Network News

April 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.
Registration for The Spinal Network Virtual 30-Day Challenge is now LIVE
Pick Your Challenge and Let's have some Fun

The Spinal Network Challenge will start June 1st and end on June 30th. You will be able to register and participate in a 5K, 10K or full marathon. You will have 30 days to complete your challenge. There will also be a fitness challenge, a book reading challenge and a volunteer hour challenge. The swag that each participant will receive 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 now Live

It's finally here after months of planning and working with sponsors and partners. The Spinal Network Virtual 30-Day Challenge is officially open for registration. 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 is all about inclusion, not exclusion.

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).

This is our first ever real fundraiser, be a part of the Spinal Network family and help us expand our services. We want to share with the paralysis community and those who support us by planning a summer filled with all sorts of fun activities like potlucks, BBQ's, hikes, bowling and maybe even some indoor skydiving.

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


Rick Hayden
Executive Director
Virtual Happy Hour
April 16th at 5:30
Critters & Cocktails - bring your pets :)
Let's give this a try, Friday late afternoon (or evening anywhere west 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. Click the link below and register for the Spinal Network Virtual 30-Day Challenge. Get outside every day or so and log some miles, the event will last for the entire month of June....that could be a lot of miles. Not into the distance thing, join the fitness challenge where you will decide what activities you want to include...still not hooked, how about a book reading challenge or a volunteer hour challenge. How many books can you read in 30 days or how many hours can you log as a volunteer in 30 days. If you still aren't hooked, let me know what kind of challenge you'd like to participate now it's time to hit that button and get yourself registered. Oh and by the way, you'll have some swag coming your way.
Spinal Network Challenge 2021 Important Link
Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Take the Survey and See.
Hello Advocates, 

United Spinal is looking for help in expanding their Ready to Roll initiative, in order to help individuals living with SCI/SCID across the country be better prepared for emergency situations. Specifically, we are looking for people to share any stories that you may have about your experience in an emergency situation, as well as any tips or tricks that you may have on how to address certain situations as someone using a wheelchair. 

For example, an advocate from Northern California shared a story about having to evacuate his home due to wildfire threats, and told me how handy it was to keep spare tires in his van and how frustrating it was to not have a fully accessible evacuation center. No story is too small, no tip is insufficient. We appreciate anything you have to share! 

If you are interested in sharing, please use this survey form. If you have any questions, or would be interested in providing more information, please reach out to Kristina at
Monthly Employment Preparedness Workshop Series
Module #4 set for April 21st at noon
Bill White will be presenting tips and strategies to better prepare you for that big interview. Interviews can be tough so join in and see what Bill has to offer.

This one hour workshop will take place on April 21st at 12 noon.

Here is the number If you will be using your phone to log in, 669 900 6833 

Meeting ID:955 5775 9578 Passcode: 560566
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 set for June 2021
This event is open to anyone and 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 event stickers. There will be photo contests, referral rewards and weekly challenges.
Go solo or build a team

Registration is now open
Are You a Veteran? Are You Receiving the Benefits
You're Entitled To?
If not or you are unsure then here are a couple of solid organizations that you should contact. They are here to help you.

  • VetsFirst
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

These organizations assists veterans and their eligible family members in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need.
Spinal Network has joined in collaboration with the following agencies/organizations
  • Social Security Administration
  • Workability III
  • Disability Rights California
  • Department of Rehabilitation
  • SPINALpedia
  • Willing to Work USA
  • United Spinal Association
  • Triumph Foundation
  • Rehabilitation Care Coordination
  • Here and Now Project
  • Help, Hope, Live

When we assemble all of these pieces, we become a valuable resource offering very impactful programs.
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.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We Are Providing Additional Services and Resources or maybe you just want to talk with someone.

Contact Information and Resource Links
Bill White 310-770-7503
North County Inland, Escondido to Mira Mesa

Chelle Struve 619-316-3743
North County Coastal, Oceanside to Del Mar

Jim Weber 619-851-8633
East County

Dominick Taitano 619-289-0753
Mission Valley to Del Mar

Ania Flatau 831-224-0006
Mission Valley to Del Mar

Rick Hayden 951-775-2561
West and Southwest Riverside County

Virtual Meet Ups and Movie Review for April 2021
  • Spinal Networks Movie review of "The Waterdance" will be Tuesday, April 27th at 12:00 noon. This movie is available on Vimeo, Movie Link
Meeting ID: 995 7337 8861
Passcode: 008134
Phone Call In: 669 900 6833

  • 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
Please consider a $10 Donation
Absolutely it can....If we've had any impact on your life or the life of a loved one, if you feel that our vision for our community is one worth supporting, then please consider our Good Will program. This program allows a person to put the amount that they would like to donate each month or as a one time donation, it could be $5 or $25..that's the beauty of the program. If your interested then simply click the button and it will take you to the sign up. I'd like to thank you in advance for supporting Spinal Network.
Cure Medical Donates 10% of Sales to SCI Research
Click the button below which will take you the Cure Medical website where you can request your free sample.
Check Out Our Video Section
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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Spinal Network
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