Success Stories

Cycling Accident Changes Life

May 11, 2011

Stephen, 62, once held a successful career in commercial real estate with Marsh Supermarkets. He enjoyed travel, history, architecture, anything in the Country French style, and music. All that changed in September 2007 while riding a bicycle through a golf course at dusk. A construction crew had cut a gaping hole across the path, and…

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Twins Love 'Girlie' Stuff

May 11, 2011

Shailyn and Kaitlyn are 9-year-old twins who love “girlie stuff” — makeup, clothes, shopping, anything pink. They enjoy music, particularly Hannah Montana and Katy Perry. And they enjoy being outdoors, riding on the back of their dad’s golf cart, outfitted especially for them. The girls were born with Cerebral Palsy and developmental disabilities. Shailyn also…

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Carlos Finds Support to Live Independently Again

May 11, 2011

Carlos was a social worker living in Florida three years ago when he became ill with a spinal infection. His doctors gave him no hope to live and sent him home to die. A brother, who lives in Indianapolis, flew Carlos here so he could attend to him. Carlos was admitted to the hospital, and…

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What She Lacks in Mobility, She Makes Up for in Attitude

May 11, 2011

Elizabeth was paralyzed in June 2000 when a car ran a red light, t-boning her Chevy Blazer. Her car rolled seven times, throwing Elizabeth out the driver-side window and pinning her underneath. Diagnosed with quadriplegia because of the location of the injury, she now uses a power wheelchair to get around both inside her home…

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Granddaughter of Freed Slave Leads Life of Service

May 11, 2011

Born in 1906, Willa, 105, is CICOA’s oldest client. The granddaughter of a freed slave, Willa was taught from her earliest childhood to honor the memory and sacrifice of her ancestors by leading a life of service. Despite growing up in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era, Willa was well educated and became a teacher…

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Youngest Client Opens Eyes to Possibilities Ahead

May 11, 2011

At five months of age, Ryder came home from the hospital for the first time and became CICOA’s youngest client. Now one year old, he has endeared himself to all who know him. Ryder was born with an extremely rare neurological disorder known as Mšbius syndrome. On average, two to 20 people in a million…

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