Friday, November 30, 2007

Wheelchair Basketball

Ben is playing basketball with the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls this year. They have a coup[le of home games and tournaments. Check them out if you get a chance.

2007/2008 Schedule




10/20 Kids Camp 2007

Mozart Park - Chicago Park District








San Antonio



1/11/07 - 1/13/07







Kids Day 2008 NEDSRA



***Champaign, IL 10/27 - 10/28

Saturday 10/27

1:00 pm ________ vs. Champaign Fire (Conference)

7:00 pm ________ vs. U of I Men

Sunday 10/28

10:45 am ________ vs. RIC Hornets (Conference)

Games played at the IMPE Building which is near Memorial Stadium

If interested in playing in the Home Tournaments please contact Joe Gerardi at

A free movie screening

Terra Incognita 2007

Terra Incognita is a feature length documentary film and companion civic engagement campaign featuring the story of Dr. Jack Kessler, the current chair of Northwestern University's Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, and his daughter, Allison, an undergraduate student at Harvard University. When Kessler was invited to head up the Neurology Department at Northwestern, his focus was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes. However, soon after his move to Chicago, Allison -- then age 15, was injured in a skiing accident and paralyzed from the waist down. In the moments following the accident, Dr. Kessler made the decision to change the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Through Kessler's story, we bring the stem cell debate to the public for discussion. The film follows the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science and the resilience and courage of people living every day with devastating disease and injury.

Please contact us if you'd like to host a community screening of the film.

90 minutes

Saturday, December 15th 2:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-6630
Get directions

"Terra Incognita" screening
Join Kartemquin and Independent Lens for a Community Cinema screening of Kartemquin's recent stem cell documentary, "Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita."
admission is free.

I will most likely be going to see this movie again. It is a great documentary that is both touching and informative. Contact me at for more information about possibly riding together.

The film will also be broadcast nationally on PBS' Independent Lens on January


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Scuba Diving

I would like to know who is interested in Scuba Diving lessons with the Scuba Tank, here in Valparaiso. They have offered an Experience Scuba Clinic to the NWISCI Group and maybe special lessons to interested parties. It sounds like a great life experience to me. Anyone interested can contact me at for more information. Their website is, check it out.

December meeting

We will be meeting again on Saturday, December 1st.

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria

2605 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

map | driving directions

Please contact nwiscig@gmail to rsvp.

The group meetings are open to anyone. Persons with or without spinal cord injury, friends or family, or anyone just wanting to learn more about spinal cord injuries are welcome.

We hope to see you there.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

November/December Meeting

Saturday, November 3rd was the last meeting. We had six people attend. It was a good time. We talked about everything from the SCI Walk, to going to school, to parenting, to falling out of your chair, to ADA and wheelchair accessible vs. handicap accessible, to water skiing and snow skiing, to scientists/researchers, to relationships, to insurance/Medicare. Just to name a few topics.

We will be meeting again on Saturday, December 1st.

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria

2605 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

map | driving directions

We hope to see you there.