The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is excited to announce some breaking news. Today they have officially launched a new campaign called The Big Idea. The mission for this campaign will be working toward redefining what it means to live with spinal cord injury (SCI).
The Big Idea is supporting the next phase of research for epidural stimulation of the spinal cord since the successful report of four men with SCI seeing significant improvements in mobility. The four participants were able to move their legs and stand, while also improving autonomic functions, including bladder, bowel and sexual function, and temperature regulation.
This breakthrough calls for the next phase of research. This will include evaluating 36 candidates to determine efficiency of epidural stimulation in restoring autonomic functions, movement below the injury level, and the ability to stand. The Big Idea wants to change the future of what it means to live with paralysis. It might only start with 36 candidates, but the program is hoped to soon expand to hundreds and then thousands of people after this phase of research.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is determined to reach their goal of raising $15 million, making this the most ambitious effort in Reeve Foundation history.
So how can YOU support The Big Idea?
- – Go to ReeveBigIdea.org to make a financial contribution. So matter how small or large, any amount will make a difference.
- – Spread the word by telling your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, anyone and everyone! Encourage them to join us in showing their support.
- – Post the link for The Big Idea on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word on your network about your investment and contribution toward spinal cord research.
Use hashtags #JoinReeve and #36for36 and tag us on Facebook by using @Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in your post.
Here at Rollx Vans we do more than sell wheelchair vans. We strive to make a difference in the wheelchair community around us, so we encourage you to join the Reeve Foundation and us as we have this opportunity to mobilize and transform lives.