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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 12, 2006 / 12 Elul, 5766

A day in the life explains his award

By Mitch Albom


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Next time you think you're having a bad day, consider this story.


Mo Gerhardt is in a wheelchair. He considers himself lucky. Lucky, because with his particular lot in life — Duchenne's disease, a form of muscular dystrophy — doctors predicted he wouldn't live beyond his teens.


Mo is 28. He lives every moment. He is upbeat and funny and a fighter. He insists on his own job and apartment and driving a specially equipped van. He is a sports nut. When he could walk, he played baseball like a demon. Later he took up hockey — wheelchair hockey.


He got pretty good. So good that he made some all-star teams. And last month, one of those teams, the Michigan Mustangs, flew to Calgary, Alberta, to play in an international championship. A bunch of men, in their wheelchairs, traveling 2,000 miles to compete. Pretty inspiring stuff, right?


Just wait.

A TRAVEL NIGHTMARE
First the team had to drive to London, Ontario, to fly budget airline WestJet. Upon arrival in Calgary, the guys made their way — with all their equipment — to the bus area.


"The first bus that came to pick us up," Gerhardt says, "the wheelchair lift malfunctioned. So they sent for another one. An hour later we got a phone call saying the second bus had gotten a flat and couldn't make it."


Four hours after landing, Gerhardt says, they finally boarded a specially equipped school bus. Gerhardt sat near the front. He and his teammates put on seatbelts but noticed there weren't any shoulder straps. "We asked and they said they're not required in Canada."


At one point during the ride, Gerhardt says, he thought the driver took her eye off the wheel, searching for something. "I looked up to see a car a few feet in front of us. I remember looking for something to grab onto . . . ."


The bus smashed into the car. Gerhardt, with no shoulder strap, was heaved forward. "I heard two pops. It sounded like my back. I thought, 'Oh, crap, I've just been paralyzed.'"


The car was totaled. The team was screaming, "Is everyone all right?" Gerhardt, bent in half, tried to wiggle his toes. Then he moved and felt a shooting pain in his hips.


"I'm not all right," he said.


Both of his hips were fractured. He found that out later. At the emergency room in the Calgary hospital, the doctors, Gerhardt says, told him only one hip was cracked and that it would "heal on its own." He was discharged.


Meanwhile, the rest of the wheelchair athletes — thankfully, unhurt — had to play their first game less than 24 hours after the accident. They performed badly. Their minds weren't right. They finished sixth in the tournament. "We were toast," Gerhardt says. And all he could do was watch.


For five days, the pain was so bad, Gerhardt couldn't be lifted, so he had to sleep in his wheelchair. He was sponge bathed. The doctors wanted him flown home in a specially equipped air ambulance, but, he says, "the bus company's insurance company denied everything and wouldn't pay for it." So they flew commercial. His father had to lift him at the plane door and carry him in a bear hug — all 170 pounds — to put him in a seat. The pain, Gerhardt says, was excruciating.

THE BEST NEWS OF ALL
Once home in Michigan, the double fracture was diagnosed, and Gerhardt was operated on. Two titanium rods were put in his legs, along with screws and plates. He's on constant pain medication. Yet when we spoke last week, he was at his job, at Michigan State, where he trains tutors to help students in need.


Tonight (9/3), the annual Jerry Lewis telethon will begin. And at some point, the Muscular Dystrophy Association will announce the winner of its National Personal Achievement Award. One winner from the whole country. Guess who it is?


A guy who won't let anything — not even two cracked hips in a bus crash en route to a hockey tournament — get him down.


They told him once he'd be dead by now. "But I plan on being around a lot longer," Mo Gerhardt says.


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