|Is Dennis Tesolat as dumb as a rock?|
So today I'll ask your opinion and if it comes out that people think I'm the dense one, then maybe I'll have to stop doing all of this. You judge!
Here is the history of why I'm starting to think that I'm obtuse.
1. First question to RHF on 27 July 2011
a. Question: We sent email to RHF asking this, " I would like to ask you to provide me with the percentage of funds being spent by RHF on CNS regeneration and a cure for SCI."
b. Answer: Within a few days we got our answer. "Leveraging a global network of like-minded individuals and organizations, RHI is doing everything possible within their means to help create a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury."
2. Second question to RHF on 31 July 2011
a. Question: "There was no answer to the question regarding what percentage of funds raised by Rick Hansen Foundation is being spent on a cure for spinal cord injury. I await an answer to this question."
b. Answer: Another answer NOT answering the question, or does it? Maybe my peanut sized brain can't fully comprehend the email. You decide. "Since inception, 81% of funds raised by RHF have been directed towards the search for a cure for SCI and quality of life initiatives, through the support of charitable programs and research grants."
3. We asked RHF to hold direct talks on 12 August 2011
a. A letter was sent by five people living with spinal cord injuries from across the world. One in Canada, one in Spain, one in Japan, and two in Italy. We asked for a meeting by skype to answer four questions, one of which was, "How the 81 percent figure you stated in your previous email is divided between quality of life and regenerative research?"
b. Our request for talks was completely ignored in the answer and none of the questions were answered. The answer said, "The work of the Rick Hansen Foundation supports the same vision Rick expressed when he set out on his Man In Motion World Tour – to raise awareness of the potential of people with disabilities by creating accessible and inclusive communities, and supporting research for a cure." (scroll down to "Answer 3" to see the full answer)
4. Question sent to the patron of the Rick Hansen Relay, the Governor General of Canada, starting on 24 August 2011.a. Again people from all around the world sent of an email to his Governor Generalism. We asked, "I ask you as the Governor General of Canada and patron of the Rick Hansen Relay to relay my desire for real dialogue with RHF in regards to the urgency of a cure for paralysis and how we in Canada and the international community can better cooperate to achieve Rick Hansens's dream."
b. Worse than the answers we got from RHF, the Governor General ignored people from all over the world including Canadians.
5. RHF's Interdependence Conference in Vancouver and our questions.
a. This time in a huge response to our call for email to RHF, 737 people signed our appeal which started on 19 April 2012, and added their names to our questions. The questions about RHF's commitment to cure chronic spinal cord injury were then emailed, and faxed to Rick Hansen and a courageous member of the spinal cord injured community stood up in the conference to ask these questions face to face with Mr. Hansen.
b. The answers that came from both Mr. Reitmayer, CEO of RHF, in writing, and the answers right out of Mr. Hansen's mouth.
i. At the May 2012 conference, Mr. Hansen, after being asked by a cure activist, Mr. Hansen talked about his vision of an inclusive world. He talked about cure. He talked about the market and the availability of therapies to introduce into the market. He even had the gall to talk about us raising more money when he won't even tell us where it goes. But he never once answered the question. You can read and HEAR it all here.
ii. Mr. Reitmayer then followed up with a written answer stating that, "the Foundation's mission and vision - which is to raise awareness of the potential of people with disabilities by creating accessible and inclusive communities, and supporting research for a cure."
There have since been two more email sent by me personally to RHF and one more answer but after writing this much today, I'll wait a few days to write about that.
I don't want to distract you from the main question of trying to decide whether I'm too stupid to see the answers to our questions, or if there hasn't been any answer yet.