Trying to walk a mile in his shoes

On Oct. 17, 2007, disbelief struck the small town of Paducah, Ky.  Josh Heine, the 18-year-old recent graduate of Paducah High School, was seen speeding in his uncle’s stolen Porsche, going in excess of 100 mph.  Suddenly, Heine lost control of the car, sending him off the road and directly into a tree. The force of the collision expelled Heine, who was not wearing his seatbelt, out of the car.

Physical TherapyBy the time paramedics arrived, they believed Heine was not going to make it to the hospital.  He stayed with the paramedics and fought his way to the hospital.  Once there, the doctors immediately began the process of getting him air-lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee; this was halted when they were not able to get him stable enough to be lifted to another hospital.  At this point, doctors already knew of at least 12 broken bones.

Heine had no feeling below his neck, prompting the use of an X-ray.  The results were disturbing; Heine had fractured his C4, C5, and C6 vertebrates, and doctors said he would never walk again.  After undergoing a series of surgeries to help with shattered bones in his arm, Heine was then found to have a broken pelvis and began the use of a catheter. Continue reading

Pacman is out of power-ups

Adam “Pacman” Jones is expected to return to the field this Sunday, Dec. 7, as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Jones, who was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the League’s Conduct Policy after getting into a fight with his appointed security guard, was also suspended an extra two games by Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones.As the player who led the Cowboys in passes defended this season, Jones (Adam) will be an important addition to the team as they look to make their drive to the playoffs.

Although it will be beneficial for the Cowboys to have him back, Jones is well aware of the precarious situation that he finds himself in as a result of his actions.  While this has been the most recent of Jones’ off-field mishaps, he has an ever growing list and police record that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, took into account as he handed down the suspension.  Continue reading

Best (Buddies) Thanksgiving ever!

 WATERTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Suffolk University chapter of Best Buddies held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Watertown, Mass. It was an overcast autumn day, but the gloomy weather didn’t stop anyone from having a terrific Thanksgiving celebration.Best BuddiesKayla Shepherd, a Best Buddies officer, said, “This is my favorite (Best Buddies) event, the buddies have an absolute blast and everyone gets to enjoy a great meal.”

Buddies from both Watertown and Malden showed up to the event which was comprised of roughly 30 people. This event has been a huge success for Best Buddies in the past and once again lived up to its name. Continue reading