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- a yearly conference sponsored by U2FP since 2006 to bring together scientists, practioners, paralysis survivors and family members for a dynamic exchange of information and strategies
- with a jam packed agenda of the best science to cure paralysis
- presented by leading world scientists and others involved in raising money and advocating for a cure for spinal cord injury
- having a live blog to read about the events as they happen (2011 W2W)
- putting the main speakers up on the web so we can see the good news about the main scientific cure breakthroughs (2010&2011 W2W). These videos have been seen in over 50 countries.
And the things that U2FP does for the spinal cord injury community outside of the W2W conference.
- legislative advocacy on behalf of the spinal cord injury community
- teaching us how to be active for cure through their advocacy and fundraising toolkits
- identifying and advancing the most promising research to cure CHRONIC spinal cord injury through their Scientific Advisory Board and Advocate Research Committee.
- and giving us the tools to educate, organize, and take action for a cure for spinal cord injury.
These are the the first hand benefits that we all get from this conference and this organization, and why I made a donation to support their work.
But there is a more personal side because U2FP's work IS personal.
U2Fp understands firsthand the challenges and issues that accompany an SCI. They aren't driven to our work by a paycheque. They are driven by the love they have for the people who are injured. Everyone on the U2FP board either has a SCI or a child with one. They're passionate about moving therapies forward and witnessing recovery in our lifetimes.
The researchers they work with, recognize this and partner with them to better understand the science and work with us to advance it. The scientists and researchers understand the value of this partnership and commit year after year to participating at W2W. U2FP needs more people to support their work, so that they can develop additional strategies to support the researchers work and move us all closer to recovery.
So, even if you can't attend, you do get a benefit and I hope that you can join me in supporting U2FP's wonderful work.