Change the Future for People Living with Paralysis

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on November 18, 2015 # Fundraising

Please make your special contribution online today to the Reeve Foundation to help people living with spinal cord injury.There was nothing that I loved more than playing hockey. I had my share of falls and rough-and-tumble play in the sport, but had always gotten right back up.

However, my last game was different. I was chasing a puck down the ice when an opponent checked me from behind, and I slammed head first into the boards. I remember my dad and teammates surrounding me on the ice. I could not get up. I couldn't move at all.

I was flown immediately by helicopter to a nearby hospital where doctors delivered the devastating news that I sustained a spinal cord injury at C5, leaving me paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors initially gave me a 50/50 chance of surviving, but I was not ready to give up. I wanted to show the doctors that I had the strength to fight and I would recover.

Despite setbacks and ongoing medical challenges, I never forget my dream, one I share with Christopher Reeve and millions of others living with paralysis: that one day we will live in a world of empty wheelchairs. In honor of that dream, please make a special contribution to the Reeve Foundation right now.

In those crucial months of recovery after my accident, I learned about The Big Idea and the breakthrough research that is underway. Four men, each living with a complete spinal cord injury, are now able to stand and voluntarily move their legs as a result of epidural stimulation of the spinal cord.

It inspired me so much that I decided to partner with the Reeve Foundation, and help spread the word that tangible hope is on the horizon.

Every day people sustain spinal cord injuries in accidents similar to mine, changing their lives in seconds. However, with your help, we can move research forward so that people living with paralysis can regain functions they thought were lost forever.

When fully funded, The Big Idea will test the impact of epidural stimulation on 36 participants. Ultimately, the Reeve Foundation envisions epidural stimulation will be at the forefront of care for individuals living with paralysis...but it all starts with the next 36.

Will you help us move forward by making your tax-deductible gift online right now?

I'm calling on you to help us defy the odds, like I did when the doctors said I had a 50/50 chance of survival. We need to push even harder to fast track The Big Idea, and help the 1.3 million Americans living with spinal cord injury.

Thank you for your kindness and support. It is really making a life-changing difference not just to me, but to all of us who are living with a spinal cord injury.

P.S. I'm determined to deliver on Christopher Reeve's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs, but I need your help. Please make your special contribution online today to expand vital research and get groundbreaking therapy to people in a matter of years, not decades.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We couldn't do it without you!

With gratitude,

Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols

PS: I'm determined to deliver on Christopher Reeve's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs, but I need your help. Please make your special contribution online today to expand vital research and get groundbreaking therapy to people in a matter of years, not decades.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We couldn't do it without you!