In a chair and on the go
Outside of his full-time job, Dale Neely has many activities. He could be rebuilding a truck, doing a garden project, or lifting weights with the equipment he designed and put together. As impressive as this sounds, it’s even more so when you consider that Dale is in a wheelchair.
While Dale should be credited for his initiative, he thanks the therapists and other professionals at the Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon for setting him on the right path. “Without them pushing me and adapting their practice to meet my needs, I would not be as far as I am today, no way."
Dale has traveled down quite a road. In August 2008 he crashed while racing motocross, suffering a spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair. He had other injuries, and there were complications, many of them. “If they said a side effect could happen, it did,” says Dale, who had six surgeries and went through RIO three times.
He says that in his about 18 months coming in and out of Legacy RIO, he learned many of the techniques he would need to be independent. He also got through many of the serious issues. "Everything has mellowed out," says Dale, an electrician by trade. "I am set up with really great doctors and feel good."