‘Massachusetts walks again’ goes to state house for spinal cord awareness month


September is spinal cord injury awareness month.

The organization ‘Massachusetts walks again’ went to the state house to highlight the research aimed at helping people who struggle with a spinal cord injury. 

Wednesday’s event was held to inform the public and to encourage lawmakers to make changes that will improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries. 

While the Baker administration supports efforts to help people living with  Spinal Cord Injuries, advocates feel more could be done.

Chris Hoeh from United Spinal told 22News, “To provide more funding to Mass Health, so that people can get the personal care assistance, medications, and medical care, so that is essential so that we can be active participants in th community.”

Nearly 17,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury in the U.S.every year and an estimated 400,000 people are living with SCI.

Many spinal cord injury patients are younger, active people who were running, biking, skiing or diving when a split second accident changed their life. These injuries are often preventable. 

 Doug Frey President of the Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal added, “Be careful, especially if you’re older don’t get up on a ladder, and if you’re younger wear a helmet if you do active sports and just be aware of the risk of your spine.”

Frey said people need to consider and manage the risk of their activities. One bad decision can change a life in a matter of seconds. 

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