Friday, December 7, 2007

A Thank You from U2FP

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December 5, 2007

To Joseph White and the members of the Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Group:

Congratulations on the astounding success of your fund raising Spinal Cord Injury Walk. Not only did this event raise precious dollars for the paralysis community, it helped to spread awareness and visibility for our efforts to reach a cure. We at Unite 2 Fight Paralysis are proud and grateful to work with everyone at NWISCIG.

Please accept our most sincere thanks for your donation of $5,000 to U2FP. We hope that many of you will be able to join us at Working 2 Walk, our annual event in Washington, DC, that brings together members of the community to learn about the latest research and advocate for funding.

Once again, thank you for all of your hard work in reaching out to your local community. You have provided a model for advocates around the country.

All the best,

Susan Maus, Marilyn Smith & Betheny Winkler

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis Board of Directors

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis has started promoting Working 2 Walk 2008. This is a great event that I have attended for the past three years. I am honored to be involved with Unite 2 Fight Paralysis and to have had the opportunity to meet with the scientists and politicians that directly influence paralysis research. For more information, please click the link below or contact Joe at for a 2006 or 2007 W2W Symposium/Rally report.

Plan to join us for the 3rd annual Working 2 Walk in Washington

as leading researchers and advocates in the effort to find a cure for paralysis gather at the Kellogg Conference Hotel on the campus of Gallaudet University. The event will bring together members of the scientific, rehabilitative, and patient advocate communities for a lively exchange of information and ideas.

We have changed the Symposium’s format for 2008 and scheduled a variety of breakout sessions that will allow for small group discussions, increased opportunities for interaction between leaders of the various communities, and the ability to choose topics of particular interest. Following the first two days of meetings and workshops, leaders will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 15, to meet with legislators and discuss the costs of care vs. cure and the need for increased research funding.

Working 2 Walk is a unique opportunity that you won't want to miss.

I want to thank you once again for inviting me. It was such an exciting day. It meant so much to me to meet so many advocates for SCI research and to hear everyone's story. I certainly feel a heightened drive to work on chronic SCI. I told my students after the event that I think every young researcher should attend this event.”

Dr. Juanita J. Anders, PhD, USUHS