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					Theodore DeReese Pendergrass

•   Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was born on March 26th, 1950 in
    Philadelphia, PA. He was raised by his mother, Ida Pendergrass and he
    was only 2 1/2 years old when he began singing in church. At age 6 he was
    chosen for the All city Elementary School Boy Choir. He was a student at
    the old Thomas Edison High School for Boys. However, he dropped out in
    the 11th grade to go into the music business. According to author Robert
    Ewell Greene, Teddy Pendergrass was ordained a minister as a youngster.
    Later he was to become a drummer for a band, and soon after lead singer.
    The church was his initiation into the music industry and eventual success.
                            Musical career
Pendergrass' career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs. This group
  later merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The Blue Notes had hits such
    as "I Miss You", "Bad Luck", "Wake Up Everybody", "The Two Million Seller", "If
  You Don't Know Me By Now", and many more. It wasn’t long before Pendergrass
    launched a solo career and released hit singles like "The More I Get the More I
 Want", "Close The Door" , "I Don't Love You Anymore", "Turn Off The Lights", and
      more. Pendergrass was the first African-American singer to sell five platinum
   albums in a row. He also began his practice of ladies-only concerts, for which he
  remains well-know. His first solo album was self titled Teddy Pendergrass (1977),
   followed by Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Live Coast to Coast and Teddy
 (1979), 1980's TP and the final Philadelphia International Records album It's Time
For Love (1981). On March 18th, 1982, Teddy's life was changed dramatically and
    forever when a horrifying auto accident left him paralyzed from the chest down
 and wheel-chair bound. He spent the next six months in the hospital and in rehab
      before returning home. He founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA), a
   national organization that helps people with spinal cord injury (SCI) rebuild their
lives. TPA acts as a conduit, making the resources of government, universities and
     private industry more readily available to people with SCI who seek education,
                               training and employment.
              Spinal Cord Injuries
•   Injuries can occur at any level of    •   Paralysis of most of the body
    the spinal cord.                          including the arms and legs, called
•   The segment of the cord that is           quadriplegia, is the likely result.
    injured, and the severity of the          Automobile accidents are often
    injury, will determine which body         responsible for spinal cord
    functions are compromised or lost.        damage in the middle back (the
•   a spinal cord injury can have             thoracic or lumbar area), which
    significant physiological                 can cause paralysis of the lower
    consequences because it acts as           trunk and lower extremities, called
    the main information pathway              paraplegia.
    between the brain and the rest of     •   Other kinds of injuries that directly
    the body.                                 penetrate the spinal cord, such as
•   Catastrophic falls, being thrown          gunshot or knife wounds, can
    from a horse or through a                 either completely or partially sever
    windshield, or any kind of physical       the spinal cord and create life-long
    trauma that crushes and                   disabilities
    compresses the vertebrae in the
    neck can cause irreversible
    damage at the cervical level of the
    spinal cord and below.
                    The Wheelchair
•   is a wheeled mobility device in which the user sits. The device is propelled
    either manually (by pushing the wheels with the hands) or via various
    automated systems. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is
    difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability
•   Manual or self-propelled wheelchairs are propelled by the occupant,
    usually by using large rear wheels, from 20-26 inches in average diameter,
    and resembling those of bicycle wheels. The user moves the chair by
    pushing on the hand rims, which are made of circular tubing attached to the
    outside of the large wheel.

           Attendant-propelled chairs are designed to be propelled by
           an attendant using the handles, and thus the back wheels are
              rimless and often smaller. These chairs are often used as
           'transfer chairs' to move a patient when a better alternative is
           unavailable, possibly within a hospital, as a temporary option,
                or in areas where a user's standard chair is unavailable
 •Three general styles of electric powered chairs exist: rear, center,
  front wheel driven or four wheel driven. Each style has particular
  handling characteristics and are also divided by seat type; some
 models resemble manual chairs, with a sling-style seat and frame,
     whereas others have 'captain's chair' seating like that of an
 automobile. Electric powered chairs run the gamut from small and
portable models, which can be folded or disassembled, to very large
                   and heavy full-featured chairs.