The Spinal Cord Injury Project is the first focus of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. Its mission is to conduct cutting-edge research and to build collaborations to focus resources on finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.
The Spinal Cord Injury Project works to bring together research facilities, educational institutions, training programs, government officials, and corporate entities to work together to develop new therapies and to move the most effective treatments quickly to clinical trial.
A critical force in accelerating the pace of research is the involvement of those who are spinal cord injured and their families. The Spinal Cord Injury Project provides many programs and services for this community to keep them informed on issues of health, the latest in spinal cord injury research, and in ways that they can work to move the field forward.
Programs, activities, and services of The Spinal Cord Injury Project include:
- Open House: On the First Friday of most months, groups of two dozen to a hundred gather at the Keck Center for a program which includes tours of the laboratory and a research update by Dr. Wise Young. (In the summer, July and August are combined into one Thursday night program. Check the website calendar for dates.)
- Newsletters: Three to four times a year mailings go out with information on research and on opportunities to participate in fund raising, legislative, and other activities through the nation, and internationally.
- The CareCure Community: The CareCure Community is an interactive website with articles on many subjects including all aspects of spinal cord injury. Interactive forums encourage people with spinal cord injuries and their families to post questions and share experiences. Dr. Wise Young and experienced spinal nurses are frequent contributors to the site.
- Legislative Activities: Members of the community are kept alert of legislative issues which affect their health, economic status, and future. They are alerted to opportunities to work together and with advocacy organizations to learn about the issues and about how to make one’s voice heard.
- Fund Raising: There are many opportunities to support research through The Spinal Cord Injury Project. People can give general or designated gifts and Gifts of Hope in honor or in memory of special people or to mark special occasions. Naming opportunities for facilities, specialized equipment, and scholarships and fellowships also are available. Assistance is given to those who wish to hold local events to raise money for research. In addition, Rally for the Cure is a major campaign which gives people the opportunity to earn tickets to a special celebratory event by raising funds for research. (For more information on Rally for the Cure see below or go to www.rallyforthecure.org.)
For more information or to contribute, please click ‘Donate Now’ or contact The Spinal Cord Injury Project, 732-445-6573, SCIProject@biology.rutgers.edu.
Rally for the Cure is a community effort organized by people with spinal cord injuries, their family members, friends and supporters. The goal of this endeavor is to raise money and support for research leading to a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and diseases.
Rally for the Cure was born in 2004 as a means for people who were injured and their families to raised money for research and attend a celebration to honor that accomplishment. Anyone who held a fundraiser earned two tickets to the event which was held June 6th at the Winter Garden in New York City. The amazing evening featured Michael Badalucco of television's 'The Practice' serving as M.C. with special buests including Broadway star Ms. Frances Sternhagen, Ms. Barbara Johnson, mother of Christopher Reeve, Denys Tolstov of Cirque du Soleil, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, 'No Limit Dance', and live music by Primitive Soul.
With fundraising roots that go back to "The Spinal Series" in 1987, the group's first collective effort was held in 1998 at the World Financial Center in New York City. That event, entitled "CURE", raised 1.7 million dollars in a single evening, setting a new record for fundraising in this area. Many were surprised that a group of novices could accomplish such a feat. However, one member of the group offered a simple explanation: "Never underestimate the power of love."
Proceeds from Rally for the Cure go to The Spinal Cord Injury Project at Rutgers University. This world-class research center is focused on finding practical breakthroughs, and expediting progress through collaboration with other research centers. According to the Project's Founding Director, Dr. Wise Young, finding a cure is "no longer a question of 'if', but 'when'."