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Happy May everyone! This is the time of year when the weather turns warm, prom season begins, and graduation isn't too far off. For one high school senior who attended prom via Skype, he is working hard in rehab at the Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network, Frazier Rehab Institute, after a spinal cord injury on April 2, so he can attend graduation later this month. Here's the story:
At least three days a week at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Travis Gaines is suspended in a harness over a treadmill as he practices standing and stepping, with specially trained therapists and technicians moving his legs. It's called locomotor training, and it's used to help people, like Gaines, who have spinal cord injuries.
The Lexington 18-year-old is striving to achieve one goal in particular: to attend graduation May 24 with his senior class at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
"I'm going to go to graduation. That's for sure," said Gaines, who plans to enroll at Centre College in Danville in the fall.
Gaines' injury occurred during a diving accident April 2 when he was on spring break in Destin, Fla., with other members of Dunbar's baseball team. They were taking part in the Florida Beach Bash Tournament, an annual event that draws 30 teams each spring.
(Photo: Longtime friend and prom date Julia Rukavina visited Travis Gaines on Saturday at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville before returning to Lexington for the prom. They later slow-danced via Skype.)
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