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October 14, 2020

Debbie Wahlert | Progress Measured in Inches

In a year defined by change and uncertainty, Debbie Wahlert has faced more than most. When an unexpected complication during surgery damaged Debbie’s spinal cord, she was forced to confront a future beyond all sense of normality.

In this story, republished here courtesy of The Iowan Magazine, see how Debbie set her focus on one goal, and see how—even in a world gripped by pandemic—she rebuilt her life.

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A Standing Holiday Tradition

December 22, 2021

When does an annual family event become a cherished tradition? Is it after three years? Five? Ten? Or, is the meaning and depth measured by something more significant than time? […]

Profiles of IMPACT | Kaitlyn Baker

by Carsten Froehlich

August 30, 2021

QLI’s newest nurse remembers her first day at QLI. Just a high school senior in 2019, Kaitlyn Baker was someone whose life was an ambitious exercise in balancing academics, athletics, […]

A New Point of Sail | Adaptive Sailing at QLI

by Carsten Froehlich

August 12, 2021

For us, being on the water is nothing new. It’s common for QLI’s rehabilitation clients or long-term residents to enjoy the array of aquatic luxuries at our disposal—lounging under the […]

Nick Dover | About the Journey

by Carsten Froehlich

May 28, 2021

Nick Dover is a familiar face.  Anyone with meaningful time at QLI can spot the long-time resident’s broad silhouette; can describe his hurried, always-getting-somewhere walk; can pick out his big, […]

Building the Bridge | Occupational Therapist Morgan Chapman

by Carsten Froehlich

April 30, 2021

Before they begin their afternoon session, occupational therapist Morgan Chapman gives spinal cord injury rehabilitation participant Terry Fochtmann a once-over. Seated in a powered wheelchair, Fochtmann has piloted as close […]

Purpose. Hope. Future. | QLI’s Workforce Development Program

by Carsten Froehlich

April 22, 2021

Today is Skill Check Day, one of many for the high school students participating in QLI’s Workforce Development program. Only a few short weeks remain before a State of Nebraska-proctored […]

Tom Borgaila | No White Flag

by Carsten Froehlich

March 27, 2021

Tom Borgaila arrives at the QLI Maintenance Workshop three minutes before his appointment begins. He comes through the door in his wheelchair—half-scooting himself forward heel-first, and half-pushed by a Life […]

Lisa Kassebaum | An Unbreakable Bond

by Carsten Froehlich

March 14, 2021

“I’m grateful that she has been a part of my program and helped me grow, when I am supposed to be someone to help her grow.” With the grit of […]

Black History Month at QLI | Turning Recognition into Real Change

by Carsten Froehlich

February 12, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Frederick Douglass. Mae C. Jemison. Barack Obama. Their names—and the names of many others—adorn the eastern-most windowed wall of the QLI Summit community room, where a […]