We lost another advocate, Chip was the Florida Emergency management cooridinator and also a spinal cord tumor like myself. RIP Chip.

Paraplegic Chip Wilson, an advocate for the disabled, dies at 62
Sandy Strickland
September 26, 2012 5:22 AM EDT
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"Doctors told Remer “Chip” Wilson he had a week to live when a tumor was discovered on his spine at age 17. If they tried to remove it, the surgery would kill him. He survived the first week. He survived the second week.

He went to Shands Gainesville when a doctor said he could successfully operate, but X-rays showed the tumor had disappeared, said his wife, Jo Wilson.

Though the ordeal left him a paraplegic, he was never bitter and devoted much of his time to assisting people with disabilities, his wife said. And he lived 45 more years before dying Sept. 17 of bladder cancer. He was 62.

“Chip was probably the best advocate for people with disabilities that I’ve ever met,” said Matt
Motko, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center of Jacksonville. “The void that he’s left cannot be filled.”

Until recent months, Mr. Wilson traveled extensively as statewide disability coordinator for the Florida Department of Emergency Management, ensuring that people with disabilities were included in emergency preparedness. He was hired in 2007 from 200 applicants to what was then the first position of its kind in the United States. "



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