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World Stem Cell Summit Brings Senatorial Candidacy Announcement

Don C. Reed | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Don C. Reed

"With these words, and in this spectacular venue, I hereby announce my candidacy for state senator of the great state of California," said the muscula...

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 ...

Which Country Will Be First to Cure Paralysis?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

On August 25, Roman Reed became the first person in a wheelchair to cross the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This Friday, he may help buil...

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.

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...

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...

Governor Brown Vetoes Paralysis Cure Research Bill

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

There was a time when Republicans supported our program overwhelmingly -- let us hope those better days return, after the election. To paraphrase another California Governor: "We'll be back!"

Spinal Cord Injury Research Law -- One Vote Short?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Numb with shock, disappointment and rage, I hurled myself out of the Senate gallery, sat down on the cold marble floor, got out my phone book and cellphone. We were one vote short.

Win One for FDR-- and the Wheelchair Warrior in Your Life

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

One recent night in Washington D.C., I saw two statues of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: one was huge, capturing the outsized spirit of the man, a green-b...

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.

"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...

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.