In a mere 48 minutes, someone in the United States sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI) and becomes part of the millions worldwide living with paralysis. The month of September is acknowledged as SCI Awareness Month in which, foundations, companies, and families throughout the country make a moves to promote awareness.
The Triumph Foundation in California has begun a viral hashtag campaign to help celebrate. The foundation is encouraging SCI survivors to post pictures of them doing things outside their wheelchair using the hashtag #morethanjustmychair – slaying the assumption that the paralysis population is confined to wheelchairs.
Tighten the Drag Foundation in Florida is hosting their 4th Annual Fall Inshore Slam benefiting spinal cord injury recovery rehabilitation. The tournament is open to everyone and 100% of the proceeds go towards the cause. The event is Saturday, September 26th, 2015.
That same weekend, Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit) is hosting an awareness event in Arizona. That morning, participants can meet local non-profits that serve the SCI community while experiencing demos and delicious food. The entire Arizona community is invited to Phoenix to be a part of I Roll, You Walk…Together We Live.
New York’s Disability Opportunity Fund is celebrating the ADA’s 25th anniversary with keynote speakers and open discussions. Join them on September 17th in Mellville for deeper level conversations about disability rights.
Although there are countless events taking place nationwide, you don’t have to travel to make an impact in SCI awareness. With organizations like The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, you can make a donation in honor of a loved one, caregiver, scientist or organization who is working to improve the lives of those injured. You can also spread the message by changing your Facebook profile picture to the SCI support ribbon or tweeting and inviting friends to get involved in the discussion.
Nick Buoniconti of the Buoniconti Fund once said: “Paralysis does not discriminate. People need to realize that paralysis can happen to anyone at any time. But the reality of today’s statistics can’t be disputed. Every 48 minutes another person in the U.S. will become paralyzed. That is simply unacceptable. Each of us must do what we can to make a difference. I am personally asking you, will you stand up for those who can’t and do one or more of the following?”