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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.                

Back Behind the Wheel | QLI’s Adaptive Driving Programs

May 6, 2024

Driving offers freedom – the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want. It offers us access to the world – everything from a trip to the corner coffee […]

Casey Evanoff | Atonal Password

April 29, 2024

He’s been practicing for weeks on the methodology in the Adaptive Sports Lab–the exact order to put his helmet and harness on, to prepare for the transfer up and out […]

Andersen Smith | In Time

April 24, 2024

The driver picks him up and takes him down the hill. It’s a good day, like many others have been. Once down on QLI’s rehabilitation campus, Andersen Smith heads to […]

Paylor it Forward | Robert Paylor’s Visit to QLI

April 8, 2024

Robert Paylor is near the end of his presentation. QLI’s packed auditorium is pin-drop silent as his wife, Karsen, enters carrying a walker.  She places it in front of Robert’s […]

Marty Ewing | The Proof

April 3, 2024

“It’s all gas, no brakes. A true nose to the grindstone experience.” Going into the wheelchair rugby training camps in places like Birmingham, AL can be utterly brutal. For a […]

Chris Smith | Arena

March 5, 2024

His feet are square with the rest of the board. A breath is taken—strong aimed. The space from the crest of his knees to the ends of his toes may […]

Fatimeh Hassan Pour | The Next Hill

March 4, 2024

“My sister and I came to Omaha in August 2022,” she reflects on a whirlwind two years. After the worsening unrest of the Taliban in her native Afghanistan, Fatimeh Hassan […]

Lucas Smith | The Rooster

February 19, 2024

The lights are dimmed in the common area—the snow outside brings up the visibility within the room. It’s just after four o’clock in the afternoon, usually the time of day […]

Jaya Fever | No Dissuasion

November 29, 2023

The gym doors open and the soon-to-be graduates enter—proud and expectant. Surrounding them, family and friends sit in equal anticipation. Soon, the names are read off and each student approaches […]

Pato Gilchrist | Without Pause

November 17, 2023

Beginning on an incline, the wheelchairs move swiftly down the pavement. Thirty yards later, Pato Gilchrist and Seth Wannamaker bring their chairs to an abrupt halt. They turn around, looking […]

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