Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) that designates September 2018 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This resolution highlights the prevalence of spinal cord injuries and paralysis in the United States and applauds the work of those living with spinal cord injuries, their families, friends and the organizations that are committed to improving the quality life of these individuals and tirelessly working toward better therapies and treatments, with the eventual goal of a cure.
Senator Rubio has introduced this resolution every year since joining the United States Senate to promote the conversation about the devastation of paralysis and to bring spinal cord injury to the forefront of public awareness.
The full text of the resolution is below:
Whereas more than 288,000 individuals in the United States live with spinal cord injuries, which cost society billions of dollars in health care costs and lost wages;
Whereas there are approximately 17,700 new spinal cord injuries in the United States each year;
Whereas more than 42,000 victims of spinal cord injuries are veterans who suffered a spinal cord injury while serving in the Armed Forces;
Whereas motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries and the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries;
Whereas more than 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries to children under the age of 18 occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents;
Whereas there is an urgent need to develop new neuroprotection, pharmacological, and regeneration treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis; and
Whereas increased education and investment in research are key factors in improving outcomes for victims of spinal cord injuries, improving the quality of life of victims of spinal cord injuries, and ultimately curing paralysis: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates September 2018 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”;
(2) supports the goals and ideals of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month;
(3) continues to support research to find better treatments, therapies, and a cure for spinal cord injuries;
(4) supports clinical trials for new therapies that offer promise and hope to individuals living with paralysis; and
(5) commends the dedication of national, regional, and local organizations, researchers, doctors, volunteers, and people across the United States that are working to improve the quality of life of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and their families.