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Despite Spinal Cord Injury, College Student Determined to be Home for Christmas

[KSTP-TV, December 21, 2014] Jake Anderson would be any parent’s dream.The 20-year-old was an honor student and varsity hockey player at Chanhassen High School before moving on to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was a popular member of a fraternity who made new friends easily. Madison is also where his life changed forever […]

Good Question: Does hunching over smartphones hurt our spines?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 17, 2014] According to a new study, people spend an average of 2-4 hours a day hunched over their smartphones, which puts a lot of stress on the spine. “That is quite a lot,” said Courtney Tanaka, a physical therapist with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “If our postures aren’t correct in the […]

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Polio survivors reunite in Twin Cities

[KARE-TV, September 24, 2014] More than 300 survivors of polio gathered in the Twin Cities to learn more about the lasting effects of the disease and remember the revolutionary woman who helped them fight it. The Courage Kenny Foundation organized the reunion of polio survivors the daylong event, “Life after Polio: Realities and Practicalities” on […]

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Wheelchair Softball World Series opens in Brooklyn Park

[Star Tribune, August 15, 2014] The 2014 Wheelchair Softball World Series opened Thursday in Brooklyn Park, featuring 14 teams from as close to home as the Twin Cities and as far away as Japan. Todd Anderson Field, Minnesota’s first wheelchair-accessible softball field for competitive play, is the main site, with games also being played at […]

National Wheelchair Softball World Series comes to Brooklyn Park

National Wheelchair Softball World Series comes to Brooklyn Park

[Brooklyn Park Sun Post, July 21, 2014] It’s fast, competitive and comprised of dedicated athletes. For the first time, the National Wheelchair Softball World Series will be held in Brooklyn Park next month. The 14-team – possibly 16-team if Japanese and Nigerian teams are able to show – double-elimination championship will feature teams from around […]

Minnesota man up-and-running again on prosthetic leg

[KMSP-TV, July 17, 2014] At Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United Hospital, a Minnesota man was learning to run again with his brand new prosthetic leg after a workplace accident left him facing life as an amputee. Peterson was working for a steel company and was loading sheet metal on a rail cart in 2011 […]

Rolling Wolves win title

Rolling Wolves win title

[Access Press, May 9, 2014] “The Final Four” isn’t the only national basketball championship worth celebrating. Minnesotans claimed a basketball championship in Louisville, Ky., April 5 when the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Junior Rolling Timberwolves Varsity wheelchair basketball team won the national title. The Wolves beat the Utah Rec N’ Crew 76-61. “It was truly […]

Device brings hope of paralysis recovery

[KMSP Fox 9 & KARE 11, April 8, 2014] Research at the University of Louisville is being heralded as a breakthrough that is bringing hope for patients who suffered spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis because a device is helping them move again. Although the device is still very much in the experimental phase and […]

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

When cancer treatment causes ‘chemo brain’

[Minnesota Public Radio, March 21, 2014] The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study last week suggesting the number of cancer cases will increase in the next 16 years. The study also noted the number of survivors will increase too. One of the effects of treatment is known as “chemo brain,” or mild cognitive […]

Mono-Ski Madness event helps disabled find freedom on the slopes

[Duluth Tribune, Feb. 13, 2014] A strong sense of independence and drive to fly down the slopes allowed disabled skiers to dominate the slopes at Spirit Mountain on Wednesday. The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is hosting the 11th annual Great Lakes Mono-Ski Madness and Race Camp. From Wednesday to Friday, participants ages 9 to 54 […]