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Message from the President

Nick and Marc Buoniconti
Nick and Marc Buoniconti

Dear Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund friends and supporters:

My family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and admiration for my father, Nick Buoniconti. He was more than a hero to us, he was loved and admired by many. Sports legend, business leader, agent, and attorney; by any measure, his list of achievements is long and impressive. Ultimately, however, he would want his legacy to reflect that he was the co-founder of The Miami Project and founder of The Buoniconti Fund. He knew instinctively that he had to lead the charge in finding a cure for paralysis. 34 years and $500 million later, we are still here, bringing dignity to thousands of wheelchair-bound individuals all over the world. This all came to fruition because of a promise he made to me in 1985 in a hospital room in Johnson City, Tennessee.

My dad approached this task the way he did everything–with the same dogged determination he brought everywhere, from the football field to the boardroom. The Miami Project, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is now internationally recognized as the preeminent research center for spinal cord and brain injuries. This achievement would have been thought impossible when I was first injured.

During his NFL Hall of Fame career, my father always represented what I have aspired to be – a leader, a mentor and a champion. He selflessly gave all to football, to his family and to those who are less fortunate. His promise to me turned into a revolution in paralysis research. His vision is being fulfilled everyday, as the important work in the laboratories of The Miami Project continues. Many have asked me what we can do to make sure my dad’s legacy continues. My answer is always the same. We best honor his dedication and commitment by continuing to work until that promise is fulfilled.

Throughout his entire life, my dad always put others before his desires and aspirations. His never-ending efforts to better humanity has earned him the well deserved title of HERO to all. Everything I am, everything I have, and everything I will ever be is because of him.

Thank you for standing up for those who can’t!

Marc A. Buoniconti
President, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
President and Chairman, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

To learn more about Mr. Buoniconti, please view his biography.