Over 200 wheelchair users and advocates gathered today in a rally in Upper Senate Park for the annual "Working 2 Walk" rally organized by Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, in association with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Scientists and patient advocates came together to listen to personal stories of individuals living with paralysis, sharing their sense of hope and stressing the need for more funding for the National Institute of Health, passage of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act and reversing the anticipated veto of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.
World-renowned cure researchers, including Dr. John McDonald and Dr. Wise Young attended, while actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell hosted the rally to help lead the fight for a cure for paralysis. Long-time friend and supporter of Christopher and Dana Reeve, Senator Hillary Clinton, came to show her support as well. Wheelchair activists from around the globe, including France and Australia, made the rally an event not to be forgotten.
Marilyn Smith, Co-Founder of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, enthusiastically stated, "Working to Walk started on Sunday with inspiring updates from the top scientists in the field, only to be followed by this amazing turnout today. Each year just gets better and bigger. Together, we are carrying on the legacy of Christopher & Dana Reeve."
As the rally came to a close, the activists eagerly parted to attend scheduled legislative meetings with representatives from their states.