December 2008 SCI CONNECTOR
The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Network has had to close it office in Rockville, MD due to the drop off in funding. We do plan to continue with our work but will temporarily maintain an office in the home of Kimball Gray, who was elected President at our Annual Meeting/Picnic in August.
The SCI Network has been in existence since 1980 with a mission of assisting the newly spinal cord injured individuals and their families, in helping them find the best means of coping with such an overwhelming intrusion into their lives. The Network has assisted numerous people during these past 28 years in finding the best hospital and rehab facilities; the doctors most knowledgeable of spinal cord injuries; the location of wheelchair and durable medical equipment providers; finding the best care providers and peer mentors.
Through these years, the service provided by the SCI Network has been done by a volunteer group of peer mentors with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. Their advice and support comes mostly from their own experience and their network with others with disabilities.
The SCI Network wishes to continue its work but depends on you for whatever financial support that you may be able provide.
New Contact Information:
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The early years of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Network were defined by a great deal of work done by Eric Mohn. Eric, a quadriplegic, died Nov. 25 due to complications with his paralysis. He was 63. In 1963, he was in an automobile accident that resulted in a high level neck injury. After years of treatment, surgeries and rehabilitation, he continued his schooling and graduated with a degree in business administration from St. Andrew's College in North Carolina.
After his schooling, Eric became interested in painting. Having no use of his hands, he used a paint brush by holding it in his mouth. After 30 years, he had won numerous awards for his watercolor landscapes and still lifes. Eric’s customers were people from throughout the US, but also parts of Europe, including Russia, Holland and England. His fans included household names such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marriott Hotels and The Washington Post. At one time, the US State Department bought his prints.
In order to find out more about Eric’s paintings go to www.ericmohn.com to view his paintings and likely find the perfect Christmas gift for a friend.
Eric was an advocate for people with disabilities and served as a board member and President of the Spinal Cord Injury Network during the 1980’s and into the 1990’s. In 2003, Eric and his father Kermit, were awarded the Jane McIntosh award by the Network for their great work as advocates for people with disabilities.
Eric is survived by his wife, Rita; his father, Kermit; his brother, Stephen and other loving family members. We send out our deepest condolences to them all.
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Friends and members of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Network participated in the Annual Meeting which included the election of Board Members, the Redskin Season Tickets Raffle, and a cookout of great food and beverages. Seventy-five people attended this event that took place on Saturday, August 16, 2008 in the courtyard of The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV).
The elected Board Members were: President, Kimball Gray; Vice-President, David Sharp; Secretary, John Pitman; Treasurer, Dave Burds and members Jesse Parker, Bobby Coward, Matt Barkley, Abbie Moore and Russ Holt.
As you may know, the Redskin Season Ticket Raffle is our main fundraiser every year. The chances sell for $100 each with a limit of 100 available for purchase. Along with the Redskin tickets as 1st place prize, there are 9-second place cash prizes of $200. This allows for one of ten chances of winning, if not the tickets, at least double your money back. There are also a number of door prizes.
This year’s winner of the Redskins Season Tickets was Chris Pauly. The $200 winners were: Tony Trott, Joe Mancuso (2), Joan Steyn, Andrea Ryan, Al Burds, Layo Osiyemi, Roderic Hopkins and Kermit Mohn.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
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I’m an Air Force “brat”! That’s a term given to kids of members of our military, I like it! I was born on an airbase and moved every three years of my life until I was 19. Lived in eight different states and did a few years in Europe as well. So making friends is a skill I learned from an early age because if you took to long they would be gone.
I graduated from Mississippi State University with a BBA in Finance. I’ve been working in Independent Living since 1992, starting as the founding Director of these three organizations; a CIL in Mississippi, the South Carolina SILC and the Maryland SILC.
I’ve been married to my lovely wife Michelle for over 17 years. We live in Silver Spring with our dogs Bandit and Raven.
My sport of choice is Quad Rugby. I’m a member of the Capitol Punishers, a Quad Rugby team based in the DC metro area. My wife Michelle serves as part of my “Pit Crew”.
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Quad Rugby is back in town! The sport that gives you a different perspective of wheelchair user! The Capitol Punishers are hosting the 2nd Annual Capitol Clash the weekend of December 12 – 14, 2008 at Trinity University in Washington, DC. There is no admission and free parking.
Trinity Washington University
Friday December 12, 2008
Saturday December 13, 2008
Sunday December 14, 2008
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