Recognizing the devastating effects of sustaining a spinal cord injury, the United States Senate has declared September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This Resolution, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), sends a strong message across the country that new therapies and resources need to be advanced to find a cure for paralysis. In addition, the resolution honors the individuals and family members who have sustained a spinal cord injury and the dedication of local, regional, and national organizations, as well as researchers, doctors and volunteers across the country who are working to improve the lives of individuals living with paralysis every day.
“Over the years, improved research and public awareness efforts have helped us come a long way in treating and preventing spinal cord injuries. The inspiring work of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has touched the lives of millions of young athletes, accident victims and troops in harm’s way, and I commend them for it. By designating September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, I hope we can further educate the public about how crippling accidents can be prevented while promoting the important work being done to help victims walk again,” said Senator Rubio. “I would like to thank Senators’ Rubio and Nelson for their dedication and commitment to the spinal cord injured community. This Resolution will bring much needed national awareness to this condition.