Life After SCI: Two portraits of success to speak at Feb. 20 SCI Connections meeting

We know, it’s not easy picking up the pieces following a life-altering experience such as a spinal cord injury … but it’s also not impossible. With that in mind, this month’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center SCI Connections meeting on Wed., Feb. 20th will focus on two lives that were shattered, but not broken, in what promises to be an inspiring and motivating evening.

On the left, Dr Matthew Wetscheler while in rehab and Tom Chun on the right in North Korea.

On the left, Dr Matthew Wetscheler while in rehab and Tom Chun on the right in North Korea.

The guests are Tom Chun and Dr. Matthew Wetschler who will share their inspiring stories of returning to doing the things they had a passion for following their injury.

At the age of 22, Tom had a motorcycle accident, leaving him a T-5 complete SCI. Tom made it his goal to travel around the world and has now been to over 50 countries and to all 50 States and he will share a number of pictures from his most memorable experiences. Matthew, a Stanford-trained physician, former professional athlete, and visual artist suffered a cervical injury in a surfing accident which had initially left him with no pulse as he floated helplessly in the water. Not only has he regained the ability to walk but he has also continued pursuing his passion of creating art which he will be showcasing that evening.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Valley Specialty Center, basement conference room, 751 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose. SCI Connections welcomes families and friends and, as always, dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Robert Medel at (408) 885.2397 or by e-mail at vmcpeersupport@scvmcrehab.org