Injury: SCI C2 C3/Hemiplegia
Military Branch: NAVY
E5 Dennis Mankel served 10years in the Navy. Originally raised in Arkansas, he currently resides in Reno, NV. After his service, Dennis went on to receive a degree in speech pathology.
In 1986 while boxing in an exhibition match, Dennis was hit in a fight, causing his C2 and C3 disc to go into his spinal cord, pinning it to his spin. During the time of the injury, Dennis had a Naval promotion coming and didn’t want any setbacks, so he continued forward. He began to have problems with the function of his right arm and leg. About a year and a half later, while in a New Jersey hospital, Dennis was informed that he had severe spinal cord compression. Thereafter, he was sent to a Naval hospital for emergency surgery to decompress his spine. Two years later his C-2 disc broke again. Dennis would go on to have a total of 22surgeries.
Dennis goal for ATF’s 9week program, is to increase the strength and coordination of the right side of his body. He also wants to be part of a community and looks forward to the opportunity to improve his diet and health.