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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Marc A. Buoniconti
Marc A. Buoniconti

This year marks our 36th year for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Despite the many challenges, The Miami Project has thrived with steady research advancements and novel clinical programs, all of which continue to change people’s lives.

Under the leadership of Scientific Director, Dr. Dalton Dietrich and Co-Founder Dr. Barth Green, The Miami Project researchers have made some of the most incredible groundbreaking discoveries. Our basic research programs have been so successful that we have translated multiple research studies into clinical trials that are changing people’s lives now. And yes, paralyzed people are walking again and gaining more function every day.  That’s what The Miami Project is about, improving the quality of life of all spinal cord and brain injured people as we search for the cures that will change their diagnosis.

But it’s beyond that also. The Miami Project research has significant implications for many other neurological injuries, diseases and disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS and other neurodegenerative issues. The Miami Project has changed the lives of so many, and we are just getting started.

“I think my dad would be so proud of everything that we have been able to accomplish. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the last moments I spent with him. He looked me in the eyes and made me promise never to give up until a cure is found.”

Thanks to the amazing Christine E. Lynn, the doors of the new Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial are now open, and it is one of the of the premier rehabilitation institutions in the world. It is the first center that combines traditional rehabilitation with The Miami Project’s clinical research programs, allowing patients the opportunity to maximize their potential. Every rehab patient now has access to multiple clinical studies and trials all under one roof. Never before has there been a place that offers this level of availability to care and research, from the moment of injury to the moment of discharge and beyond. The best trauma center in the world, the best patient care in the world, in the best rehabilitation center in the world, and The Miami Project is at the center of it all. The entire team is focused on delivering on my dad’s promise that we will find a cure for paralysis.

I remember the day that I lay paralyzed on the football field fighting for my life. I never thought it would lead us to this moment of enormous excitement, because now I believe that cures are just over the horizon. I think my dad would be so proud of everything that we have been able to accomplish. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the last moments I spent with him. He looked me in the eyes and made me promise never to give up until a cure is found. Let’s continue his legacy. Join hands with me, Dr. Green, Dr. Dietrich and everyone who is part of this amazing journey of discovery. Let’s finish the job and fulfill his promise!

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.