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Step By Step | Kent Templien’s Story of Resilience

A devastating ATV accident left Kent Templien with a severe spinal cord injury. It also revealed incredible resolve and resilience.                

In Her Own Words – Tamika Clemons

May 16, 2022

Let’s be clear. Tamika Clemons did not want to come to QLI. It wasn’t anything personal, it was just too far from home and certainly too far from her daughter […]

Tamika Clemons | A Portrait of Perseverance

April 29, 2022

A blank canvas can depict so much. Though devoid of anything visual, there exists on the surface the potential for anything to be set down. Through our art is an […]

Waylon Campbell: The DJ, the Dad, and the Dedication

April 22, 2022

It is early afternoon in QLI’s Colladay Center. The usual flow of traffic is about—clients heading to therapies, clinicians preparing for meetings, and some setting up for a giveaway. In […]

The Advocate | Melina Sanchez and Her Future

March 30, 2022

“We’re going to be working on mindfulness in our meditation today,” says QLI Life Path Specialist Jaime Johnson. He pushes a button on his phone and a gong sound issues […]

The Gains of Bob Cross – A Multi-Perspective View on Injury and Recovery

March 25, 2022

It was a long day. Finally home to Oregon at last, the extended Cross family and friends gathered to celebrate the progress made over the past seven-odd months. It was […]

Persistence Unmatched | Derek Shike and the Road Back

March 18, 2022

Eastern Oregon is a region of old persistence. The Columbia Plateau, which covers most of this land area, formed from lava flows occurring throughout millions of years. Set far from […]

Unrelenting Hope: Lydia Schieuer’s Story

February 24, 2022

*Client names have been altered to protect identity* “‘They brush their…’” an expectant pause follows this unfinished sentence. On the screen, a few options are up for selection to complete […]

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 […]

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