spinal cord injury research
"I’m not able to move my feet or ankles, but I can stand and walk and use my arms and upper body," the 25-year-old said. "Why not use that to its fullest potential?"
Five years later, I'm still in my wheelchair on a strenuous rehab program. I'm still in fighting to get back up on my feet again, which I know will happen. People ask me all the time how I stay motivated and it makes me think about everything I've accomplished over the last five years.
This Tuesday a vote will be held in Sacramento on whether to allow the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act to go forward. So near, and yet so far. Nine members of the Transportation and Housing Committee are voting, and we need five "yes" votes to stay alive.
If we can cure paralysis, the very symbol of what cannot be cured, then we will have proven that curing all chronic disease and disability may be within our reach. Everything is coming together, if we can just pass a single bill.