Adam Lavender is recovering from a spinal cord injury having sustained a high cervical C4 anterior burst fracture in 2012. He was thirty-five years old at the time of injury, and was initially diagnosed as C5 Asia B tetraplegic. Adam is fused from C3 to T1.
Adam was formerly self-employed as a full-time custom woodworker, and part-time as a snowboard instructor with Aspen Skiing Company. As a dedicated and loving husband and father, and even with a family of five, he followed his athletic and passionate pursuit as a mountain bike racer. A mountain bike crash caused his paralysis.
Once an athlete, always an athlete. Adam has enjoyed and competed in many different sports since the age of five, and likens his recovery efforts since sustaining his spinal cord injury to “training for competition”. He cites his wife and kids as his primary motivation. He credits his family and community for being able to remain living at home with his family while pursuing his challenging road to recovery. He is grateful for having the opportunity to reintegrate into his small mountain town community.
Immediately after his spinal injury, and for two long years, Adam battled many life-threatening pressure wounds, infections, and pneumonia. It wasn’t until two and a half years post injury, that he began weekly physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions. Over time and with consistent dedication to his therapy regimen, Adam began to regain strength and some muscle innervation. In October of 2015 he commenced weekly therapy sessions with Able Bionics USA, a charitable program funded by Bridging Bionics Foundation. Since beginning therapy with Able Bionics USA, his health, strength and neuro-recovery have increased dramatically. Adam is now focused on continued strength building and regaining access to mountain sports and activities.
Adam looks forward to sharing his journey as an ambassador for Bridging Bionics Foundation, while divulging his challenges, his daily and weekly routine, his diet and various therapeutic modalities. He’ll convey the sheer grit that it takes to keep living a healthy existence. We will witness celebratory moments of incremental neurological changes alongside deflated emotions of slight set-backs, all-the-while hinting how neuro-recovery and a degree of functional restoration after spinal cord injury is not only possible but attainable.