We are about two and a half weeks away from the Cooper River Bridge Run happening Saturday, April 2. Thousands of people will be crossing the bridge, but Marka Danielle will be taking on a whole new feat….on her feet!
Marka will be walking across the bridge using an Ottobock exoskeleton system. From straight-leg braces to the hinged-knee system, she has the ability to walk with a more normal gait.
Marka has always been determined to accomplish her goals and she hasn’t let adversities get in the way. While insurance companies will not help pay for the exoskeleton technology, she is proving the need and importance of this equipment for people with spinal cord injury.
In addition to advocating for these medical needs, Marka has a strong voice in the community to promote accessible parking and access to public venues. Last week, Marka and I performed a roll-through of Charleston’s newly-renovated Gaillard Center to evaluate wheelchair accessibility features of the building.
While the facility has made significant improvements, we were able to make some recommendations including the ease of opening doors and improving signage to accessible seating. We would like to thank the City of Charleston’s Americans with Disibilities Act (ADA) coordinator, the project manager and Gaillard Center contractors for their support.
Support Purple Legs Up
As Marka prepares for her journey to walk the bridge, you can follow the progress on her Facebook page: Purple Legs Cooper River Bridge Walk and share her success by using #purplelegsup on social media. The video below documents her journey as she prepares for this momentous event.
I always like to say that anything is possible when living with a disability. You just have to take it one roll, or in Marka’s case, one step at time!