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Soul of the Game: Dave Kiley presents 'DK3' 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball

May 31, 2018 10:25:01 AM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball, 3on3, dave kiley

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The 15th Annual Dallas DK 3-on-3 is right around the corner. On June 2-3rd, 2018 over 50 athletes are traveling to Dallas, Texas for 2 days of high-level basketball. I thought it might be time to explain the event and how it came to be as DK 3-on-3 and the brand 'DK3.'

15 years ago, my great friend Michael 'Shorty' Powers and his organization Turning Point, asked me to run a basketball event "to be held within the structure of their flagship event, Turning Points, Texas ‘Extravaganza’ (a multi-activity sport participation event)." Some big names we know today were part of the first event: Paul Schulte, Pat Anderson, and Willie Hernandez to name a few. This was the birth place of this annual 3-on-3 event. Thanks Shorty for your vision!

"Shorty" Michael Lewis Powers passed away on June 19th, 2016.  You can read Dave Kiley's tribute to "Shorty" here.

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It's Time to Talk about Spina Bifida (and feel comfortable about it) 

Mar 5, 2018 1:53:28 PM / by Tahajnah Spence

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When teenagers at a youth camp were asked what they would like to learn about in a survey conducted by ABC Medical, 70% responded, "being able to talk about my disability without feeling uncomfortable and answering questions."

While Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, a strikingly low number of people know about what it entails and/or comfortable talking about it with others.

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Story of an Young Man with Spinal Cord Injury Finding True Love and Strength in Life

Nov 29, 2017 4:34:39 PM / by Işıl Tanyeri posted in scholarship stories, spinal cord injury, love, relationships, family, education

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ATTENTION: Tearjerker Alert!

Here is a truly special story for you, ABC Nation. It brought tears to our eyes when we realized what was happening. 

About 2 years since we published a young gentleman's story after he won the ABC Medical scholarship, we received the letter below from Paula, his mom earlier this week: 

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My Spina Bifida Story: Story of a Caring Teacher

Nov 16, 2017 4:01:07 PM / by Ryan Krygier posted in spina bifida, sled hockey, independent living

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My name is Ryan Krygier and I have spina bifida. Today, I would like to tell you My Spina Bifida Story. I was born 39 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I still live most of the year. I work as a teacher’s aide at the Sacred Heart Academy. I really enjoy watching adaptive sports, especially sled hockey. I am a huge supporter of the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, our local sled hockey team. I attend every home game and sometimes travel with the team to show my support at other tournaments.

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ABC Medical for ZERO Prostate Cancer

Nov 3, 2017 8:48:24 PM / by Işıl Tanyeri posted in prostate cancer, cancer survivor, community support

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Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. In fact, every 20 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer.

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Why Does a DME Supplier Strive to Be the Number 1 Supporter of Adaptive Sports?

Oct 30, 2017 2:51:07 PM / by Işıl Tanyeri posted in adaptive sports, medical supplies, durable medical equipment, corporate social responsibility

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ABC Medical, a national provider of medical supplies, redefined their mission and purpose since CEO Keith Jones and a group of seasoned healthcare professionals acquired the company in 2012. “Companies like us typically focus on volume and margins as well as manage through the difficult world of reimbursement. While all of those things are critical for a successful business, to us, it is quite frankly boring, uninspiring, and certainly not a mission to be proud of. After attending a few adaptive sports events with my son, and meeting some of our customers fiercely competing on the basketball court, our mission became obvious – To Do Well by Doing Good“ says ABC Medical’s Keith Jones.

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Rebounding in Life After Accident and Learning to Adapt.Believe.Compete.

Aug 25, 2017 3:24:51 PM / by Işıl Tanyeri posted in customer stories

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My name is Jonathan Alex Villarreal.

I turned 36 on July 19th.  Today is August 24th, 2017. I writing to share my story with you to reflect back on the past 10 years of my life since my tragic accident when I almost didn't survive.

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A SoCal Sojourn

Aug 14, 2017 3:15:24 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive surfing, adaptive resources, adaptive sports

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It's zero dark thirtyMy wife and I are awake, getting ready for a 6 AM flight into Orange County, CA. It hurts at first, but we know a vacation to my roots, where I grew up and where we both lived for many years was going to be worth it. Our plane leaves in the dark and then we see an unbelievable sunrise
from our seats which sets the tone for what was to come.

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History in the Making: A Gold Medal and an ESPY Award for Wheelchair Basketball

Jul 30, 2017 12:24:35 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball, team usa, us paralympic team, paralympics

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There are a few benchmarks that occur in our lives that are significant or monumental. They can sometimes break our hearts or bring us to our knees. There are always those times though that one will remember for a lifetime for the good it has done, not just for the individual, but more importantly for the masses it effects. In this blog, I will attempt to capture such an occurrence.

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"The Healing Begins Today" by Randy Oates

Jun 23, 2017 5:54:31 PM / by Randy Oates posted in customer stories, adaptive sports, life with paralysis

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ABC Medical is working on a new book that features chapters submitted by ABC Medical Customers. The purpose of "The Stories of Adapt.Believe.Compete." is to give an avenue for our amazing customers to share their stories, inspire others and build awareness to live with paralysis. To submit a chapter, please click here.

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