My name is Travis Oldhouser,
I’m 34 years old, and I’m a C5-C6 complete quadriplegic. My accident
was 6 years ago on November 28, 2000. I was in a car accident on my way to work. I was immediately air lifted from the accident scene to University Maryland Shock
Trauma in Baltimore, Maryland.
I spent 10 days in their intensive care facility while they sustained me medically.
After the 10 days at this facility, I was transported via ambulance to Hershey
Medical Center where I remained
until February 21, 2001. During my stay in H.M.C., I had my cervical and thoracic
vertebrae fused from my C4-T2. Then I proceeded to go through the physical and
One year after my accident,
I was fortunate to go back into therapy to Magee Rehabilitation
Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. I say fortunate because one, hospital stays
are far too short now days because of insurance policies. Second, for a year
I had no idea what the potential for a C5-C6 quad was. While in Magee, I was
introduced to a variety of different levels of quads that were all living independent lifestyles. Armed with endless possibilities after leaving Magee, I returned home motivated and finally with a purpose
The very next day after returning
home from Magee, I picked up the phone and called all the gyms in the area that I knew would be wheelchair accessible. It only took one call then I found a gym and went the next day. I’ve been there ever since.
Since the 5 years
I’ve been training, I’ve gotten my license back, I have built an all accessible house, I have become a certified
personal trainer, and I have gotten back into sports, as well as started to travel.
I train able bodied clients, but I specialize in spinal cord injury clients.
I play quad rugby (murder ball), I hand cycle, swim, weight lift, and I’m looking to get into wheelchair racing
and then back into triathlons.
Since my injury, I’ve
flown on a plane several times, been on a cruise, been to Las Vegas, several overnights to the beach and I’ll be leaving
for Phoenix, Arizona in a few weeks. I also put hand controls a sports car I
All this is just the tip
of the iceberg, I have many more plans. It’s not what happens to you, it’s
what you do when it happens to you. Never, never, never, give up!