With the help of the ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton, retired U.S. Army Sergeant Terry Hannigan Vereline recently became the first paralyzed American to successfully complete a marathon. ReWalk was invented by Technion alumnus Dr. Amit Goffer, and was processed through the Technion’s incubator for further development before it was used in clinical trials. Vereline successfully walked the 2019 New York City Marathon, walking all 26.2 miles over a span of 3 days.
“Ever since the day I stood up in the ReWalk for the first time, opportunities I never thought I’d have again were laid out before me,” Vereline said in a press release. “Words cannot express the feelings I had crossing the finish line. This has been a dream of mine, and I hope I can serve as an inspiration to others that you too can achieve what seems like the impossible — especially all of the disabled children I meet across the country.”