Message from the President
Each year I have the honor and privilege of being able to present the State of Research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. This year, I am proud to announce that 2016 has been a remarkable year in scientific achievement that gives us a renewed sense of hope for the spinal cord injury community.
Our scientists continue to amaze with groundbreaking efforts and human clinical trials by seeing the preliminary results of restoration of some sensation and function in a few of our paralyzed participants. The excitement surrounding The Miami Project has invigorated the spinal cord injury community, and has offered a real opportunity for a second chance of living life out of their wheelchairs.
Our entire team understands the responsibility that is on our shoulders, and know that everyone is counting on us to deliver on our promise to cure paralysis. I applaud all the many supporters who truly believe in our mission and have only grown stronger in their support of our goals.
Every week I speak to families of loved ones who have suffered an injury, and they look at The Miami Project for answers. Just like the other 12,500 new injuries every year, a family is devastated by the horrific news that their son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister will be faced with a lifetime paralysis without a cure. The Miami Project not only offers the realistic possibility of a cure, but also serves as an inspiration to instill a credible hope.
This year marks a personal mile stone in my life as I approach my 50th birthday. Over the years, I have witnessed many amazing things and have experienced a lifetime of memories. I learned to understand that one of the most important things in life is to be a positive force for humanity. We all have the ability to involve ourselves in the lives of people that need it the most.
I am more optimistic than ever about the significant and definitive future of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as we close in on a cure!
Thank you for joining us on our journey to change the world. Remember, there are millions of people in wheelchairs counting on the billions of people who aren’t.
Marc A. Buoniconti
President, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
President, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
To learn more about Mr. Buoniconti, please view his biography.