JACKSON, Miss.—For eight years, Josh Sharpe has been proving people wrong about athletes and disabilities.

The 27 year-old Jackson resident hasn’t slowed down since becoming paralyzed from the waist down in a 1994 car accident. If anything, he’s picked up the pace.

After his accident, Sharpe decided he wanted to encourage other people with disabilities, but he also wanted to get out and enjoy the rest of the life that he nearly lost. While undergoing therapy at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, he met Ginny Boydston, the director of therapeutic recreation.


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FLOWOOD, Miss.—After spending years traveling the country to compete in tennis tournaments, Johnnie McGinn and Mike Blackburn won’t have to go very far to compete this weekend.

Starting early Friday morning, the state’s only tennis tournament for the disabled kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club off of Lakeland Drive in Flowood.


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JACKSON—Physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center are encouraging Mississippians to limit their exposure to heat, especially during the summer months.

“Exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous and potentially life threatening”, said Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehab. “There are several heat-related illnesses that can occur, such as sunburn, cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s canine companion, Fair, and Sammy Safety, the hospital’s injury prevention mascot will remind day campers at the Southwest YMCA to always think first about summer safety on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m.

The Think First event is part of Methodist Rehab’s summer safety campaign.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Even in retirement, Ken Slaugther is finding ways to reach out to young people. When the former schoolteacher and principal retired, he said he felt a need to stay involved with young people in his community. Each week, the Jackson resident volunteers his time to help patients at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.


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RIDGELAND, Miss.—The Independence, a 69,000 cubic foot competition balloon sponsored by Methodist Rehabilitation Center, will participate in the Canton Balloon Festival over the weekend and in the 13th annual Celebrate America Balloon Glow balloon glow on July 4 at 6 p.m. at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Enjoying the summer with family and friends should be fun and relaxing, but a Methodist Rehabilitation Center physician urges travelers to be safe, especially during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Dr. Rahul Vohra, Methodist Rehab’s medical director, encourages families traveling this summer to use appropriate car seats and seat belts for children and to always buckle up.


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JACKSON, Miss.—When Dan and Sheila Fulton arrived at Methodist Rehabilitation Center to be with their 17 year-old son, they never wanted to leave his room.

In March, while competing in a rodeo in Louisville, Bradley Fulton was kicked in the head by a horse and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Since then he has been a patient in the brain injury program at the Jackson hospital.

But during the long days and nights at Methodist Rehab, the Fultons have been able to find the comforts of home without having to make the 90-mile trip back to their home in Louisville.


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JACKSON, Miss.—In response to record blood shortages and a statewide appeal from the governor, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is holding a blood drive Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jackson hospital’s second floor conference center.

Methodist Rehab and University of Mississippi Medical Center employees are encouraged to participate in the drive which is also open to the public. All types of blood are currently in demand, say Mississippi Blood Services officials.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Celebrating the fourth of July should be fun and exciting, but Methodist Rehabilitation Center urges people to remember that incorrect use of fireworks can turn a joyful birthday celebration into a dangerous event.

Dr. David Collipp, medical director of the rehab surgery program at Methodist Rehab, encourages children and adults to use extreme caution when handling fireworks and says children are most likely to be involved in fireworks-related injuries.


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