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Kevin Everett steps into the spotlight in new book ‘Standing Tall’

Published: January 31, 2008

everetttakesste-bookDrafted by the Buffalo Bills as a passcatching tight end, Kevin Everett’s career stats would seem disappointing: two catches for three yards.

But Everett has already entered the pantheon of National Football League heroes for doing what most athletes take for granted – walking. On Oct. 9, 2007, one month after falling paralyzed to the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf after a tackle, he took a few steps in a Houston Rehabilitation center.

Today, Everett makes his post-football television debut on “Oprah” to talk about his injury and recovery. “Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story,” a book about his ordeal, goes on sale Friday.

House would shift burden of brain-injury research

Published: January 31, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS — The House passed a bill yesterday that will shift the cost of research for spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries to all Hoosier vehicle owners — not just those who have motorcycles.

House Bill 1318 eliminates a controversial $10 fee that lawmakers added to motorcycle registrations last year, a move that irritated bikers across the state.

Rep. Carolene Mays, D-Indianapolis, sponsored last year’s proposal and this year’s bill. Mays said yesterday that she never intended for motorcycle owners to bear the full cost of the research, but that last-minute changes in the budget left them on the hook.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million in Individual Research Grants

Published: January 31, 2008

Foundation Continues Research Initiatives in Search of a Cure and Therapies for Paralysis

SHORT HILLS, N.J., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (CDRF), which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy, today announced it has awarded $1,996,745 million to 16 laboratories through its Individual Research Grants Program. At the forefront of molecular and cellular studies, CDRF’s Individual Research Grant Program is the Foundation’s largest, most comprehensive research initiative. The grants awarded today represent an overall $77 million commitment to research by the Foundation since 1982.

Kevin Everett on Oprah

Published: January 31, 2008

7804704_bg1For the first time, Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett tells his amazing story of recovery from a spinal cord injury. News 4’s Mylous Hairston has more on Everett’s appearance on today’s Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah, “We’re honored to introduce miracle man, Kevin Everett.”

Many call it a medical miracle. Kevin Everett is walking, moving, following a devastating injury during last season’s Bills opener.

Kevin Everett, injured Bills player, “It was kind of scary just laying there. I had some negative thoughts going on in my head.”