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JACKSON, Miss.—Sandra Walker, director of volunteer services at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, has been named the Mississippi representative to the board of directors of the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Service in Hospital Organizations (SDVSHO).

SDVSHO selects one person from each southeastern state to be on its board of directors each year.

JACKSON, Miss.—Dr. Mark Sherer, a neuropsychologist and director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named a fellow by the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Sherer, a board-certified neuropsychologist and clinical associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, conducts research and assists with the development of inpatient and outpatient brain injury programs at Methodist Rehab.

JACKSON, Miss.—Brad McFadden, 23, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in 1993, will speak to 15 fourth and fifth graders on Friday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the conference center at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. McFadden, who is a quadriplegic and a University of Arizona sophomore, will talk about diving safety and the many sports, including quad rugby and tennis, he plays.

JACKSON, Miss.—After nearly 26 years of treating and helping the physically disabled, Dr. Jack Aldridge is leaving Methodist Rehabilitation Center to fight his own fight—a battle with multiple sclerosis.

Friends, colleagues, former patients and staff honored him at a hospital reception for his lifelong commitment. Two of those guests brought a very special person to the party. Eliska Lee Brown, who recently celebrated her second birthday, is the child of spinal cord-injured Joey Brown and his wife, Rosemary. She is also Dr. Aldridge’s godchild.

CLINTON, Miss.—Erin Pryor, a physical therapist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, and Fair, a golden retriever, will show 120 day-campers at the Clinton YMCA how they work with spinal cord and brain-injured patients at the Jackson Hospital.

Their presentation, set for Monday, July 16, at 1 p.m., is part of Think First, an MRC-sponsored injury prevention program aimed at young children and teenagers that tries to prevent spinal cord, brain and other traumatic injuries by focusing on bicycle, automobile, firearm, boat, swimming and diving safety.

JACKSON, Miss.—A dedication ceremony in Jackson marked the opening of the state’s first apartment complex designed for the physically disabled and built with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Mississippi Methodist Accessible Housing, Inc. (MMAH), a not-for-profit corporation formed by Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC) to increase housing options for the physically disabled in Mississippi, worked to secure a section 811 program grant from HUD to build the complex.

JACKSON, Miss.—Methodist Rehabilitation Center honored one of its most loved and valuable staff members with a birthday and anniversary party.

Fair, a golden retriever who is turning four, is celebrating two years of working with spinal cord and brain-injured patients at the Jackson hospital. He was trained by Canine Companions for Independence of Santa Rosa, Calif., to work with patients who have disabilities or limitations. He is one of only five facility dogs working in the organization’s eight-state Southeast region and the only one in Mississippi.

JACKSON, Miss.—Tom Burnley, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a workplace accident, will speak to children at the Jackson Public Schools Environmental Learning Center at 6190 Highway 18 in Jackson on Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

RIDGELAND, Miss.—When Hattiesburg’s Carlos Ladner rolled across the finish line in Saturday’s Heatwave Triathlon, it marked the first time one of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s disabled triathlon teams had completed the Ridgeland event.

Ladner, 21, raced a wheelchair over the event’s final 6.2 mile segment in 42:19 to give his team an overall time of 2:52:10. Before Heatwave, Ladner finished second overall in the prestigious Gum Tree 10K race held in May in Tupelo.

JACKSON, Miss.—Lynn Goff’s back pain was so severe he couldn't walk 15 feet without his legs going numb. But a procedure being performed at Methodist Rehabilitation Center has helped Goff, 35, of Clinton, go back to work and countless others like him do battle with back pain.

It’s called transforaminal epidural steroid injection and works for about 80 percent of patients, said Dr. Jeff Summers, MRC pain management specialist.