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HELP NEEDED: Help Us Save Critical Research Funding

February 05, 2011 by Bill Strong
We. Need. Your. Help.

[it takes less than a minute]

A great "friend in the fight", the inspiring Don C. Reed and his equally inspiring son, Roman Reed, are on the front-lines battling once again in California to save funding for spinal cord injury research -- which, in turn, can benefit spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) research. Don and Roman have been big supporters of our efforts through the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation for the past few years and have had a bigger impact on spinal cord injury research than anyone else on this planet. Their efforts are tireless and their results are jaw dropping. In 1999, theywere monumental in getting the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act passed in California and this law, "Romans Law", has had a massive impact on spinal cord injury research over the last 10+ years and has had a positive impact on research of SMA.

Unfortunately, as a result of the current financial crisis and other factors, the funding for this extremely efficient and effective law has been cut off. But the door has been left open to find "other" sources of funding. And leave it to Don, Roman, and friends to fight and fight and fight and find another way. In conjunction withAssemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, they have come up with an extremely creative way to restore the funding for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund -- without -- adding -- or -- taking -- a -- single -- penny -- from -- taxpayers.

Enter the proposed AB 190:

AB 190...will impose a $3 additional penalty on all moving traffic violations and dedicate the revenue to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, which is operated by the University of California.

No good driver will be affected; no taxpayer will lose one cent.

Who benefits? Everyone.

A paralyzed person may face medical costs in the millions of dollars. Since most of us don't have such money, that means government assistance, which means taxes.

Anyone who hates taxes should support research to cure chronic disease and disability -- and here is a way to pay for it -- without costing taxpayers a penny.

You can read more about all of this in The Huffington Post piece by Don C. Reed that was published this week -- In a Perfect World: A Law to Cure Paralysis -- Paid for by Those Who May Have Caused It

So, how can you help? Simple.

[you don't have to be from California to participate -- all help is welcomed]

  1. Click HERE to email Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski at bwieckowski@ci.fremont.ca.us
  2. Then COPY and PASTE the following text into the body of the email ----->

    • Dear Assemblymember Wieckowski:I support Assembly Bill 190, which would impose a small fine on reckless drivers, the proceeds going to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund, which is operated by the University of California.

  3. Add a personal paragraph for added impact.
  4. Hit send.
  5. That's it.
Thank you so much for your support!

Talk About It

Help out our children with SMA!!!!!
Posted by Judy Martin on 2011-02-05 14:13:19
Why is it those who need help the most are the first to be cut from life saving funds? Why is it we have to carry "Tin Cups" around when we have all we can do to stand up tall in the first place. ? There is nothing we ask our Representatives for (SMA support) that we haven't already contributed the best we can already. Like soldiers our back side is not always protected like it should be. Our enemy, SMA, will one day meet it's demise- until then we will never stop fighting !!! God Bless all our SMA Families !! P.S. We Sent email off to Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski as you requested !
Posted by Brooklynn's "Gidget" on 2011-02-05 14:28:57
done, hope it helps!
Posted by Laurie on 2011-02-05 14:37:43
Done...mail sent...tks for sharing !
Posted by Courtney Mazzella on 2011-02-05 16:37:54
Done!
Posted by Jessica on 2011-02-05 18:19:38

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