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This weekend, all of our NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) and Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Facilities will be participating in an annual summit; 110 individuals, 20 of which are living with a spinal cord injury, will also be participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon on Saturday for Team Reeve. Each racer with a spinal cord injury is participating in a portion of the miniMarathon depending on their personal goals and ability. To learn more about this weekend's events, click here.
One of these NRN and CFW facilities is Frazier Rehab. Here's a great story about 24-year-old, Joshua Sparks, living with paralysis from the waist down who will be pushing himself to limit across the finish line this weekend for Team Reeve.
Paralyzed from the waist down, he is now learning to walk, even train for the Mini Marathon thanks to Locomotor Training at Frazier Rehab Institute.
"I can feel the muscles moving, I just know it's not under my own power. And eventually when that happens, It's gonna be one of the greatest days of my life," Sparks said.
Last year, Sparks woke up to excruciating pain in his shoulders. After being rushed to the hospital, he suddenly couldn't walk. Doctors had found a blood clot that had ruptured on his spine.
Joshua faced the prospect of never being able to walk again and now a year later he's going to cross the finish line.
"Since this has happened, I want to push myself and see exactly what I can do," Sparks said.
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