Daily Archives: April 2, 2007
The number of spinal cord injuries among senior citizens (age 70 and above) has increased five times in the past 30 years, as compared with younger spinal cord injury patients, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson’s Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley recently reported.
As the population within the United States ages, it is estimated that 20 percent of its population will be older than age 65 by the year 2040, and will likely impact spine surgeons and spinal cord Rehabilitation centers as these patients become a larger proportion of the spinal cord injury (SCI) population.
The founder of Gateway to a Cure has been indicted on 22 counts of mail fraud by a federal grand jury.
Lou Sengheiser is accused of using money raised by the charity to credit card expenses, buy vehicles and make home mortgage payments.
According to the indictment, from January 1, 2002 through May of 2006, Gateway solicited most of its money through raffles operated by Sengheiser. Almost $2 million was raised through four raffles, but less than $40,000 was actually donated for spinal cord injury research.