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The Women’s Guild of The Miami Project

About The Women’s Guild

The Women’s Guild of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was formed in 1987 by a group of visionary women who pledged their support to a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury. The commitment shared by the Guild goes beyond caring. The women spearhead the Tree of Hope sculpture of memory and honor, an annual fundraising campaign to help fuel research.

The Women’s Guild compassion is backed by a desire to move the cure forward and they continue to do so, having raised more than $1.1 million for paralysis research to date.

For more information on the Women’s Guild, please contact Jackie Tommasino at (305) 243-9374.

Message from Terry Buoniconti, Co-Founder of The Women’s Guild

On October 26, 1985, my son Marc’s life was changed. In an instant, he became totally paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. Marc was one of 11,000 to suffer a spinal cord injury in the United States that year.

Truly devastating! I then discovered how little research was being done to cure spinal cord injury. Dr. Barth Green, a determined, dedicated and optimistic neurosurgeon, knew that more could and must be done, so together with his patients, friends and neighbors created The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis located at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

In 1988, The Women’s Guild was founded by a group of concerned women, rising to the challenge to raise public awareness and funds, to help make Dr. Green’s dream a reality — to cure paralysis.

The Women's Guild Tree of Hope
The Women’s Guild Tree of Hope is located in the Family and Education Center at the Lois Pope LIFE Center

The Healing Power of Hope

At the entrance to The Miami Project’s Family and Education Center stands the Tree of Hope. This bronze sculpture of memory and honor recognizes the generosity of donors to an annual giving campaign that will raise more than $300,000 for research. With a gift of $100 to $35,000, your name – or the name of someone you would like to honor – will be engraved on the Tree of Hope.

If you would like to support The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis with a tax-deductible gift to the Tree of Hope, complete the Tree of Hope Order Form and return it to:

Jackie Tommasino
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
1095 NW 14th Terrace
Miami, FL 33136

If you would prefer, you may send it via fax to 305-243-6017 or you may contact us by telephone at 305-243-9374.

Hope-A-Gram Program

Have you ever had to make a mad dash to your local card store because you’ve forgotten about someone’s birthday, anniversary, special event, etc? Most of us have at one time or another in our lives.

For a nominal cost of $4.00 per greeting, the Women’s Guild will mail your best wishes for a very happy occasion to those of your choice.

It’s two gifts for the price of one – a Hope-a-Gram to your friend or family member and a donation to The Miami Project.

Just complete the Hope-a-Gram Tree of Hope Order Form and fax to Jackie Tommasino at (305) 243-6017 or mail to:

Jackie Tommasino
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
1095 NW 14th Terrace
Miami, FL  33136