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Accident Changed More Than Teen's Body
July 6, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC--Monday's Washington Post featured a story about Joshua Basile, 19, a former tennis and golf athlete whose spinal cord was injured last August in a swimming accident.

The story tells about how Basile's family has supported him through his rehabilitation and treatment, including purchasing a van with a lift for his motorized wheelchair, installing a ramp to the front door, and converting their living room into his bedroom.

It also tells about how Basile has turned to poetry and public speaking to express himself, including speaking to school children at his former school, and quadriplegic patients at a Philadelphia Shriner's Hospital.

"We have such a powerful message to get out," he said about the patients. "They never thought they could make a difference."

Basile's mother claims that her son is "a better person than he was a year ago."

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