Placerville’s Hangtown Cranker Classic seeking riders, equipment and volunteers

Every year, the Placerville Mobility Support Group hosts Hangtown Cranker Classic, a handcycle and bicycle ride for the disabled and able-bodied persons. The event is typically hosted in late June but event organizers have decided to move the event to October this year due to the persistent warm weather that area experiences during June.

The change in the date, however, has had an effect on the group’s ability to secure volunteer staffing and equipment and this is where they are putting out a call for help. If you are in a position to assist or provide handcycling gear and equipment, please contact Lynn Murray at (530) 295-7620 (cell) or (530) 295-3842 (home), or by e-mail at

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CNET Magazine features San Lorenzo support group founder

We recently featured Arthur Renowitzky who launched the Life Goes On Foundation’s Support Group in San Lorenzo and we just learned that Art was featured in CNET Magazine in an article highlighting his use of the Exoskeleton suit.

You can read the article here:

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Dating Advice for People With Physical Disabilities

We couldn’t help but notice a tweet from the Reeve Foundation on this topic. It’s pretty much on every SCI survivor’s mind but doesn’t get talked about much. The tweet introduced us to Jessica Grono. While she does not have SCI (is a cerebral palsy and breast cancer survivor, teacher and mother), her article truly applies to people of all disabilities and we thought you might enjoy reading it.

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Reeve Foundation offers peer mentoring program

Among the many challenges a new SCI survivor often faces is the lack of individuals they can speak with who have been in their shoes and experienced what life with a spinal cord injury is all about. This applies especially to those individuals who live away from population centers and do not have much access or exposure to support groups in their area.

Enter the Reeve Foundation’s Peer & Family Support Group program. They offer free peer mentoring to people living with paralysis, their family members, and caregivers. Whether you are newly paralyzed, have been living with paralysis for years, or are a family member or caregiver, their peer mentors will provide answers and support, share what they have learned, and help you overcome challenges.

They work to match you with the right person by considering age, gender, cause of paralysis, level of injury, ethnicity, veteran status, interests, and where you live. The mentors have been fully vetted and trained by the Foundation and the program is completely free for users.

To learn more about this program, please check out their site.

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Local girl featured in New Mobility’s column on Great American Getaways

The name Ashley Lyn Olson is synonymous in the SCI community with world traveling. Ashley is founder of, a web site she created in 2006.  Ashley suffered a spinal cord injury in 1998 at the age of 14 in a solo motor vehicle accident.  Her injury is at the T-12/L-1 level and she is wheelchair-bound but that has not stopped her from traveling all across the world.

Ashley Lyn Olson and Steven Sanchez

New Mobility magazine’s April edition featured a lengthy column on several accessible Great American Getaways and Ashley was featured in two articles about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as well as Santa Cruz.

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