Spinal Cord Injury Awarenss

Shannon Minnick smiles as she sits in the driver's seat of her adaptive vehicle.

In honor of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month let’s learn a few facts about seat belts. 

On September 19th, 32 years ago, my life was tragically changed. I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the chest down with a C6-C7 SCI. When talking about my injury, people tend to focus on the car accident and I now use a wheelchair. That’s only a part of my story. Today, I want to focus on the part that nobody talks about. That is, I was not wearing a seatbelt. Not wearing a seatbelt not only affected my life but the lives of everyone that loved me.  

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These are overwhelming, life-altering facts. We must buckle up!

Although I have been blessed to have fearlessly – with the help of family and friends – overcome many challenges as a person with a disability, I still wonder what life would look like if I had put on my seatbelt. I do believe things in my life have happened for a reason and I’m meant to be where I am today. I absolutely love who I am, what I do, and still wish I had taken the 3 seconds to buckle up.  

Buckel up! Living with a SCI doesn’t have to be your story.

Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45% and moderate critical injury by 50%. Save your life in a short 3 to 4 seconds, fact.

Please, in honor of SCI Awareness month don’t forget to like, share, and buckle up!  

Spinal Cord Injury Awarenss
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