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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Blackhawks Sled Hockey

Sled Hockey

Blackhawks Sled Hockey was formed in the fall of 1999 with the support of Chicago Blackhawks Charities, and remains a robust presence in the sled hockey arena.


Adaptive & Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

The basketball program promotes growth in fundamental skills of basketball while teaching life skills of sportsmanship, dedication, & friendships.


Kendrick and his PT

Back After a Traumatic Brain Injury

After a traumatic brain injury, Kendrick was no longer an active toddler. Our team of therapists committed to helping him regain as much ability as possible.

Patient Story

Ethan and his wife overcome the life change of limb loss

Renewed Vigor Following a Quadruple Amputation

Ethan was enjoying his work as a healthcare consultant after graduating from Northwestern. In January 2015 an infection led to a life-changing outcome..

Patient Story

Cameron improves after SCI

Conquering Mountains Following a Spinal Cord Injury

Cameron was camping in Colorado when his life changed forever. He slipped on a rock and hit his head. He was paralyzed and in pain from a spinal cord injury.

Patient Story

Kelsey LeFevour competes in Paralympics

RIC Patient Heads to the Paralympic Games

Kelsey was born with scoliosis, kyphosis and diastematomyelia. Our Caring for Kids Program was Kelsey’s introduction to adaptive sports.

Patient Story

Michael Patrick Thornton uses ReWalk for Richard the Third

Bringing Spinal Cord Science to the Stage

While set in fifteenth century Europe, this production features a 2016 breakthrough: Richard strides across the stage – in a ReWalk exoskeleton.

Patient Story

Jim Osborn Behind the Wheel Post Stroke

Full Circle After a Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Jim experienced a brain embolism brought on by infection and was quickly admitted to an acute-care hospital. After discharge, he came to RIC.

Patient Story

Walter Mason on a bike as he rejoins his community after stroke

A Life Regained Following Stroke

Walter arrived paralyzed on the right side of his body. He arrived on a Saturday and by Tuesday, he took his first steps. Soon after walking, he didn’t stop.

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Courtney walking up stairs

A Bright Future Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Kathy heard the words all parents dread: “There’s nothing we can do; prepare for the worst," after her daughter was struck by a drunk driver.

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Shannon Thomas at graduation after TBI rehabilitation

An Unanticipated Head Injury and Incredibly Bright Future

In 2011, Diedre Thomas excitedly dropped her daughter, Shannon, off at college for the first time. Two days later, everything changed.

Patient Story

Austin after SCI rehabilitation

Making Waves Following a Spinal Cord Injury

For 22-year-old Austin, the future was bright. On the first day of his family vacation, he sustained a serious spinal cord injury after jumping into the ocean.

Patient Story