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Quadriplegic surfer, barney miller, raises awareness and funds for spinal cord injury

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  • Quadriplegic surfer, barney miller, raises awareness and funds for spinal cord injury

    Barney Miller was an up-and-coming Aussie surfer with a lot of potential. Miller's path to the professionals, however, came to a standstill when he was paralyzed in a high-speed car accident in 1999. The accident broke his spinal cord at the C5-6 disc with damage to the C3. He was told he'd be on a ventilator for the rest of his life, never move his right arm and never walk again. Miller wasn't willing to settle with the prognosis, and instead set out to do something about his condition and prove the doctors wrong. In 2009, Miller found a rehabilitation program called Project Walk, based in Carlsbad, CA. The kinesiology program based on repetitive exercise was what he needed to start seeing a marked progress in his recovery. Dedicated to training, he now spends half of the year in Australia and half in Carlsbad. In July of 2007 Miller met the love of his life, Kate Southwell, an Australian singer/songwriter known to her fans as Kada. With romantic tradition as a motivator, Miller told her that he wouldn't propose until he could get down on one knee. The training and perseverance paid off, and the couple celebrated a beautiful, traditional on bended-knee proposal in September 2012. The next milestone goal Miller has set to accomplish is to have a standing first dance with his beautiful bride at their wedding on April 18, 2015. Miller is currently filming a documentary with Trinity Films about his life called "No Means Go," titled for his personal motto.

    2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

    "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

    .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

  • #2
    He is a cool dude from Australia, I met him in California
    C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09


    • #3
      He has quite a following.

      The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
      --General George Patton

      Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
      ––Paul Nussbaum