MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Marc A. Buoniconti
Marc A. Buoniconti

Dear Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund friends and supporters:

It’s hard to believe that it has been over a year since we lost my dad, and my how the world has truly changed in that time. Despite the ongoing pandemic, I know that my father would be proud to know that the mission continues as we accelerate our research in the safest and most expeditious ways possible. As we celebrate our 35th year, there is much to be proud of, but so much more to do to ensure that all our friends in wheelchairs get their cure. By now everyone has heard about the promise that my dad made to me to do everything in his power to find a cure for paralysis. I carry that promise forward and will not rest until we succeed. The Miami Project, under the expert leadership of Drs. Barth Green and W. Dalton Dietrich, is well positioned to not only deliver for those who are paralyzed, but for all suffering from neurological injuries, diseases and disorders.

The revolution in neuroscience research that has been underway at The Miami Project these past three and a half decades has literally transformed the practice of medicine. The Miami Project, once a fledgling outfit, is now a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and is 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, but thanks to you and our loyal friends and donors we are closer to a cure than ever. And to add more good news to our story, I am happy to report that the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial is now open. It is now one of the country’s elite facilities for patients recovering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, and other complex conditions.  As you can see, The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund remain all-in in the quest to achieve our ultimate goal of curing paralysis.

So as I reflect on these past 35 years, I do so with great pride because of the tremendous strides we’ve made in the field, but I know that the job is not finished yet. That knowledge is what fuels me and the rest of the team at The Miami Project each and every day and we will not rest until a cure is found.

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.