For immediate release: March 17, 2014
FUNDS FOR SPINAL CORD RESEARCH SOUGHT TO AID INJURED POLICE OFFICERS AND VETERANS
Support Grows for Full Restoration of NYS Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
ALBANY, N.Y. – Prominent state lawmakers today joined a broad coalition of doctors, medical researchers, biotechnology pioneers and patients in urging full funding of the New York Spinal Cord Injury Research Program.
Supporters say full funding will benefit law enforcement personnel and veterans injured in the line of duty.
“Paralysis disproportionately affects those working in law enforcement and the military,” said David A. Carmel, co-founder of the coalition known as New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis. “Thousands of law enforcement personnel and soldiers have sustained serious injuries in the line of duty. The work funded by New York’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Program can make a real difference in their lives and the lives of others. But the program needs to be fully funded.”
Carmel and other coalition members welcomed the support of key state lawmakers.