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The Agony and the Exhaustion: The Price of Politics?

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.01.2012 | San Francisco
Don C. Reed

We had to win. If we failed this year, we must come back next year and every year until they got so sick of seeing us, they would say yes just to get rid of us.

Five to Stay Alive: Paralysis-Cure Bill Faces Key Committee Vote in California

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

This Tuesday a vote will be held in Sacramento on whether to allow the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act to go forward. So near, and yet so far. Nine members of the Transportation and Housing Committee are voting, and we need five "yes" votes to stay alive.

WATCH: Paralyzed Student Walks At Graduation

Posted 06.13.2012 | Good News

Walking across the stage at graduation is undeniably one of life's biggest milestones, and it was a moment that Patrick Ivison was determined not to m...

Cooperation or Obstruction? California Counts Votes on Paralysis Cure

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

It cannot be denied that the Republican party has changed, and not for the better. Even on matters where once they agreed with Democrats, they now seem compelled to oppose.

"Fight for Each Other": Paralysis Cure Research Bill Hangs in the Balance

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

"People must fight for each other", said the lady in the elevator. She and I had on a twelve-story elevator ride together, and I had just been telli...

Some Thoughts From an Invisible Monster

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Scottie Thomaston

I'm invisible -- my disability is invisible -- when someone's up close. But when they can stand far away, it's the only thing they notice about me. No one sees me, but everyone looks at me.

Create Your Own Miracle: The Power Of Visualization

Russell Bishop | Posted 02.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Ask anyone who has overcome tragedy of one kind or another and you will discover that the difference between those who languish in what has befallen then and those who have made lemons out their lemonade comes down to holding a positive focus and then doing the best with what you have left.

A Tribute to Unemployed Stem Cell Scientists

Don C. Reed | Posted 01.31.2012 | Technology
Don C. Reed

It would be different if their experiment had failed. But they had done everything right, played by the rules all the way: and in so far as they had been allowed to go, they had triumphed.

WATCH: Astounding Technology Lets Quadriplegic Play Violin

Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts

When violinist Eric Wan was paralyzed from the neck down at age 18, most expected it would be the end of his musical career. It took him two years to ...

Not Too Late to Fight for Cure: Make California the Spinal Cord Injury Research Center of the World

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

AB 190 would give renewed life to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, one of the most effective research programs ever done.

Paraplegic Man Stands After Breakthrough Treatment (VIDEO)

Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living

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Despite "Impossible" Odds, Supporters of Paralysis Cure Research Law Can Win

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On May 27th, in Sacramento, California, there will be a legislative forest fire. In the Appropriations committee, dozens of good bills will be considered. Most will die. Assembly Bill 190 -- our bill to fight paralysis -- must survive.

Eleven Million Dollars -- or Nothing -- for Paralysis Cure Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

A $3 fine tacked onto every reckless driving ticket in California could mean $11,000,000 a year for spinal cord injury research for cure -- if Assembly Bill 190 passes the Public Safety committee hearing at the Sacramento State Capitol, April 5th.

In a Perfect World: A Law to Cure Paralysis -- Paid for by Those Who May Cause It!

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

Car impact is the number one cause of spinal cord injury paralysis. Those whose heedless actions can inflict agony on others should be part of the answer: helping repair what their recklessness may cause.

A Story of Real Love and Compassion

Valerie Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

On a rainy afternoon, a young man of 19 was driving home from work. His car slid, then went out of control and landed on an embankment. There was no other car involved, and he was trapped for some time.

How Not to Have Sex in Colorado: the Personhood Amendment

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Imagine it is November this year, in Colorado. Amendment 62, the "personhood" Amendment, has just been voted into law. A woman is considering making love to her husband-- should she first consult an attorney?

Connor Olson's Story: Kansas High School Holds Special Graduation For Cancer Patient

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Kansas high school student Connor Olson was diagnosed with bone cancer over a year ago, the news came at a difficult time for his school. A fello...

We Just Don't Know That Much About The Spinal Cord

Phil Perrier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Phil Perrier

In an era in which we have pills to give a 90 year old man an erection, and procedures to reattach limbs and create artificial hearts, doctors in America can do better by spinal chord injury patients.

To Honor Christopher Reeve's Legacy, We Need to Find Cures for Paralysis

Peter Wilderotter | Posted 10.07.2009 | Healthy Living
Peter Wilderotter

Five years after his death, Christopher's life continues to inspire. But our challenge for the next five years is to set the nation on a path to achieving his dream.

Will Reeve, 17, Recalls Favorite Memories Of Parents Christopher and Dana Reeve

people.com | Sharon Cotliar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

When he was a kid Will Reeve didn't understand why strangers called his parents, Christopher and Dana Reeve, "an inspiration." But now at age 17, he i...

Denver Marathon: Man Overcomes Paralysis To Participate

The Denver Post | John Meyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

His right knee ached because of a ligament strain, and his groin stung because of a hernia diagnosed just last Tuesday, but those were hardly the bigg...

Anatomy Of Isolation: ALS Sufferer Tony Judt's Experience Of Night

The New York Review of Books | Tony Judt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following piece, from the current issue of The New York Review of Books, is by Tony Judt, director of the Remarque Institute at NYU. It is the fir...

Standing up for Abused and Neglected Children Takes on New Meaning

Brad Hunt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brad Hunt

We're all capable of being volunteers even if only in some small way. Think of what we could accomplish in this country if we all gave back to others some of the good we've received.

Bills Tight End Likely Paralyzed For Life

Democrat and Chronicle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Everett suffered a fracture dislocation of the cervical spine and an injury to the cervical spinal cord between the third and fourth vertebrae while m...