In an effort to support spinal cord injury research, a non-profit foundation has donated a total of $50,000 to two key organizations -- the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis -- on March 17.
The gift was made by SCORE (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping spinal cord injury victims and their families cope with their sudden physical, financial and psychological challenges. It provides assistance with the substantial, unexpected out-of-pocket expenses associated with medical care, housing modifications and other essentials for independent living.
Founded in the aftermath of the crippling injury suffered by Sean Gjos, a UCLA MBA student, SCORE bestows grant preference to children who have incurred spinal cord injuries while participating in sports. While playing in the U.S. National Club Hockey Championships at Salt Lake City in March 1999, Gjos damaged several vertebrae. As a result, he is now a paraplegic.
SCORE is also committed to the search for a cure and donates a substantial portion of the monies it raises to support spinal cord injury research.
"The success of SCORE's fundraising efforts enables us to provide this financial support to the quest for a cure," said Gjos, who is also the foundation1s honorary chairman. "We believe that the most significant impediment to curing paralysis is inadequate funding for research. Accordingly, SCORE is pleased to support the research programs of two organizations that have exhibited tremendous leadership in that search."
Said Mitchell Stoller, president and CEO of Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, "We are honored that SCORE has provided the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation with this generous grant. CRPF is committed to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. These funds will assist our world-renowned researchers in their quest and will make a significant contribution to progress."
"The Miami Project is proud to receive this generous gift from SCORE," said Marc Buoniconti, ambassador of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. "We are grateful they recognize our efforts and achievements as the leader in spinal cord injury research. This donation will bring us many steps closer to our goal of a cure for paralysis."
SCORE is under the aegis of the California Community Foundation. For more information, visit SCORE's website at www.scorefund.org or the California Community Foundation's website at www.calfund.org or leave a message on the SCORE hotline at (310) 859-5518."
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