Network News

June 2021
Spinal Network's mission is to support the employment and education of individuals with spinal cord injuries/diagnoses by providing the tools and community support to be successful in their work and personal lives.
The Spinal Network Virtual 30-Day Challenge
is now LIVE
Pick Your Challenge and Let's have some Fun

There's still time to register for the Spinal Network Challenge, it runs from June 1st and will end on June 30th. You can register to participate in a 5K, 10K, marathon, a fitness challenge, a book reading challenge or a volunteer hour challenge. Want to customize your own challenge, that option is also available. The swag that each participant receives will play into our photo contest....include your pet and submit the photo, participate wearing a costume of your choice and submit the photo.....let's make this a fun event, after all, given the last 12 months, we all deserve some fun.

Registration for the 30-Day Challenge is still open

We've been so focused on our 30-Day Virtual Challenge that we may not have explained why? First, we all thought that given the pandemic and the isolation of the past several months we wanted to give people a virtual playground where we can all go and just have some fun. From the feedback that I've received after the first full week of the Challenge, it seems like it's working.

Secondly, the monies raised by the 30-Day Challenge will give us the means to launch out Community Outreach program. This program will consist of a number of outdoor and community events where those of us living with paralysis, our families and caregivers, and our friends working in rehabilitation can get together to hike an accessible trail, to get together for a BBQ or potluck, or to try out indoor skydiving. We will team up with our friends from Palms to Pines for a day of adaptive sports and recreation (click the Palms to Pines link to find out more about the organization). Getting out with family and friends to Get Life!

There is still time to register for the Spinal Network Virtual 30-Day Challenge. You can click on this link to register.

We've tried to include something for everyone, if you enjoy the walk, roll, run, bike or swim, then the 5K, 10K or full marathon might be for you. Not sure you could complete this type of challenge, you will have the entire month of June to do it. Not a distance person, then maybe the fitness challenge (you decide what that would entail) or the book reading challenge or maybe it's the volunteer hour challenge. If nothing here excites you and you have an idea for a personal challenge, register for the event and click on the custom tab, set your own goals. This event is the ultimate example of inclusion.

We want this to be fun because let's face it, we all deserve some fun right about now. There will be a costume photo contest (dress up while working on your challenge) and a best pet photo contest (put the bandana from your swag box on your pet and take them along while working on your challenge).

You can participate individually or get some friends together and register as a team.


Rick Hayden
Executive Director
Coming Soon
Assistive Technology Loan Closet
Spinal Network's Assistive Technology Loan Closet will become a reality and sooner than we anticipated. We just received word that our request for funding had been approved. We will collaborate with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) as well as Social Securities PASS program to off the installation, training and possible purchase of the various devices. The goal? Provide the means by which an individual can access the devices necessary to attend college or enter the workplace. If you have a need and you are interested, send me an email so that I can keep you updated on the program launch.
Would You Be Interested In a Spanish Speaking Support Group?
If you are or if you know of someone who could benefit from this group, please email me, we will look to hold this group in July and we'd like to know what days or times work best.
Would You Be interested in a Support Group for Families/Caregivers
If you are or if you know of someone who could benefit from this group, please email me, we will look to hold this group in July and we'd like to know what days or times work best.
Virtual Happy Hour
Critters & Cocktails - bring your pets :)
June 18th at 5:30
Let's give this a try, Friday late afternoon (or evening anywhere east of the pacific time zone), it was a hard week and you need a bit of down time, grab a drink, bring your pet and hang out for a while. The conversation will be light and those hanging out will be the very coolest...but that goes without saying.
Have You Registered for the Spinal Network Challenge 2021? If Not Just Click on the Button Below
We're all tired of being cooped up for the last year so now it's time to spread out a bit and have some fun. There is still plenty of time to participate, just click the link below to register. Get out and log some miles, or read some books or just do your own fitness program, the event will last for the entire month of June If you have a custom challenge personalized just for you, we have a custom challenge. So now it's time to hit that button and get yourself registered. I'll mail your box of swag as soon as I can so that you can capture your challenge in a photo sporting the event logo.
Spinal Network Challenge 2021 Important Links
Event Landing Page

Event Detail Page

Become an Event Sponsor
Looking for a Peer Mentor?
Do You Want to Become a Peer Mentor?
Spinal Network has eleven certified peer mentors available to meet, listen, share their experiences as well as sharing resources and services. Whether your newly injured/diagnosed or you've been wheeling this earth for a while, or maybe your a friend, family member or rehab professional, reach out, we're here for you.

During this time of lockdown we will mentor via phone or video chat.
Our Virtual 30-Day Challenge fundraiser
is here and will continue through June 30th
This event is open to everyone
Our Virtual 30-Day Challenge will take place throughout the entire month of June. Below is the link to the landing page where you can register as an individual or a team. You will have the entire month to complete the event that you registered for. Since it is virtual, there is no restriction on where you live or where a teammate may live. Events available are a 5K, 10K, full marathon (26.2 miles), fitness challenge, book reading challenge, or volunteer hour challenge. You will have 30 days to complete challenge. We hope that you will participate in our challenge, the cost to participate is $38. You will receive a box of swag which will include an event t-shirt, bandana, and mask. There will be photo contests, referral rewards and weekly challenges.
Go solo or build a team

Registration is now open
Spinal Network Has Partnered with and
Spinal Network has partnered with and to provide free one-on-one job mentoring, information about the Ticket to Work program, information about Medicaid buy-in programs, and access to employment benefits counseling to help persons with disabilities gain and maintain employment. Please fill out the survey by clicking on the button below to be matched with a free disability employment benefits mentor and counselor.
Check Out Our Scholarship Page
Spinal Network has put together a list of scholarships that may be of help if the next phase of your life's journey takes you to college. Check it out by clicking on the button below.
Virtual Meet Ups and Movie Review for June 2021
  • Spinal Networks Movie review of "The Sea Inside" will be Tuesday, June 22nd at 12:00 noon. This movie is available on Vimeo, Movie Link

  • Spinal Network Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

The Zoom link will be sent by email for each meeting

  • Sharps SCI Support Group will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

If you would like more information on this group, please email Richard Green at
Get Your Free Paralysis Resource Guide
The Paralysis Resource Guide is a one-stop handbook to help people with paralysis and their families or caregivers navigate the world of paralysis. The book is written for consumers. The topics covered include the various causes of paralysis (stroke, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, etc.) as well as various secondary conditions caused by paralysis (pain, spasticity, bladder management, etc.). Other chapters cover topics that help one live successfully with paralysis including travel, recreation and sports, home modification, signing up for federal benefits, and wheelchair selection. There are also chapters on resources for children living with paralysis, disabled veterans and caregivers.
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Click the button below which will take you the Cure Medical website where you can request your free sample.
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Health and Wellness
Nine areas of interesting facts related to SCI/D such as caregivers, managing pain, depression and spasticity.

Peer Mentoring
Requesting a peer mentor or looking to become a peer mentor. The information is right here in one spot. We currently have eleven certified peer mentors.

Employment Preparedness
This is a very important focus for us. Many of us in the disability community want to become gainfully employed. We want off the system and to help others along their journey.
Virtual Meet & Greet Events
Our monthly Meet & Greets are a great way to connect with peers and to build your personal support network. It's also a great way to meet new friends within the SCI/D world.
Video Gallery
Our helpful video gallery has available to you, a number of videos related to SCI/D. Topics on advocacy, lifestyle, health, employment and more.

Vets First
VetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that assists veterans and their eligible family members in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need.
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