Celebrities support quest for a cure in The Big Apple (By: Rich Hamill)

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Imagine raising $18 million dollars in one night. That’s what The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis (TBF) did at their 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on September 24. And I was there.

I’ve always wanted to attend this annual event, but due to the expense involved, I was unable to. Luckily, I won two tickets while at the TBF Chapters Summit in August. Attending a function of this magnitude makes you realize how many people out there really care about finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. And of course, it’s not often I get to meet celebrities and support a great cause that is a huge part of my life.

Will2Walk is helping those with SCIs get ready for a cure by providing resources and financial assistance to keep their bodies in optimal condition. Through our new Life Enhancement Grant Program, we’re able to award grants to individuals with SCIs needing financial assistance for equipment and services that improve their general quality of life and provide opportunity for physical fitness. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about one of our first grantees, Jen Chaillie, who is a great example of how important it is to maintain an active lifestyle.

I believe that as we get the word out on the work we are doing through consistent communication both locally and nationally, we will help others understand the financial burden of living with a spinal cord injury. At Will2Walk, our goal is to enable those with spinal cord injuries to have a productive, healthy and high-quality life, regardless of age, time since injury, and physical condition. Will2Walk and The Buoniconti Fund share an ultimate goal—to enable those with spinal cord injuries opportunities to regain function and the possibility to walk again.

For full details on the event, read the press release. Proceeds benefited the The Miami Project’s first human clinical trial using Schwann cells—be sure to keep up with the progress via The Miami Project website.

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