Extraordinary People: Rochester Spinal Association

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - One local organization is just getting started in changing the lives of so many in our area. They got the kick start thanks to someone who knew he needed to give back. 

"You know you see people in chairs or you see people struggling and you just take it for granted," said John Casey, Chairman of the Board, Rochester Spinal Association. "It's changed my whole perspective on things."

For four years, Casey has been adjusting to life as a paraplegic after he was hit while riding his motorcycle. 

"There's not a lot out there and there are literally thousands of us in the community," said Casey. "But as you learn, one of the difficulties of a spinal injury is just getting through the activities of daily living."

He did find the National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Rochester chapter.

"I started getting involved with them and I learned that they weren't doing an awful lot because they were living on a mere $1,000 per year budget," said Casey.

Casey and the board got to work. Re-branded the Rochester Spinal Association (RSA), they spent all of 2016 raising awareness, and raising money to give grants to those with spinal injuries.

"We've bought people air mattresses, ramps, we've helped buy wheelchairs," said Casey.

Craig Lending, who had a staph infection in his spine just four months ago, was one person that has benefited from the RSA.

"It's sort of out of the blue and it's hard, ups and downs, lots of depression around it, lots of anxiety, which I'm still trying to wrap my head around," said Lending. 

RSA is helping Lending buy a lighter wheelchair so he can get back to work. 

"I'd really like to thank John for all the stuff he's done," said Lending. "I think it really does make it a lot easier for people to go ahead and wrap their head around it and wrap their head around the issues that are involved, things you just don't think about."

Casey says he's just glad RSA can help make a difference.

The RSA has two upcoming fundraisers, a golf tournament in August and a variety show in October. That way they can continue to provide more of those life changing grants. 

To learn more about the RSA, and to see how you can help, visit: 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Adam Interviews
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Buffalo Kickoff Live!
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Extraordinary People
  • Ask The Experts
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Games and Puzzles

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center