The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is running a campaign called "One Degree of Separation," in attemps to help raise funds for research to find a cure to paralysis. Their goal is to raise $1.275 million. According to a 2009 study conducted by the CDRF, there are approximately 6 million people living with paralysis. Of the six million, 1.275 people are living with paralysis due to spinal cord injuries. The campaign targets those of us who have been impacted by spinal cord injuries. The mission, is to get each person in the spinal cord injury community (this includes, families, friends, doctors, nurses, etc.) to donate just $1 dollar. '
Nowadays one dollar can't get you very much. Imagine however, what an impact one dollar could make if everyone contributed. I think giving a dollar for a cure is certainly a bargain! A cure would be a priceless gift to those of us living with paralysis. One dollar is a small investment that has the potential to make huge impact on millions of lives.
The campaign also has a website where you can read stories and see pictures of people that are living with paralysis. I think it's a great way to see the diversity of the people affected by spinal cord injuries and puts it a face to the problem. It's wonderful that the CDRF took the time to compile these individual stories. The pictures and stories can touch people's hearts in such a way that facts and statistics can not.
Just remember that behind every statistic there is a real person. You'll find my picture and story on the site, among many others. I encourage you to take the time to read the stories and share the information with family and friends. Most importantly, please donate a dollar.
I've included a link on my website and below.