Center Helps Disabled Man Walk At Daughter’s Wedding

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Until three years ago, Jim Stamp’s regular workout did not include a contraption like this.

Jim Stamp says, “I wasn’t a weekend warrior particularly but I think I was a fairly active for a guy in his mid-60s.”

Then he woke up one morning unable to move

Jim Stamp says, “You had no idea what was going on or why it was happening, how long it was going to last and how temporary it was.”

Jim was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome a rare but serious autoimmune disorder that attacks healthy nerve cells.

The disorder did more than rob Jim of his ability to walk.

It threatened to take something else away as well.

Jim Stamp says, “My daughter was getting married the following summer. I wanted to be able to walk her down the aisle if possible — dance with her at her wedding.”

Casi Hudson says, “Jim wanted to do that so we started with baby steps.”

Casi Hudson is Jim’s physical therapist at Craig Hospital’s PEAK Wellness Center.

Casi Hudson says, “It’s really him and I working together, me cueing him, making sure he’s not slacking if you will.”

PEAK stands for Performance Exercise Attitude and Knowledge.

Here therapists like Casi help patients not only build upon their current physical abilities but create a lifelong plan for health and wellness.

Casi Hudson says, “I had a lady just the other day tell me for the first time she didn’t think about standing up and brushing her teeth, she just did it independently.”

Achieving those goals often means using equipment like the “alter g” an anti-gravity treadmill that allows patients to work on their walking or even running form while only supporting a fraction of their body weight.

Casi Hudson says, “Just so I can cue him and show him that his right foot isn’t advancing as far as his left.”

Jim no longer uses the wheelchair he was in the first day he came to the PEAK Center and soon he hopes to get rid of his crutch and cane too.

And as far as that original goal of walking his daughter down the aisle and dancing with her at her wedding, consider it mission accomplished.

Jim Stamp says, “Being able to dance with her, I don’t believe we left a dry eye in the house.”

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