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    You are our hero!

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    Here is a link to Pat's Blog. His description of the Salt Flats is very vivid.
    Every day I wake up is a good one

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    Will do! Seeing him June 19 at the Spinal Cord Research Golf Tournament in Idaho

    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    NRGized, if you see Pat, can you congratulate him for me? I am so impressed by what he is doing. Wise.
    Dr. Young,

    We would be happy to pass the message along personally.
    Pat will be at the First Annual Spinal Cord Research Golf Tournament at The Couer d'Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho June 19th.
    For more info:

    To download registration form:
    click here to download registration form

    If the download link does not work properly, just follow the first link to the fundraising page on site and the link is on that page.


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    Patrick Rummerfield: Defying the odds

    Patrick Rummerfield: Defying the odds
    By Harry Jackson Jr.
    Monday, Jul. 03 2006

    How he did it

    Name: Patrick Rummerfield

    Age: 52

    Home: West St. Louis County

    Occupation: Counselor and fundraiser for the Kennedy Krieger
    Institute and the International Center for Spinal Cord Injuries, an affiliate
    of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    What he did: Overcame a damaged spinal cord to become an athlete and
    inspiration to others who suffer from spinal cord injuries.

    Quotable: "My dad used to tell me, 'The will to win means nothing
    without the will to work.'"

    A typical day's meals: Rummerfield's wife, Barbara, is slowly moving
    to organic foods, especially meat, in order to avoid additives.

    Breakfast is often granola, fruit with yogurt and omelets using egg whites.

    Lunch and dinner: They're about the same. A lot of green, leafy vegetables,
    salads, lean meat such as chicken and a lot of fish. They avoid red meat.

    They don't eat a lot of sweets, but he does like ice cream.

    He's now 173 pounds and has been up to 191.

    After being diagnosed a quadriplegic, he's not just walking - he's racing.

    Pat Rummerfield may become the most famous athlete in America who has built his
    reputation on coming in last.

    That includes Ironman triathlons, marathons, even a 125-mile run in China that
    he didn't finish because he broke his ankle.

    Meanwhile, he holds the land-speed records for electric cars and for Model-T
    antique cars. And he's driven in two NASCAR races.

    One more thing - he's a quadriplegic.

    By all science and medical knowledge, he should be paralyzed and in a
    wheelchair, at best.

    What happened?

    In September of 1974, while celebrating his last days of being a bachelor, the
    21-year-old Rummerfield was the passenger in his 1964 Corvette, speeding at 135
    mph on Interstate 90 in Idaho. The driver lost control of the car, and it
    crashed in a roadside ditch.

    The impact threw Rummerfield's body so violently to the rear that his body
    sheared off the passenger seat, pushing it to the back of the car. He broke
    four vertebrae in his neck. Doctors told Rummerfield's father that in three
    days or so, the young man's body would shut down and he'd die.

    Rummerfield wasn't convinced. He asked the doctors to place the X-rays above
    his bed.

    "I made a promise to God that if he gave me a second chance, I'd help others
    less fortunate than myself," Rummerfield says.

    That wasn't likely. Rummerfield said that more than 85 percent of his spinal
    cord was damaged. People can end up in wheelchairs with 10 to 20 percent damage.

    "I was considered severed," Rummerfield said.

    His changes

    Rummerfield was in good physical condition when the accident happened. He
    worked as a miner in Idaho, and in high school, he played a number of sports.

    In fact, he had been practicing to become a race-car driver. That was his
    dream. He wanted to go to Europe and learn Grand Prix racing, then return and
    compete in the Indianapolis 500.

    "A week after the accident, the doctors told my dad, 'We don't know why he's
    alive,'" Rummerfield says.

    One day, the doctors stretched their prognosis to three to five years survival
    and suggested he move to a nursing home. He moved to a long-term care center in
    San Diego to learn how to use a mouth-controlled wheelchair.

    The breakthrough

    Six weeks after the accident, as he struggled to find his limbs, his toe moved.
    Then again. "I made it move," he said. "I thought, 'In a day or two I'll be

    He remembers the doctor's response: "He said don't get my hopes up, because
    what could I do with one toe."

    Rummerfield loathed his condition: "I went from a muscular 208 pounds to 125
    pounds in five weeks," he said, but "I decided I was going to have the
    strongest big toe in the world." So he kept working, straining to make body
    parts move.

    After a time, he was able to move his entire foot, then his leg, then his other
    leg. His caretakers - other than his family and friends - continued to tell him
    that was no big deal; small moves don't mean a future of mobility.

    Nevertheless, "Bits and pieces were coming back; the other toes," he says. But
    even that movement hurt. "I started flopping around; it felt like burning, very
    painful. But if I had feeling, that meant my brain was making new connections."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce
    Go Pat!

    I've met him a couple times, most recently at the DC Rally. He inspires me to keep trying to get more than I've got. Right now I can't imagine doing even a tenth of what he's doing, but then it wasn't that long ago that I could hardly imagine doing what I do now. So onward and upward!!
    Bruce, you just need more time -- keep working and just see what you can do in another ten years!

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