Char's spinal cord injury occurred in 2000 when she took a 65-foot jump on a snowboard and landed unexpectedly on her back, breaking her T-11 vertebrae and leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Over the next 16 years, Char ended up developing a severe scoliosis condition called a Charcot Spine due to an imbalance in her muscle structure. Her spine had disintegrated under the original fusion and she was forced back into the hospital in 2017 for a spinal reconstruction and pelvic fusion surgery. Despite the high odds of failure, the surgery turned out to be a great success and Char is back on her path of health and wellness. Since the recent surgery, Char has been utilizing a range of neurokinetic therapies to restore lost movement and regain function. She is achieving amazing results. After 17 years of paralysis, Char is able to ambulate with leg braces and a walker on her own.
Char is a professional graphic and web designer and in 2018 worked on a book design project containing techniques to facilitate neurological connection. She is active in the Northern California SCI community and has organized support groups, mentored the newly injured and coached others with injuries for over a decade. She is passionate about helping to build an active community to connect people effected by neurological disorders. She is also very passionate about food and nutrition and you will often find her sipping on a green smoothie of some kind. Char is dedicated to keeping her body healthy and moving, loves to cook and regularly attends pilates and crossfit classes. In her down time, she adventures outdoors, mostly in the mountains where you will probably catch her kayaking, biking, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, or wheeling. She also likes to draw and is a big fan of the arts.
“These bodies are just vehicles to express our inner selves. Some vehicles get a bit dented along the way but don’t let that stop you from showing who you truly are and all the greatness you have to offer!”