Tina McFadden grew up in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, and still lives there with her partner, Rick and new pup, Cozy. She had her spinal cord injury July 18, 1990 when she was hit by a boat while water-skiing, making her a T12 incomplete.
Tina had been very involved with Madison Spinal Cord Injury Group as a member for a few years before she became the Member and Volunteer Coordinator and Treasurer of Madison SCI when the group became both a nonprofit and chapter of United Spinal.
Tina is a valuable team player giving hundreds of hours to community projects – including the chapter’s first major fundraiser, a 5K walk/run/roll “Scramble.” Tina takes a lead role with the annual picnic and anniversary party in which vendors of new products for wheelchair users are invited. She has represented Madison SCI at various community awareness events including Disability Pride, Blackhawk Technical College Veterans Resource Fair and the ADA Bus Tour at the Overture.
She led the Madison SCI planning team’s efforts to sign the chapter up as a vendor in the Madison “Ride the Drive” event, allowing the chapter to showcase its handcycles. She invited Creative Mobility, an adaptive bike shop from the Chicago area, to bring more demo adaptive cycles in hopes of working with the city of Madison to adopt an “Everyone Can Ride” perspective. Thanks in part to her efforts the city now plans to include a wheelchair in the city’s event logo for next year.
In addition, Tina has been a key player in developing the relationship Madison SCI has with Brittingham Boats where the Madison SCI adaptive kayaks are stored. This has led to opportunities for Madison SCI to work with the city on “Learn to Paddle” events. Tina always has a smile and besides being a mentor, she is a believer in raising awareness and community outreach. She works well with the Madison SCI team to continue enhancing Madison SCI’s efforts to grow membership, strengthen peer/mentoring, and expand fundraising so that our members with family and friends can “plan, go, and conquer!” – the Madison SCI motto. In other words, Tina is an advocate for all of us to have quality of life opportunities.