JACKSON, Miss.—Sometimes, you have to learn to help others, before you can learn to help yourself. That’s what brain-injured patients in Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Quest program are learning to do.

Whether it’s mopping the floors at the Ronald McDonald House, passing out food at Community Stewpot or painting the walls at a children’s day care, Quest patients are finding out that community service is an important step on the road to recovery.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center and Goodwill Industries are searching Mississippi and nearby states for disabled artists interested in entering the 14th annual Goodwill Art Show being held at the Jackson hospital.

Methodist Rehab will be collecting artwork by disabled artists until Friday, April 12. The art will hang in the hospital’s halls and be judged May 13. The overall winner receives a $1,000 award. Disabled students will receive awards from a $250 purse and local disabled artists will serve as judges.


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MOBILE, Ala.—Wiley Clark, a three-time paralympian wheelchair racer from Moss Point, has been honored by the promoters of one of the southeast’s largest road races for years of excellence.

Bill Cowart, organizer of the wheelchair division of the Azalea Trail Run in Mobile, Ala., presented Clark with a glass trophy for having the most wins in the 15-year history of the Azalea wheelchair race. The presentation was part of the celebration for the 25th running of the race.


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JACKSON, Miss.—They work in ways that aren’t always obvious. Whether they’re helping a first-grader master handwriting, a senior citizen cope with arthritis or preparing a workstation to prevent serious injury, occupational therapists help people of all ages.

The American Occupational Therapy Association recognizes April as National Occupational Therapy Month.


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PEARL, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center gave away more than 100 bicycle helmets Thursday afternoon as part of the first-ever “Think First Thursdays.”

The program is a partnership between the Jackson hospital, Rankin County Safe Communities and McDonald’s restaurants in Pearl to promote safety and injury prevention throughout Rankin County.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Over the past year more than 12,000 Mississippi school children have heard Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s injury prevention message.

That number grew when Think First, the Jackson hospital’s statewide safety and injury prevention program, was presented for the 50th time in the hospital’s two-story Atrium Mall on April 2. Fifty students from Spann Elementary School in Jackson were joined by firefighters, paramedics, police officers, physicians and Mississippi educators as the Think First team presented a program focusing on bike helmet and seat belt use.


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JACKSON, Miss.—In the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage, Methodist Rehabilitation Center is using an innovative approach to recruit nurses—they’re bringing them in by the bus load for a comprehensive, day-long tour of the facility and giving them an opportunity to experience a day in the life of the hospital.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Shirlene Allen, the nurse manager in the stroke program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center was named clinical employee of the year at the Jackson hospital’s recent recognition banquet.

Cynthia Kelly, who handles accounts payable, was named support services employee of the year.

Allen, of Jackson, attended the banquet as one of four finalists. Hearing her name called was an exciting moment, she said. “It is a great honor. There are a lot of deserving people who have won this award in the past and I feel that I’m in very good company,” Allen added.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Your whole world can change in the blink of an eye.

Last December Sarah Gannon was dancing the night away at her college formal in Memphis. Moments later, she was being rushed to an emergency room.

The Mississippi College senior doesn’t remember much about the wreck that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Authorities say part of a tree broke through the windshield of her date’s car and struck her head.


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JACKSON, Miss.—When Josh Sharpe watches the Paralympic Winter Games on TV, he knows how the athletes feel.

Paralyzed in a car accident in 1994, the 26-year-old Jackson paraplegic just returned from snow skiing in Lake Tahoe. Whether it’s blazing down a slope on specialized skis or racing against other competitors with disabilities on his handcycle, Sharpe has never let his injury disable his spirit.

For Sharpe, competition is about more than winning, it’s about overcoming great odds and achieving personal goals.


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