Rehab hospital will host adaptive sports health fair

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The San Juan Regional Rehabilitation Hospital will host a health fair Saturday to raise awareness about how adaptive sports can benefit people with physical disabilities.

"The health fair is part of raising awareness for Rehabilitation Week," said Roberta Roberts, spokeswoman for San Juan Regional Medical Center. "We're having activities all throughout the week to raise awareness for rehabilitation services, and Saturday is the health fair."

National Rehabilitation Celebration Week, which runs through Saturday, aims to educate people about rehab and the abilities of people with disabilities.

Brett Maul, the director of operations for the Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico, will be at the health fair to provide information on what sports and activities are available for the physically disabled.

Maul will also bring equipment for adaptive skiing and kayaking to show how disabled individuals use the equipment.

Shelly Unser, the president of the Cody Unser First Step Foundation, will also attend the fair to share information on how paraplegics can use scuba diving as therapy. Unser — the wife of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. — is the mother of Cody Unser, who was paralyzed at age 12 after being diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord.

After seeing how scuba diving helped Cody after her paralysis, Unser and the First Step Foundation began working with disabled veterans to provide scuba diving as a therapeutic practice.

The health fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the rehabilitation hospital, 525 S. Schwartz Ave. in Farmington.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.