When Bert Burns was in his 20s, his life changed forever the night a drunk driver struck his vehicle. The force of the impact threw Bert from the car. He broke his neck at C6 and C7, and learned he would have to face life as a quadriplegic.
Bert spent the next six months in rehab, convinced his life was over. His life changed, but it didn’t end. In fact, it was just beginning.
Entreprenuer, Clinician, Paralympian, Father of Twins
Bert Burns had no idea that all of these roles awaited him after his spinal cord injury. His path to success started with just one person, a recreation therapist at Bert’s rehab hospital who approached him to talk about wheelchair sports. Bert initially showed little interest, but the therapist wouldn’t give up. Bert decided to give it a try, never knowing the dramatic, positive impact that wheelchair sports would have on his life.
Years later, Bert founded UroMed, Inc., a urological supply company that he hoped would make a difference to people with disabilities. He met his wife, Joy, in 1995. “Having Joy and our twins, William and Emma, makes me the luckiest guy in the world,” he says. “I truly have an amazing life.”
LASCI: Motivational Events At Facilities Nationwide
Burns’ desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities also led him to create a free motivational program for peer support and rehabilitation groups called Life After Spinal Cord Injury. LASCI is sponsored by UroMed and has more than 18,000 members worldwide.
Through LASCI, Bert devotes considerable time as a motivational speaker for children with disabilities, rehabilitation programs, medical education seminars and other community events. Bert explains his reason for reaching out is, “I hope to convince patients in wheelchairs that they can still do all the things they want to do and more. They will just have to do them differently.”
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