Roll on Capitol Hill An Experience For Our Advocates

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Roll on Capitol Hill An Experience For Our Advocates

The 2015Roll on Capitol Hill Experience Through The Eyes of Our Advocate Participants

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Spinal Cord Injury Advocates gathered from across the nation at this year’s Roll on Capitol Hill. The advocates were energized and tenacious with a strong commitment to getting the word out on The Hill.

For many, this type of face-to-face advocacy was a new and very different experience. For all of our advocates, it was an experience they will long remember and be proud of.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column]

All the steep curb cutouts, the hand burning declines in the Capitol tunnels, and even that awkward dance when there’s too many wheelchairs in a Member of Congress’ office are made worthwhile knowing we affected change on a national level.Read MoreA Capital Push

All the steep curb cutouts, the hand burning declines in the Capitol tunnels, and even that awkward dance when there’s too many wheelchairs in a Member of Congress’ office are made worthwhile knowing we affected change on a national level.

After over 100 SCI advocates met with their Senators and Representatives, many new legislators declared their support for the CRT bill––that is tangible proof that our Government will listen, we just need to get there and say something. That is where you, me, her, him, step in. We are always moving forward but going to an event such as ROCH is an energetic reminder that we have the power. This is the message I want to convey to those who were not able to come to Washington, DC, we control our destinies.

I would like to reiterate thanks to MNSCIA and United spinal Association for the opportunity to represent, advocate, and drink coffee on their behalf. As you can sense, I am ecstatic to see federal level government being responsive to our needs. Add on the dedication of our larger spinal cord injured community and I am more hopeful now than I have been a long while.

Thomas Cloyd, Spinal Cord Injury Advocate
Minnesota

2017-06-18T22:52:03+00:00 Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

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Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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