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Alpine skier Katrina Schaber is one of the Paralympic Winter Games hopefuls who trains at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.
Carolina Schaber thought her family would never be able take a ski vacation together.
Carolina’s daughter Katrina has cerebral palsy and she had always found traditional ski lessons frustrating. Katrina would cry, fall often, struggle to keep up and ultimately lose motivation.
The first time Katrina took a lesson with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, though, everything changed.
“It was spring skiing, so it had rained a little and she was sopping wet,” her mother remembers. “I said, ‘Oh my God, she’s going to have a meltdown!’”
But this time, Katrina’s experience was different.
She reached the end of her run, came to a stop, and said, “Mom! I loved it… They finally got me.”
That was four years ago. » Read More
Montel Williams, DSES help a Wounded Warrior ski
Maggie Palchak, standing left, and TV talk show host Montel Williams, standing right, help Wounded Warrior Cedric King with monosking last May in Chile. King was wounded in Afganistan in July 2012.
One thing about working at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra: You never know what to expect when you answer the phone.
Case in point: last winter, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Paralympic Sport Program Coordinator Maggie Palchak answered what seemed like a typical call from a woman inquiring about getting a Wounded Warrior on skis.
Palchak, 51, a PSIA Level 3 Adaptive Certified Instructor, was used to such calls, but this one was a little more interesting than normal. After going through the standard list of initial questions, she was still curious about the woman’s relationship to the Wounded Warrior, Cedric King.
King, the woman said, was in the process of recovering from wounds at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
“She didn’t sound like his partner or therapist, and he wasn’t available to answer any questions,” Palchak said. At that point, she learned the woman was the Executive Assistant to Emmy Award-winning TV and radio host Montel Williams.
A veteran of more than 20 years’ service in the Marines and the Navy, Williams, 57, is also a health and wellness entrepreneur, and a major supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Williams, who has himself been learning to live with Multiple Sclerosis, has frequently visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed.
He recently met King on one of his visits, and the two struck up a friendship. Less than a year from a combat injury from an improvised bomb in Afghanistan, King, 36, was getting used to life with his new prosthetic legs, as well as damage to his ulnar nerve, which limited the use of his right hand and arm.
Williams has neuropathy in his feet and legs from his MS. He found snowboarding helps his mobility issues, and wanted to share the benefits of snowsports with his new friend. » Read More
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