As a professional triathlete and former swimmer at the University of Georgia, Haley Chura always has raced to a finish line. There’s always been a beginning, middle and defined end to every race she has ever entered — until just recently.
At 6 a.m. ET on May 4 in Florida, Chura was one of nearly 36,000 runners worldwide who took part in the Wings For Life World Run to raise money for spinal-cord research. Held simultaneously on 34 courses in six continents and 13 time zones, the event featured an unusual format: All entrants began at the same time and ran until they were passed by a “Catcher Car” that started 30 minutes later. Continue Reading »
Published: April 3, 2014 | Category:News | Spinal Cord Injury:C-5
Almost five years ago, in a dusty Afghan village thousands of miles from Tampa, Florida an event occurred that forever changed the lives of one young American couple. Through their journey of sacrifice, struggle and determination, the concept of the Stay in Step Recovery Center was born.
On that fateful day, Chief Warrant Officer Romulo “Romy” Camargo was out conducting operations with his small team of Green Berets. The mission was to locate the whereabouts of an infamous Taliban Commander. Leading from the front, as was his style, Chief Romy Camargo stood in the turret of his vehicle as the team withdrew from the village. Suddenly, the team came under heavy enemy fire. Romy immediately began organizing his men in response to the attack. Continue Reading »
In 1998, Paul Richter, a state trooper who was shot in the line of duty, and the late Christopher Reeve helped create the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program in New York State. The legislation levied a surcharge on speeding tickets — half of people with spinal cord injury are hurt in motor vehicle accidents — to create a trust fund for spinal cord injury research. The trust was the first of its kind in the country, and has been emulated by numerous other states. The ticket surcharge generates tens of millions of dollars annually; $8.5 million is supposed to be devoted to spinal cord injury research. But since 2010, that money has been swept into the general fund. We call on state legislators to put the money back where it belongs — into spinal cord injury research. Continue Reading »
THE STORY: Hi! I’m Britt Martin, co-founder and executive director of SPINALpedia. My dad was paralyzed in a car accident when I was 12 years old. I made this video to share why SPINALpedia needs to exist. Continue Reading »
NASCAR Stars Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Ty Dillon, Martin Truex, Joey Coulter, Darrell Waltrip & Greg Biffle headlined this year’s tourney
DGF donated $27,000 wheelchair to Tamarac, Fla. native at the event
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – NASCAR Driver Jamie McMurray won the 13th annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers on the infield lake at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 16. The event pairs sponsors, donors, supporters and NASCAR fans with NASCAR Drivers for a fun day of fishing benefiting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Speediatrics. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »
Philanthropist Denny Sanford is donating $100 million to UC San Diego to speed up attempts to turn discoveries about human stem cells into drugs and therapies to treat everything from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease to spinal-cord injuries and weak hearts.
The gift from the South Dakota businessman, who has a home in La Jolla, is the second largest in campus history — exceeded only by the $110 million donation that Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs contributed to help the University of California San Diego become a power in engineering. Sanford’s donation is also among the 15 largest gifts nationwide this year, and it pushes him past $1 billion in lifetime giving. Continue Reading »
CEDAR CITY — September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month and one Cedar City man hopes to bring awareness to a condition he’s lived with for more than a decade.
When Jory Riggs was 18, a snow tubing accident at Woods Ranch, just east of Cedar City, left him a paraplegic. Since that time, he’s formed a new life for himself. He earned a degree in art from Southern Utah University and now, at age 30, he’s hoping to move beyond that label of paraplegic with the help of effective, though expensive, physical therapy — a move that has given him renewed hope about his future. Continue Reading »
A record number of riders participated in Vermont’s largest charity ride, the Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT Bicycle and Walking Vacations, helping to set a fundraising record for the ride on Saturday.
Over 750 cyclists, 25 of them using handcycles, started spinning from the Middlebury College campus in Middlebury, Vt. on a cool day perfect for riding through the scenic and rolling hills of the Champlain Valley. Riding in teams or individually, the cyclists raised more than $300,000 for adaptive athletes and ski racing safety. Continue Reading »
Music has the power to lift spirits, set hearts racing, bring back forgotten memories – and Wollongong songwriter Jae Haydon hopes it has the power to change lives.
Jae, formerly of prominent punk band Lost In Line and now a successful acoustic artist in his own right, kicked off a fund-raising campaign called Sing For Spinal Cord Injury this week.
He will upload 30 acoustic cover songs to YouTube in 30 days, to support a drive on crowdfunding website FundRazr to raise money for Sargood, a spinal cord rehabilitation centre on Sydney’s northern beaches. Continue Reading »