On December 12, 2009, pole dance student Debbie Plowman was tragically paralyzed from the neck down after experiencing a fall from a dance pole during a class
Debbie was at a pole fitness excercise class with friends. She had been attending pole fitness excercise classes for 2 years when she had her accident. She was performing a cross ankle release (which she had done many times before) when she fell from only 1ft off the ground. She landed on her head and was knocked unconscious. She had broken her neck and severely damaged her spinal cord. Thankfully one of her friends was a nurse and knew what to do, otherwise Debbie may not have been alive today.
Debbie was rushed to York District Hospital where she was in intensive care fighting for her life. Her injuries were so severe that she was transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary where she underwent specialist surgery on her neck and head.
Debbie was then transferred by air ambulance to the spinal injury unit at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. Debbie spent a year in hospital in Sheffield before being transferred to the Lascelles Rehabilitation Unit in Harrogate, closer to home.
She is paralysed from the neck down and is on a ventilator which enables her to breathe. She still has feeling in her body and so can feel pain, (which she does a lot of ther time) but is unable to move much other than slight shoulder movements. She cant speak but is able to 'mouth' some words. She also has a computer which tracks eye movements which helps her to communicate. A series of scans have revealed no evidence of any brain damage.
There is hope for further improvements in her condition, although it might not be clear for another two or three years how much progress will be made.
Debbie & her husband Chris have been together for 14 years and married for 7. They have 2 children, Jack 6 and Ruby 3.
Read updates about Debbie Here - News
The Pole To Peak Story:
The "Pole To Peak" climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro has been organized by Katie Coates of Vertical Dance UK.
The climb will take place from March 17th - March 27th when up to a dozen people related to the pole dance industry will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The pole industry aims to raise £30,000 through this event.
Ken Menconi's Story
Ken's sister, Mary Ellyn Weissman, is the owner of Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd. and is good friends with KT Coates. Through Mary Ellyn's Facebook page Ken learned of the Pole To Peak climb for Debbie and decided to join the event and climb Mt. KMJ. His wife Nancy is supportinghim and is actively working alongside him to help him raise money for this event.
Ken and Nancy are both physically active and enjoy traveling. They have been able to visit 29 countries, that has included: Climbing the Sydney Australia Bay Bridge, walking the Great Wall of China, Visiting Machu Picchu, Safari in Tanzania and Kenya Africa, Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, Zorbing in New Zealand, Mayan Ruins in Mexico, Gondola rides in Venice Italy, the Eiffel Tower-Paris, the Colloseum-Rome, Pompei near Rome, etc.
When not traveling they enjoy family time with their two sons (both are Eagle Scouts) and their wives, and two lovely Granddaughters (Gabriella & Olivia).