A word from Senator Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Throughout my congressional career, some of the votes I am most proud of involved supporting medical research and the disability and veteran communities. Funding for the National Institutes of Health and policies that directly affect our most vulnerable and deserving populations are issues I take personally.
In 2006, I was placed in a medically-induced coma for a month in order for my brain to repair itself from a hemorrhage resulting from an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). I underwent months of extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy. This has been a long and humbling journey, but thanks to the treatments and resources available I returned to the Senate with a renewed spirit and a sharp focus. Persistence, passion and endless support have enabled me to keep fighting for the people of South Dakota in the Senate. It is a priority for me to ensure that the disability community has access to the supports and services necessary, not only immediately following an injury, but also in ensuring a high quality of life.
We cannot do this alone, and Congress must continue to listen to the community to ensure their voices are being represented, and to this end I am proud to work with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. They are an important ally here in Washington, DC, helping to ensure that research such as the locomotor training being conducted through the NeuroRecovery Network continues, that Quality of Life grants are distributed and that funding for the Paralysis Resource Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health is preserved.
We now have a new Congress, and a lot of work ahead of us. Moving forward, you can be assured that I will continue to work on issues that are a priority for the Foundation. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries and paralysis. Thank you for your continued support, and for serving as incredible examples of all that we can accomplish.