Above, from left: Jake Beckstrom, Barry Munro and Jason Stoffer lead an advocacy workshop at this past year's Annual Symposium
As we close out 2022, I hope you’ll consider making a year-end gift to Unite 2 Fight Paralysis.
Below are just a few of the ways we’ve invested our donors’ money over the past year:
- Lab Rats launches, placing 14 SCI individuals as consultants into 7 SCI Research labs. Five of our consultants were just published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (07 September 2022).
- U2FP’s Chronic Pig Study gets the greenlight after 1.5 years of work facilitating collaboration and fundraising of this potentially groundbreaking combination therapy. It brings together spinal stimulation and NVG-291 with a large animal model.
- U2FP's Cure Advocacy Network could pass a $3M SCI Research Grant Bill in Wisconsin soon - but we’ll need your help. A victory in WI would increase CAN’s cumulative funding impact to well over $30M over the next two years! These funds have resulted in meaningful interventions to restore function in over 75 persons with a spinal cord injury, and helped quicken recovery measures in the spinal stimulation arena.
- U2FP's Annual Symposium hosted 234 people at this year’s hybrid meeting in Salt Lake City. You can now watch all the presentations and panel discussions for free.
- ‘Move Me’ Documentary hits film festival circuit and airs on PBS. Kelsey Peterson’s film shines a light on the emotional and physical realities of life with an SCI, while showcasing a clinical trial that U2FP made possible through our advocacy work in Minnesota. U2FP supported Kelsey and her evolving vision from the beginning.
As I’ve said recently, I’m extremely proud of the community-minded leadership our board and staff consistently demonstrate. Because the majority of them are impacted directly by this injury, they feel the urgency of finding curative interventions on the deepest possible level.
I’m happy with all we’ve been able to accomplish this year, but it’s not enough. There’s more work to do. And we can't do it without you.
Your support keeps us going, allowing us to continue building innovative bridges between researchers, funders, government and industry.
I look forward to making more progress with you in 2023.