prize Pack consisting of a gnarly MV-1 back pack filled with gifts from all our GOEL 2014 participating sponsors.

Third-Place: For Jason McCue, getting out and enjoying life is second nature. The 38-year-old Canadian enjoys outdoor activities ranging from camping to wheelchair rugby, but his passion is surfing.

McCue’s journey has taken him to Australia, Mexico and parts of California in search of the perfect wave. His third-place winning photo was captured off the coast of Mexico in Punta Mita.

“A swell had been in for few days and growing,” says McCue. “I‘d been telling the boys I wanted to catch bigger waves. I convinced Tzahui Vazquez, (the guy beside me) and Cesar De La Rosa Flippen (the guy in the back), to join me but had to wait for them to close up their surf shop for the day.

So, sunset surfing it was. I remember thinking how big the waves were. I had butterflies in my stomach. The waves were 8 to 10 feet high. My photo was us waiting for a wave, and was super stoked to have caught 3 good ones that day.”

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For his third-place victory, McCue’s photo will appear on the S`NS website’s Spokes of the Week. He will also receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy of At Home Medical, a complimentary copy of the September 2014 issue of S`NS as well as our 2014 GOEL Prize Pack consisting of a gnarly MV-1 back pack filled with gifts from all our GOEL 2014 participating sponsors.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s photo contest! Stay tuned for more special events from LASCI and our community partners.

About the Get Out, Enjoy Life Event

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”.

Now in its’ fourth year, the 2014 GOEL event kicked  off on June 2, 2014, with a photo contest and prize giveaways for participants. The SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, Wheel:Life and LASCI social media pages featured a daily listing of accessible vacation spots, outdoors programs, and other events.

This year’s GOEL theme was all about running free, using the slogan of ROAM, and the program spotlighted activities like adaptive sports, accessible amusement parks, inclusive vacation spots and other unique outings.

View the full program details at: http://pvamag.com/sns/article/6277/get_out_enjoy_life_2014

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.

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 Edgepark and UroMed, two of the largest urological supply companies in the country.  Join more than 31,000 friends in our online 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.

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Get Out & Enjoy Life with LASCI’s Accessible Travel Contest

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It’s time for the Get Out, Enjoy Life 2014 contest with SPORTS ’N SPOKES, Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), and Wheel:Life.

Three sponsors. Triple the chances of winning.
In 2011, we introduced you to the idea of exploring your world and sharing those experiences with us by submitting your outdoor sporting or recreation pictures. And share you did. Just check out this year’s promotional video we put together of you getting out and enjoying life.

Get Out Enjoy Life 2014 from SPORTS N SPOKES on Vimeo.

Since we started, we’ve received more than 500 photos from around the globe depicting your adventures of accessible hiking, sit-skiing, and bungee jumping, to name a few. Oh yeah, we also handed out some really cool prizes, put the winner on our September 2013 cover, and gave out a brand-new race chair courtesy of Top End.

Well, now’s your chance to get in on the action during the Get Out, Enjoy Life 2014 contest. Join SPORTS ’N SPOKES, Wheel:Life, and LASCI starting June 2, 2014 as we highlight the many accessible destinations across the country and beyond!

Would you let someone catapult you across a lake - in your wheelchair? Lonnie did!

Would you let someone catapult you across a lake – in your wheelchair? Lonnie did!

That’s because last year we expanded the contest to our Canadian and European friends, and rightfully so, as Canada is home to one of the most extreme guys we’ve ever met. You may have seen photos of Lonnie Bissonnette base-jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge in his wheelchair during the annual Bridge Day.

So, get packed and be sure to check in daily on the S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Facebook pages for a chance to win daily. Don’t forget to bring the camera and send us those outdoor and recreational pictures. You could win big! Just can’t wait? Submit your photos here.

