A spinal-cord-injury activist puts a new priority on living with—not fighting—paralysis.
Ever since 1988, wheelchairs have figured into Alan T. Brown’s dreams. That was the year his neck was crushed by an ocean wave at a Club Med in Martinique. He was 20 years old, young and single and free, and in one second went from a vibrant college student to a quadriplegic, with no movement below his chest. The dreams began almost instantly, usually with the wheelchair off to one side, Brown standing nearby. “In the beginning, I was convinced I would walk again—1,000 percent,” says Brown, now 42, who runs his own public-relations company in Hollywood, Fla. “My old mottos were ‘There’s light at the end of the tunnel’ and ‘Never say never.’ I did think there was going to be a cure.” Continue Reading »
Growing up the son of a rink manager in Yarmouth, Maine, Roy might as well have been born with a hockey stick in his hand. As a prep school star, he dreamed of skating for a Division I college en route to a long career on the ice.
The fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride kicked off early on Saturday morning to cool temperatures and thick crowds at Middlebury College, where cyclists in the benefit ride gathered before pedaling off on 25-, 50- or 100-mile routes.
This year, 495 cyclists participated in the ride, which raises money for the Kelly Brush Foundation, which supports spinal cord injury research. The foundation also funds ski racing safety programs and provides adaptive sports equipments to individuals with spinal cord injuries. As of press time, this year’s race has raised a record-breaking $200,000, and officials were still tallying up the last donations. Continue Reading »
WillWalk, an Austin based non-profit organization has committed itself to be at the forefront of ending Paralysis. WillWalk will raise $3 million to help fund the first non-controversial human stem cell trials for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
The money raised will fund the first of this kind of research in the U.S. The stem cells being used are a non-controversial adult stem cell from umbilical cord blood. These studies will be a landmark achievement in medicine and will be the first time stem cells are used on humans to treat chronic SCI. Continue Reading »
Life Rolls On Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury, today named professional surfer, Rob Machado and actors Simon Baker and Jeffrey Donovan as honorary event chairmen for the 6th Annual Night by the Ocean Gala to be held on October 4, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Calf.
As the organization’s single-largest fundraising event, the Night by the Ocean Gala is aimed at honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to the spinal cord injury community. Continue Reading »
Funding can be a need when it comes to living with a spinal cord injury and keeping up with the devices and therapies that can improve quality of life. Items ranging from specialized wheelchairs and equipment to home modifications to cutting edge therapy in some cases may not be covered by insurance or available benefits.
Fundraising is a great option for those expenses beyond the realm of insurance. Fundraising isn’t just about raising funds but also about bringing communities together for a good cause. Continue Reading »
Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster is walking 500 miles in 32 days.
Beginning on August 1, Gonzalez-Bunster, 26, will be embarking on an 800-kilometer walk, just under the length of the east coast of Florida, along the northern trail of the Camino of Santiago of Compostela, to raise awareness for her organization, The Walkabout Foundation.
Walking for a reason
Just this year, Gonzalez-Bunster left her job as a financial analyst to launch the Foundation. “The stock market crashed and the economy deteriorated,” says Gonzalez-Bunster. “I thought it was the perfect moment to leave and start a foundation in honor of my brother, something I had wanted to do for fifteen years.” Continue Reading »