You bet you can!
What do you do? You get up during the night
to use the bathroom and trip over some exercise
equipment and you can't get up. It's morning
before your roommates find you. When you get
to the hospital, you can still move your arms.
When you leave the hospital three months later,
you can't breathe without a ventilator and your
heart is kept beating by a pacemaker. What do
you do? You go bowling, of course.
Bowlers In A New League
As a youngster, Michael Pizzurro participated
in a variety of sports, from soccer to karate
to playing in a bowling league. But as Charcot-Marie-Tooth
disease slowly stole his athletic abilities,
Pizzurro, now 21, figured he was “out
of the game” for good.
strike deal to help disabled bowlers
Before an accident lefr
him paralyzed from the neck down, Bill Miller
was an active collegestudent. The Leesburg,Fla.,
resident, now 27, loved to work out and play
racquetball. At the University of Florida, intramural
flag football was his sport of choice. But just
as he was about to srart his senior year, a
dorm room fall dislocated two vertebrae and
bruised his spinal cord. Afrer the 1997 accident,
recreation took a backseat to more fundamental
challenges as he began the arduous process of
relearning to talk, eat, and breathe without
the aid of a ventilator.
August in the college town of Gainesville, Florida,
is ~ a time when you find the few and the hard-core
stillhanging around off-campus, waiting for
another semesterto begin and more friends to
return. For Bill Millerand his roommates, Rob
Harrison and Ernie Barnett, it was a carefree
time, filled with workouts, cookouts, girls,
sports, beer, and take-out.
Bowling Device for All Persons and All Wheelchairs
Former President Bush’s “Thousand
Points of Light” program inspired retired
engineer Claude Giguere to volunteer. Several
years and many community-bettering efforts later,
Giguere wound up volunteering in Judge Donna
Miller’s courtroom. It was there that
he would see a picture of a young man in a wheelchair.
& Bowling To Success
He may be a quadriplegic who is confined to
a wheelchair and depends on a ventilator to
breathe, but 26-year-old Leesburg resident Bill
Miller lives his life to the fullest. In fact,
the 1994 Leesburg High School graduate went
bowling on April 26 at Spanish Springs Lanes
in The Villages.
Bowl Over Children
Five years ago this week, Wendell Howell was
hit head-on by a drunk driver. On July 4, 2000,
Jennifer Harman performed a beautifully executed
dive into water 3 feet deep.
Today, Howell and Harman, both
quadriplegics, are on the bowling team - the