Five to Stay Alive: Paralysis-Cure Bill Faces Key Committee Vote in California
Posted: 06/25/2012 6:58 pm

This Tuesday a vote will be held in Sacramento on whether to allow the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act to go forward. So near, and yet so far. Nine members of the Transportation and Housing Committee are voting, and we need five "yes" votes to stay alive. What if one person is in a bad mood that day? It is so easy to say no.

I am the dad of Roman Reed, the paralyzed young man who inspired California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999. The program was highly respected and successful, twice renewed by unanimous vote of Assembly and Senate, until its funding was eliminated. Now, we are fighting to put that funding back.