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Logan's story

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Six years ago, while pulling out of the driveway of his Oklahoma home in his go-cart, Logan Shaw was hit by a car. The crash resulted in multiple injuries, including a spinal cord injury (SCI) that caused paralysis in the lower half of his body. Once he was stabilized, 13-year-old Logan and his family flew to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago for rehabilitative care.

Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D., spinal cord injury medical director at the hospital, said Logan’s resilience and determination were a key to his recovery. “Although Logan has done marvelously well, he had to face difficult challenges to make it to where he is today,” said Dr. Vogel.

Logan’s intensive rehabilitation program included various therapies, such as using as a functional electrical stimulation (FES) bike. The specialized bike uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscles and replicate the cycling motion. Logan also participated in other therapies involving sports and recreation, including wheelchair basketball and scuba diving.

You cannot sit and think about all the things you can no longer do,” said Logan. “You must stay positive and understand that people [with disabilities] can do anything that able-bodied individuals can."

 

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“It was my lifelong dream to receive a scholarship for a sport in college,” said Logan, now 19. “[Wheelchair] basketball gave me the competitive outlet I desired and a place to be around people just like me — people I could lean on.”

His determination and athleticism eventually made Logan’s dream a reality. Logan was awarded an athletic scholarship to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Texas – Arlington, where he plans to major in political science and minor in business.

“You cannot sit and think about all the things you can no longer do,” said Logan. “You must stay positive and understand that people [with disabilities] can do anything that able-bodied individuals can.”