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Samantha

Samantha Proves Doctors Wrong

May 31, 2012 Comments Off on Samantha Proves Doctors Wrong
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

Life can change in an instant. Sixteen-year-old Samantha Allen and her family learned this painful lesson nine years ago when Samantha was struck by a car after stepping off of her school bus. Samantha suffered a “Christopher Reeve-type” spinal cord injury, which left her paralyzed from the neck down. Samantha’s quality of life is enhanced…

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Beverly

Positive Attitude and Love Sustains Couple

May 31, 2012 Comments Off on Positive Attitude and Love Sustains Couple
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

Beverly and James have been married for 36 years and have a home filled with love and laughter. Beverly was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, but faith, a positive attitude and love for one another has sustained the couple. “We’ve learned over the years it’s not about the things you give each other. Sometimes…

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Pearl

Pearl Remembers Her Hymns

May 24, 2012 Comments Off on Pearl Remembers Her Hymns
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

Lee, age 90, met his future wife Pearl at the Indiana State Fair. “I was a freshman and she was a senior,” he recalls. “I thought she was just being nice, but a few days later she sent me a note asking why I wasn’t talking to her anymore.” They were married shortly after Lee…

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Marian

Marian Prevents WWII Raid on New York

May 24, 2012 Comments Off on Marian Prevents WWII Raid on New York
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

In 1943, Marian was working in the original L.S. Ayres Tea Room when she met an Army recruiter having lunch. As a result, Marian decided to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). She served in military intelligence, first at the Pentagon and then in New Jersey, intercepting German radio transmissions. If Marian hadn’t heard…

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Mary

Mary Still Enjoys Cooking, Gardening

May 24, 2012 Comments Off on Mary Still Enjoys Cooking, Gardening
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

For 81-year-old Mary, staying active is not difficult. She’s soft-spoken and sweet, and greets people with a warm hug. Every day she calls members of her St. John Missionary Baptist Church congregation to see how they are doing and to chat for a few minutes. Mary first connected with CICOA after undergoing open-heart surgery and…

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Hope at Indy Mini Marathon

Carrying Hope – How One CICOA Family Finished the Mini-Marathon

May 17, 2012 Comments Off on Carrying Hope – How One CICOA Family Finished the Mini-Marathon
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

Five-year-old Hope Parker finished the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in 3 hours, 34 minutes and 23 seconds. She didn’t run or walk. Her parents, Jennifer and Andrew Parker, carried her in a backpack. Hope has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which is incurable. In addition to her heart condition and developmental delays, Hope has a history…

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2009 Power Soccer Championship

CICOA Clients Help U.S. Team Clinch Second Powerchair Football World Cup

November 22, 2011 Comments Off on CICOA Clients Help U.S. Team Clinch Second Powerchair Football World Cup
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

Case Calvert and JC Russo, members of the U.S. National Power Soccer Team and CICOA clients, recently brought home the FIPFA 2011 Powerchair Football World Cup. The U.S. team competed for its second World Cup in Paris, France, Nov. 2-6, becoming the first team to win back-to-back World Cup titles. According to the United States…

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Are You at Risk for Falls?

August 21, 2011 Comments Off on Are You at Risk for Falls?
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

It’s the Leading Cause of Death Among Seniors September 23 is the first day of fall and National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. To help bring attention to this growing public health issue, CICOA has compiled an in-home assessment tool to help identify a number of common falling and tripping hazards in your home: Are there…

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Moving from Hospital to Home with Care Transitions

August 19, 2011 Comments Off on Moving from Hospital to Home with Care Transitions
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

In July 2010, Johnnie, then 68, was admitted to Wishard Memorial Hospital with chest pain. She had been in and out of the hospital six times over a period of only 10 months. With multiple medical problems, Johnnie required a great deal of care with medication management, bathing, meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, etc. Although determined…

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Tori and Claire Riley

A Musical Match

May 12, 2011 Comments Off on A Musical Match
December 3 @ 3:38 pm

CICOA client Tori wanted to try music therapy. Claire Riley, a student at Ball State University studying psychology and music, wanted to learn how to use music therapy techniques. A family friend suggested that Claire volunteer with CICOA, and she was matched with Tori, one of our clients who has Spina Bifida. The two young…

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