Hey readers! The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is back with more groundbreaking spinal cord research news, inspirational research studies, and standout stories of individuals living life to the fullest despite limitations caused by paralysis. My name is Ashley Moore and this is my advice column written specifically for individuals living with paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury or neurological disorder and their families and friends.
With everything online, on TV, and on the radio consisting of one topic, politics, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the most famous paraplegic politician in US history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sadly, President Roosevelt did not live to see the enormous amounts of hope The Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund has given to paralyzed individuals all over the world.
Before becoming the United States’ 32nd president for 12 straight years, Franklin D. Roosevelt became paralyzed from the waist down after suffering from polio. He would hide it from the public for most of his presidency. However, President Roosevelt did not allow his paralysis to get in the way of leaving one of the most admirable presidential legacies the United States of America has ever seen.
It would take me at least a few years’ worth of Ash’s Advice articles to give President Roosevelt the acknowledgment he deserves. Don’t worry; I will not put you through that. I would, however, love to brag about three historical breakthroughs in the progression of the great country we live in today started by this presidential paraplegic.
A man battling through life with paralysis was able to become one of the first and most prominent civil rights figures in American history after signing Executive Order #8802, which prevents religious and ethnic discrimination for defense contractors. The New Deal, a brilliant idea brought into the world by President Roosevelt, a man who could not move his own legs, was the start of social security and most social welfare programs Americans benefit from today. Finally, President Roosevelt, a president who would not let his paralysis define him, financed and marshaled support for the US involvement in World War II, one of the main reasons the Allies were able to defeat the Nazi regime.
All of these history making events involved a person just like me who would get up and make a difference every day even though he could not physically get up. Franklin D. Roosevelt is a fine example of what people like me can do when given hope that paralysis has not rendered them useless to the world. By supporting The Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis you too can give life changing hope to someone trapped in a wheelchair by paralysis. Help find the cure with your financial help and watch what a paralyzed individual like me can create from hope.
The writer, Primo Levi, once said “… I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong…” and I could not agree more. My name is Ashley Moore and this is my story of strength.
In March of 1998 my mother, sister and I were involved in a head-on car collision leaving me paralyzed from the neck down. After becoming a quadriplegic, I was relocated from my hometown in Tallahassee, Florida to Miami, Florida for more advanced medical care. Soon after, my parents were given the hopeless news that I would never walk again. My parents’ expectations of a bleak future for me were quickly crushed by one visit from Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. With a smile on his face, Marc informed us about the advancements towards finding a cure for paralysis being made by The Miami Project. Given hope that we never thought would be possible, my parents and I decided then and there to do whatever we could to help the vision of The Miami Project become a reality and we never looked back.
I am now a happy, healthy and determined 24-year-old with a future purely because of the resources and technology made available by spinal cord research being conducted by The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. I have been blessed enough to graduate from high school on time and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. Immediately after graduation, I decided to come back to Miami and continue to help The Miami Project in any way I could while pursuing my writing on the side. I wanted to give people like me the one thing that has always made me strong, the hope that I will one day be given my freedom back and live my life without being trapped in a wheelchair.
Years later, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is in the midst of conducting clinical trials on individuals with acute and chronic spinal cord injuries. I become stronger every time I hear about the success of each clinical trial.