About The Program
Each day beginning June 2, 2014, you’ll find an accessible outdoor opportunity listed on the S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Facebook pages.  And, the best part is, when you comment on the postings, you’ll automatically be entered to win a prize associated with that event, program, or location. It could be a free pass to a park, tickets to a sports event, travel guides or accessories, or any number of exciting gifts!

To participate, simply visit the S’NS, Wheel:Life, and LASCI Facebook pages.

If you’re not already following us, click on the links to “LIKE” our Facebook pages, and you’ll be ready to roll! Remember, to be eligible to win the daily prizes you MUST COMMENT on the posts of places and programs we mention. Winners will be selected for each post each day after comments are reviewed.

Who's hitting the baseball diamond this summer? We want to see your pictures!

Who’s hitting the baseball diamond this summer? We want to see your pictures!

Submit Your Snapshots to our Photo Contest
The Get Out, Enjoy Life Family Snaps photo contest. We want to see the places you visit and the sports and recreational activities you enjoy. At the end of the contest on June 27, 2014 – three grand-prize winners will be selected from those who share pictures of themselves getting out and enjoying life this summer. Pictures can be posted using this simple form.

Three winners total will receive a Get Out, Enjoy Life Prize Pack that includes an S’NS T-shirt, luggage tag, and carabiner all conveniently packaged into a Hollister backpack.

First-place winner will win a custom-built Box Design wheelchair as well as the opportunity to have their winning photo make the September 2014 cover*. In addition, winning photos may be included in various S’NS, Wheel:Life, LASCI, and sponsor presentations, both online and print.

So, what do you win?

First Place Photo Winner
First-place winner will receive a custom built wheelchair courtesy of Mike Box Designs, the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack mentioned above, and based on photo quality, the cover spot of the September 2014 S’NS issue. Winning photos that do not meet our production and design resolutions will be placed in the Final Frame section of the magazine and the winner will receive a 2-year subscription to compensate the prize.

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Second Place Photo Winner
Second-place winner will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to S’NS, a set of Morph Wheels, foldable wheelchair wheels/tires courtesy Maddak, Inc., and their winning picture featured as Final Frame in the September 2014 issue of S’NS, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above.

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Third Place Photo Winner
Third-place winners will receive a $200 gift certificate courtesy At Home Medical, a complimentary copy of the September 2014 S’NS issue, and the Get Out, Enjoy Life prize pack above. The winning photo will be featured as Spoke of the Week on the S’NS web site.

Daily Prizes
In addition to the grand prizes for our photo contest winners, participants who comment on our daily Facebook posts are eligible to win an assortment of goodies from generous sponsors like Coloplast, Hollister Incorporated, MV-1 and many more!

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Contest Rules / Rights and complete prize listing can be found here.

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About SPORTS ‘N SPOKES
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 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.  Visit www.sportsnspokes.com  to view the latest issue.

wlifeiconlowresAbout 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, related research and news;
  • explore educational and employment avenues;
  • research the proper adaptive equipment, assistive technology, home modification and home medical equipment for their needs;
  • network within local and virtual peer support groups;
  •  discover accessible travel destinations; and
  • enjoy a full and active life as a wheelchair user.

Visit us at www.wheel-life.org.

About LASCI:
LASCI founder Bert Burns is a C7 quadriplegic who first read S’NS in his early days of recovery after a life-changing car accident.  “Every month as I was in rehab, I would go through the pages of SPORTS ’N SPOKES, amazed by the athletes they featured and hoping I could be one, too,” Burns says.

lascilogoIn 10 brief years following the accident, Burns made his own amazing advances as a recreational therapist for the Shepherd Center and in a lengthy career as a wheelchair racer, winning a gold medal in the Paralympics.

Burns formally began Life After Spinal Cord Injury as an outreach program in 2010 after more than 20 years of working with peer groups and the SCI community. It’s a motivational program that takes place in rehabilitation hospitals and other locations, to assist disabled youth and adults who have recently learned they will be permanently using a wheelchair.

Life After Spinal Cord Injury is sponsored by UroMed, one of the largest urology medical supply companies in the country.