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Ben at SkyRise Chicago

Ben Surpasses Expectations and Climbs to the Top of the World

From his first shaky steps at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, to the 2,149 steps up the Willis Tower, Ben has surpassed expectations. He continues to make progress and looks forward to returning to work soon.

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Skyrise Chicago Team

SkyRise Chicago 2023 – Event Recap

On behalf of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, thank you to all who participated in our 15th Annual SkyRise Chicago!


Dr. Leora Cherney with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

Dr. Leora Cherney Honored with Inaugural Mentoring Award from Aphasia Access

At a recent ceremony in Boston, Leora Cherney, PhD, scientific chair, Robert R. McCormick Foundation Think + Speak Lab, became the very first recipient of the Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring Award. The honor was given by Aphasia Access, an organization that supports academics and healthcare professionals who work with patients with aphasia.


Leslie Marriott

Leslie Marriott Honored with Illinois OT Association’s Mentor Award

Leslie Marriott, master occupational therapist and education program manager, Academy, received the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association’s (ILOTA) 2023 Mentor Award.


Celebrating Third Graduating Class of I.D.E.A. Council-Sponsored Oak Point CNA Training Program

Celebrating Third Graduating Class of I.D.E.A. Council-Sponsored Oak Point CNA Training Program

The third class of graduates celebrated completion of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Oak Point University CNA Career Accelerator Program. The four graduates received their certificates in a ceremony attended by colleagues, family and distinguished guests.


Laura Ferrio on Chicago Public Radio

In the News: Laura Ferrio, Actor Bob Odenkirk and Research Participant Maria Odenkirk Featured in SkyRise Story on Chicago Public Radio

On Nov. 2, Reset, the midday show on WBEZ-FM — Chicago’s NPR affiliate — ran a segment on SkyRise Chicago, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s annual fundraising climb up Willis Tower, that included perspectives from Laura Ferrio, chief operating officer.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Researchers

Research Highlights

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a global resource. Clinical trials and research studies are where we bring our integrated care to life. We’re committed to Advancing Ability and sharing what we’re doing and what we learn — with all who seek greater ability and practitioners the world over.


Powerchair Soccer Team

U.S. Finishes 3rd at Powerchair Soccer World Cup — Reflections from Dr. Daniel Goodman & Sarah Mulroe

On October 20, Team USA defeated Argentina, 2-1, to earn a third-place finish at the Powerchair Soccer World Cup in Sydney, Australia.


Lewis at Chicago Lakefront

Intrepid, Joyful Lewis Takes SCI Rehabilitation by Storm

Lewis wants to help others who are on similar journeys. “I would love to show people who have spinal cord injuries that there are always possibilities. I want to be a leader, sharing my positivity — especially in Kenya.”

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Dr. Colin Franz

Dr. Colin Franz Featured in Article on the Promise of Degradable Medical Implants

A recent article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) highlighted the potentially groundbreaking benefits of electronic medical implants that break down in the body instead of having to be surgically removed. The materials have been tested in animals and soon could be tested in human clinical trials.


Care team member helping patient out of wheelchair

Watch Jaya's Story: Back to Beloved Activities Following a TBI

Jaya was in a car accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury and spinal fracture, among other injuries. She arrived at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in a minimally conscious state.

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Lupita's Graduation Day

Lupita’s Lessons: Navigating Adulthood with Spina Bifida

“There’s a story behind everyone’s voice, and we should all be heard,” said Lupita, 29, a Shirley Ryan AbilityLab patient living with spina bifida.

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