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Clifford G. (Buddy) Wilson III, Immediate Past Board Chair

As a result of a swimming related accident in August of 1980, Buddy, a C-4,5 quadriplegic, was introduced to Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in 1982 by a friend, and former employee, Tim Steele.

Born in Huntington and raised in the West End, Buddy eventually found his way to Kenova where he lived for over eighteen years. After his accident, he moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky for more accessible accommodations. He now resides in Rome Township, Proctorville, Ohio, where he built a home totally accessible to his needs. Buddy refers to himself as a true Tri-Stater, having lived in Cabell and Wayne Counties, Boyd County, Kentucky and now Lawrence County, Ohio.

Since the mid eighties, Buddy has served on the Mountain State Board of Directors in numerous positions. Buddy also serves on the Foundation for Independent Living Board of Directors as Chair. He truly believes in the mission and vision of Mountain State and is honored to be a part of their success.

Buddy has thoroughly enjoyed being associated with Mountain State these many years and would encourage people, disabled or not, to participate at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living by volunteering, utilizing services, or participating in an event.

Along with his experience as a person with a disability, Buddy brings his experience with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and United Spinal Association to his volunteering with Mountain State. Buddy has worked in peer support, information and referral, and their Spinal Cord Injury Hotline. He also remains in close contact with The ROHO Group, University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation, Northwestern University/Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as it relates to pain, pressure sores, spasticity, aging with a disability and several other topics.

Through his membership in several organizations and his participation in research and affiliated studies he presses on towards his goal of improving the quality of life for people who live with spinal cord injuries and disorders secondary to SCI.

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