Spinal Cord Injuries Won't Deter Group from Water Skiing

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Byline: Kelly Caccamo Daily Herald Staff Writer

More than 50 people living with spinal cord injuries won't let their disability keep them from water skiing at Lambs Farm June 14.

The Illinois Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is sponsoring the event on Lambs Lake.

Members of the Moving Mountains program, a group which provides challenging outdoor activities for people with spinal cord injuries, will take over the lake and show their injuries don't get the best of them.

"This is an outdoor adventure and we want to reopen doors for people with spinal cord injuries," said Eric Larson, president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

The teams of amateur athletes will take to the lake thanks to adaptive water ski equipment, which consists of a seat mounted on skis, Larson said. Paraplegics will hold onto a tow rope with their hands, while quadriplegics will be secured to a seat.

But everyone will have the chance to ski, along with able-bodied members of the teams.

"People assume (those with spinal cord injuries) can't do a lot of things and this shows they can," Larson noted. …