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Impact Report 2021

2021 Impact Report

On behalf of everyone at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we thank you for your support. We invite you to take a look at our FY21 Impact Report below.


Samantha Lewis at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for Long-Covid recovery

NYT: Cognitive Rehab: One Patient’s Painstaking Path Through Long Covid Therapy

Nearly two years into the pandemic, advances have been made in treating Covid itself, but long Covid — a constellation of lingering health problems that some patients experience — remains little understood.


Top Climber SkyRise Chicago

SkyRise Chicago – Event Recap

On Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, we hosted the 13th annual SkyRise Chicago at Willis Tower. This year’s event included both in-person participation in the world’s tallest indoor stair-climbing event, as well as a virtual option for participants — running, stepping and cycling in their communities in support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Phil's Story of Recovery

Hoops and Hope Following a Freak Accident

Imagine being a week away from achieving your basketball dreams when suddenly everything changes... Watch Phil fight his way to get back on the court.

Patient Story

woman stomach gripping

How Sucking in Your Stomach Could be Bad for Your Health

Dr. Sarah Hwang, MD, comments on how 'stomach gripping' - sucking in your stomach all the time - can negatively impact your health.


Thanksgiving 2021

Surviving Holiday Meals with Picky Eaters (Part One): Preparation

The holidays can be a stressful time for families, especially those with picky eaters. Most holiday traditions center around food and, unfortunately, many of these foods are not high on the “preferred food lists” of picky eaters (e.g., green bean casseroles, Brussels sprouts, etc).


Carved Pumpkins for Halloween

Carve a Pumpkin!

Print these decals out to carve a pumpkin!