Wednesday, February 1, 2012

NWI SCI Group-February Meeting at the Vater house

Hello all,

I know its been a long time and this may be short notice, but Anne Vater and her husband have invited us to their new house in Crown Point, Indiana for a get together this Saturday, February 4th, 2012. I would like anyone who is interested in getting reacquainted to please reply to this message so we know how many to expect. We are talking about ordering pizza from... you guessed it Gelsosmo's for this gathering. There is one near their house. I don't know who else has been missing the taste of Gel's pizza, but I'm looking forward to it.

I almost feel like Jake Blues.. We're gettin' the group back together.

I' would like to visit and see how everyone has been doing and what we've all been up to. I would also like us to discuss the future direction of the NWI SCI Group. What does it mean to each of us and the community as a whole? What sort of goals, if any, are we interested in accomplishing? ...and what is the level of interest and commitment that each of us are willing and able to put into accomplishing these goals? Any and all ideas are welcome. Any and all interest levels are welcome. So, if you can make it... Bring your appetite! Bring your imagination and thinking caps! Bring any interested family and friends! I hope to see you all at the Vater House on Saturday.

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
1pm - 4pm
The Vater House
12640 Pennsylvania St
Crown Point, IN 46307
H: 219-779-9878
C: 219-7468261

Friday, July 8, 2011

July Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Gary and Heidi Pierce have invited us to their house for a cookout for the July meeting. They have a swimming pool with a lift and a stocked pond in the back yard, so bring a suit and/or a fishing pole if you are interested. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and soda will be provided. Please RSVP and bring a side dish if you are able.

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

1pm - ?

Gary and Heidi's House

440 Elk Creek Ct.
Hebron, IN 45341


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Meeting and more...

Hello Everyone,

Our next meeting will be:

Sunday June 5, 2011
1:00 pm at
Gelsosomo's Pizza
2605 LaPorte Ave
Valparaiso IN
map | driving directions

*Please RSVP for the meeting. Hope to see you there!

Some dates to keep in mind are:

*June 4 -
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program
Annual Open House & Lunch
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Christening of 2.4 meter GUST

*June 8, 9 -
RHI Sports’ annual water ski clinic
8:00am to 5:00pm
Morse Reservoir at Red Bridge Park
697 West Jackson St.
Cicero IN, 46034
$10 per Skier per day. Lunch is available and free both days!
To register please go to: If you have any questions, please contact RHI Sports by phone at: 317-329-2281 or by email at: Hope to see you there.

*Adaptive Adventures also has a number of events that may be of interest to some of you as well. From handcycling, kayaking in Chicago; to water skiing in Twin Lakes, WI; to camping in Savanna, IL. Check them out at


If anyone else has any information they would like to share, please feel free to do so.

Friday, April 29, 2011

May Meeting and More...

Hello Everyone,

Our next meeting will be:

Sunday May 1, 2011
1:00 pm at
Gelsosomo's Pizza
2605 LaPorte Ave
Valparaiso IN
map | driving directions

*Please RSVP for the meeting. Hope to see you there!

A few of us attended a wheelchair tennis clinic at Turnstone Center in Forte Wayne, Indiana on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The pictures can be found here.

Other dates to keep in mind are:

Saturday, May 15 -

Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
Day at the Races
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, IN

June 4 -
Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program
Annual Open House & Lunch
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Christening of 2.4 meter GUST

Other News:

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
has videos from Working 2 Walk 2010, a science symposium where scientists working on curing paralysis meet with 200 patient advocates and their families.

ADA Compliance
- If you are ever in doubt of whether a concert venue of stadium is operating under the ADA her is the resource to check.

Kim's friend's band is playing at the Michigan City American Legion on Saturday if anyone is interested in going. They are interested in doing a benefit concert for our group, so it might be nice to check them out and give them a little support before they head out on tour this summer.

Wheelchair Tennis Clinic

The Turnstone Center and Wildwood Raquet Club hosted a wheelchair tennis clinic on April 16, 2011. It was a good time, with a pretty good turn out for the morning session. About half the people continued on to the afternoon session.

Check In 10:00am - 10:30am
Opening Session at Turnstone 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch at Turnstone at 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Afternoon Session at Wildwood Racquet Club at 2:00pm - 4:00pm

My daughter went with me and got to experience tennis from a sports chair and standing. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and wouldn't mind having a sports chair of my own so that I could play tennis locally... because the chair does make that much of a difference.

Friday, April 8, 2011

On the Ice At the United Center

On March 26, 2011, two members of the NWI SCI Group played in an exhibition sled hockey game with the RIC Blackhawks before the Blackhawks faced off against the Ducks. Here are some pictures. Congratulations Gary and Paul!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Thank You from the Lab of Dr. Hans Kierstead

In December of 2010, the Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Group donated $2000 to the University of California-Irvine to help fund the research of Dr. Hans Kierstead. We got this thank you card in the mail in the beginning of March.