When my paralyzed son Roman Reed told me, he was going on a little trip, I said, "Oh, that's nice!," and went on with my chores. I figured he meant a couple-hour jaunt from Fremont to Sacramento, something like that, no big deal.
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.
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.