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Dave

Dave Takes Big Step in Journey From Limb Loss to Lawyer

Thirty-five-year-old Dave J. graduated from law school with hopes of embarking on a legal career. However, a congenital heart defect slowed Dave’s progress toward becoming a lawyer. He was told he needed a heart transplant. Read Dave's full story.

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Jordan walking

Newlywed Jordan Embraces New Beginnings Following Stroke At 29

Jordan came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for her stroke recovery, which included two multi-week inpatient stays at the flagship hospital in Chicago.

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Henry golfing

Watch: How Henry Went from Golf Caddy to Patient to Competitor

Through intensive therapy, Henry has worked hard to regain the ability to speak, walk, use his arms and to participate in his favorite sport — golf.

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Meshari walking

Watch Meshari’s story: New prosthetic legs help pediatric patient make huge strides

Meet Meshari, who traveled across the globe from Kuwait for rehabilitation at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Here, he learned to walk, kick and play with his new prosthetic legs.

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Brandon walking

Brandon Taps Inner Viking to Recover from Work-related Brain Injury

Brandon sustained a traumatic brain injury at work, requiring emergency surgery. Transferred to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, his journey to recovery began.

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Nicole

Empowered and Independent: Meet Nicole

Nicole found support through Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Vocational Rehabilitation program. With guidance from her vocational counselor, Nicole navigated workplace accommodations and secured funding for car modifications.

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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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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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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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Tracy and Kevin

Tracy’s Path Back from Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury

It’s been said that finishing a marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible. Learn more about Tracy's journey to running the Chicago Marathon.

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Meet Charles and Discover Music Therapy

Watch this video to meet Charles C. and see his experience at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab after experiencing issues related to his cervical stenosis.

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