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NYers of the Week: Alex Elegudin, Yannick Benjamin Help the Disabled Speed Ahead

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NYers of the Week: Alex Elegudin, Yannick Benjamin Help the Disabled Speed Ahead
Whether it's skydiving, water skiing, or boxing, Alex Elegudin and Yannick Benjamin help New Yorkers with disabilities put their lives back in motion.Read More

Leading Somms Pour Into City Winery For Wine On Wheels

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Leading Somms Pour Into City Winery For Wine On Wheels
It’s May again — which, for New York’s wine community, means only one thing: Wine on Wheels. Now in its fourth year, the event will return this Saturday, May 2, to its home at City Winery. It’s a see-and-be-seen event — one that Eric Hastings, wine director at Jean-Georges, “look[s]…Read More

Back to School with a Disability

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Back to School with a Disability
In October 2003, I sustained a C5­C6 spinal cord injury stemming from a car accident caused by deer running onto the roadway. It occurred while some friends and I were on our way from New York back to Pittsburgh where I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University. After the…Read More

Check Out Wheeling Forward and the Axis Project

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Check Out Wheeling Forward and the Axis Project
Wheeling Forward has teamed up with Wheels of Progress to create the Axis Project, an incredible initiative that promotes healthy living and community in Manhattan. I was shown around their gym space, and their physical therapist gave me a run down of the ways they adapt exercises to meet the…Read More

Sommelier Yannick Benjamin Works the Floor on Wheels

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Sommelier Yannick Benjamin Works the Floor on Wheels
On October 27, 2003, Benjamin had a car accident on the West Side Highway that left him a T-6 paraplegic for life. He wasn't drinking, he didn't break any laws, nobody else was injured. Benjamin instantly knew something was wrong: "I felt a pulling in my body, the way a…Read More

NYC nonprofit helps with practical needs

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NYC nonprofit helps with practical needs
In Bronx, NYC, an awesome non-profit was founded 2 years ago, Wheeling Forward, and it’s all about bringing real world help to people with spinal cord injuries. Wheelchair donations, legal help, urban outings, scholarships; they give what’s really needed.Read More

Powering Forward

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Powering Forward
Much has been said about the power of adversity (often by people who have suffered very little), but if it is true that the character of a man can be seen more clearly through a prism of hardship, then Yannick Benjamin's is impressive indeed.Read More

Yannick Benjamin, a wheelchair-bound Bronx man, sets sights on NYC Marathon

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Yannick Benjamin, a wheelchair-bound Bronx man, sets sights on NYC Marathon
Before a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, Yannick Benjamin worked in restaurants and studied the art of wine. After the crash, on the West Side Highway in October 2003, Benjamin not only continued working to become a master sommelier, but added more aspirations to his to-do…Read More

Spotlight on Alex Elegudin

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Spotlight on Alex Elegudin
After I incurred my spinal cord injury six years ago when I was 19, I thought I’d never be the same person again. I was correct in thinking that, but for totally different reasons than I imagined at that time. In October 2003, I sustained a C5-C6 spinal cord injury…Read More

Spotlight on Yannick Benjamin

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Spotlight on Yannick Benjamin
It feels just like yesterday when my mother came up to me one afternoon and told me that my cousin, Guy, in France was paralyzed. My first reaction, “Thank goodness he is still alive!” But the second thing that I said was, “How hard could it be to be in…Read More

Help Find a Cure -- In a Fun Way

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Help Find a Cure -- In a Fun Way
Around 3 a.m. on Oct. 30 last year, Alex Elegudin, 20, stopped for gas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh in his 1999 Acura after driving for 6-1/2 hours on the seven-hour, 400-mile trip from Manhattan Beach. Elegudin was driving back to Carnegie Mellon University, where…Read More
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