Update on Kate: mid-December 2016 Kate finished her sophomore year at the University of Texas last spring and was really looking forward to starting her junior year this past August. The semester started well with Kate attending class, participating in a focus group designed to bring awareness of the many issues disabled students face at UT, and generally enjoying being with her friends again. Yes…Mom was still living with her in the dorm providing her day-to-day care but Kate was able to attend classes with a friend instead of Mom and she also had help from a caregiver that she hired to help on days when she wasn’t in class with her friend. Mom and Dad were also excited by this new caregiver as he is an inactive Marine and newlywed that quickly became a new friend. So things were going well mentally and emotionally but physically Kate was starting to struggle with a pressure sore that just would not heal. Pressure sores are unfortunately fairly common in the paralysis community and can get very serious very quickly. They are a common secondary condition of spinal cord injury because of lack of sensation. Wounds can invade the bone and be life threatening. They are slow to heal and quick to spread making Kate's surgery necessary despite excellent wound care. In early October doctors were starting to suggest surgical intervention might be necessary. The implications of surgery meant Kate would have to withdraw from school and, pending successful surgery, would have a long road back to health. Kate decided at the end of October to medically withdraw from UT and undergo surgery at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The Shepherd Center is a world-class spinal cord injury (SCI) surgical and rehab center similar to TIRR in Houston and the Craig Hospital in Denver, all of which Kate is now a former patient! Surgery went well and Kate is currently recovering. Although the holiday season turned out a little unconventional this year, Kate is hoping to be back in Texas by the new year and healthy enough to be at the ride wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable ride.
Jan 23, 2016
Kate's Ride 2016 is approaching fast. Thanks to all of the riders and sponsors. Let's hope for some great weather.
Nov 27, 2015
Kate just returned from an exciting few days in New York where she participated in the Reeve Foundation's "A Magical Night".
Oct 31, 2014
We have two very generous items donated which are up for silent auction. Auction is live - place your bids now!