Massachusetts Walks Again

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 Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, 
Mondays, September 5th,12th,19th,26th.
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Join us for the Annual SCI Awareness Month
Proclamation and Weekly Presentations.
Links will be sent to you each Monday.
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Click the YouTube link here for last year's event.
 

A COLLABORATION OF MASSACHUSETTS REHABILITATION FACILITIES, CONSUMER ORGANIZATIONS, LEGISLATORS, SCIENTISTS, RESEARCHERS, POLICY MAKERS, AND ADVOCATES WORKING TOWARD A COMMON GOAL TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND FUNDING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY CURE


Our Vision is to promote awareness, funding, research, and rehabilitation in the quest for a cure of Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis.


Our Mission is to share information from our network community to promote improvement in the quality of life and activities of daily living of those with Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis.


Our goal to increase funding was achieved. Five researchers in Boston were awarded two and a half million dollars over two years commencing July 1, 2019.

The SCI Trust Fund was established in 2004 to provide funding opportunities for SCI research in Massachusetts. If legislation remains in place, we will continue to see significant funding.


Photos Courtesy of Governor Baker's Office

Massachusetts Walks Again is pleased to announce some positive developments. Years of advocacy combined with testimonies in July, 2015 and September, 2015 have led to the passage of S.2019.

The Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund is renamed after the late Senator Thomas Kennedy, a long-serving Massachusetts Legislator with a spinal cord injury. The bill (S-2019) now allocates 100% of the fines to the fund and corrects the Scrivener’s error in 2010.The Massachusetts Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund was established in 2004 to provide funding opportunities for cutting-edge Spinal Cord Injury research in Massachusetts.

To date, over $4,000,000 has been allocated to this fund. Funds come from a surcharge to the reinstatement of every Massachusetts motor vehicle license.




We will reach out virtually each of the four Mondays of September. This way viewers can watch as little or as much as they want on their own schedule. Click here.



This is the tentative program:


Week #1) Monday, September 5th - Introduction to the format. Proclamation. Overview of Massachusetts Walks Again Website(massachusettswalksagain.com) and our Network. DPH Data in terms of funding, # cases last year, costs.  Sponsor, Senator Marc Pacheco. 


Week #2) Monday, September 12th - Reports and updates from our Grant Recipients.

Week #3) Monday, September 19th - Travel and Recreation.. Link to New Mobility article on travel.  Information from Rochelle Walensky on how to travel safely in the ever-present Pandemic. 

 Week #4)  Monday, September 26th - Advocacy and political issues to be considered for input and support which may be at the State House.