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Oct 7 2010
RIM/Mike Utley Scholars - Week 4 Wrap Up
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After weeks of following their inspiring journeys over at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM), the DMC Social Media Team is proud to present the finale of our RIM/Mike Utley Scholars video diary series. For the last month, we've followed Mathew, Emily, and Leighton (pictured above), who are all spinal cord injury patients, from receiving their scholarships from the Mike Utley Golfing Benefit to now concluding their agressive physicial therapy at the RIM/Mike Utley Center for Human Performance. It's been an amazing experience following them and the DMC Social Media Team is proud to present the conclusion of their journeys on our DMC Blog.
 
So catch the videos from Mathew, Leighton, and Emily's final week at RIM here on our DMC Blog page and in case you missed it, also watch their diaries from Week 1 - 3, along with highlights from the Mike Utley Golf Outing event by clicking on the links listed at the bottom of this post.

Leighton

Please click below to view Leighton's "Week 4" video diary entry (or click this link here
 to watch).

     

Background

Leighton Lillie was injured on Feb 7, 2009, while racing as a professional motorcycle racer in Tulsa, OK.  Leighton had been a professional racer for 8 years when the injury occurred.  He was diagnosed as a T6-T7 ASIA A para.  Leighton began racing motorcycles at the age of five and rose to the top of his field prior to his accident.  Today Leighton is classified as a T8 injury ASIA B.  He recently spent 5 months in Redmond, WA at Pusing Boundaries before returning to his hometown of Lewiston, ID, where he continues rehabing with a trainer at Golds Gym. Leighton plans to apply his strong work ethic to his goal of walking again. Leighton has great support from the small town where he gret up as the community had been following his racing career and now are following his recovery.


Emily

Please click below to view Emily's "Week 4" video diary entry (or click this link here to watch).


    

Background

Emily as on a weekend trip with her brother, cousins and friends floating down the Illinois River near Tahlequah, OK, when midway down the course she dove from a tree overhanding the river.  Emily had inspected the area, but it turned out to be much more shallow than expected, and she hit the bottom of the riverbed crushing her C5 Vertebrae.  After hearing about RIM's Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery (CSCIR) from a friend at the therapy center in Houston, TX, where she was receiving OP therapy, Emily spent two month in the Summer of 2008 and the Summer of 2009 at CSCIR in Detroit.  Emily resides in Bucklin, KS, where she works full time at a John Deere Dealership in the bookkeeping department.  Emily would like to go back to school and obtain her MBA.  Emily ultimately hopes to be able to live on her own and one day marry and have a family.


Mathew

Please click below to view Mathew's "Week 4" video diary entry (or click this link here to watch).

       Background

Mathew was alone on a vacation in Cancun when, while standing hip deep in the ocean, a wave drove him headfirst into the sand.  Mathew was then pulled back out in the ocean where he nearly drowned.  A nurse from Livonia, MI saw what happened and rescued him from the water.  Mathew was then Med-Evacted from Mexico to Florida.  He was diagnosed as C-6 Incomplete.  Before his accident, Mathew was a General Manager of a Country Club in Michigan.  He had previously worked as a Chef in a number of Detroit Area Restaurants.  He also was very physically fit and had been training to run a marathon.  Mathew had been at the peak of his career with a job he loved when his life was flipped upside down.  He now is working at buildling his strength back and is surrounded by a strong support team while he pursues his dream of walking again.  Mathew has volunteered to teach a cooking class at RIM for patients in wheelchairs.  He has returned to hunting with a cross bow, bowling and of course cooking.


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In case you missed them, please click on the links below to check the previous weeks' videos on the RIM/Mike Utley Scholars:

Week 1 - click here
Week 2 - click here
Week 3 - click here
Mike Utley Golf Outing Highlights - click here

For more information on the services mentioned above and offered at the DMC RIM Mike Utley Center for Human Performance, please click on the link here. And for information on the entire list of programs offered at DMC Rehabilation Institute of Michigan, visit www.rimrehab.org.


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