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Hope Won't Die for Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed California's paralysis program -- for the second time. Assembly Bill 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont) would have prov...

In One Man's Hands: California Governor May Decide Paralysis Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On Sept. 9, the California state Senate voted a unanimous YES to restore one million dollars in funding to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research ...

'With You Shield, or On It': Why Cure Research Must Be Supported

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Remember what Spartan mothers told their sons before they went off to war? "Return with your shield, or on it." To me, that advice fits the budget...

Little Grants, Big Progress? Paralysis Cure Research Bill Moves Ahead

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

The hallway was jammed outside Room 4203 in the Sacramento Capitol Building. Waves of body heat reached near asphyxiating levels. A large-voiced woma...

And Who Will Speak for Us?

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Isn't that what politics is supposed to be about, where people of opposing viewpoints can wrestle out their differences -- and find common grounds to work together?

The Day Before the Fourth of July, Fight for Freedom -- From Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, the California Senate Health Committee will hear a bill that fights for freedom from paralysis. A.B. 714 would provide $1 million annually for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 partially restoring its original funds.

Do You Know These Republicans? Help California Earn a Million for Paralyis Research!

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Below are the Republican assemblymembers of California. If we can persuade just a few to vote YES on Assembly Bill 714 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont), we may...

A Game of Numbers: 54 Assembly Votes Needed to Pass California Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

It is Monday morning as this is written, 3:47 a.m. On Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the full California Assembly will vote yes or no on paralys...

What Paralysis Costs You -- And Why California's AB 714 Must Pass

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Paralysis costs every Californian $131.57 -- and that is not to cure anybody, just to pay the medical bills. How much does paralysis cost you in your...

Paralysis: Pain, Price, and a Prescription for Cure

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Every paralyzed person is unique. His or her body may have areas of partial or total numbness, so skin sensations do not warn of danger. My paralyze...

If You Were Paralyzed: Two Champions You'd Want on Your Side

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Imagine being paralyzed: whatever position you are in right now, you must stay there-- until someone comes to move you. As an American, the chances o...

Capitol Battle? Paralysis Cure Bill Reaches Health Committee

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Blasts of wind shook my little car as I drove onto the bridge over the American River, on the road to Sacramento. I was going to the state Capitol fo...

Might Mouse and Medical Research: Legislator Champions Paralysis Cure

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

A 1940s black and white cartoon featured a war between mice and cats, in which the cats looked very much like Nazis. The mice were under attack, the o...