“Charitable” isn’t the first word which usually springs to mind when you think of a Goldman Sachs banker.
But Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster, who left the investment bank at the height of the financial crisis, is now a rising star in the not-for-profit world. Her charity, the Walkabout Foundation, has won the backing of both former and fantasy Presidents (Bill Clinton and Martin Sheen) and she has walked hundreds of miles to fund its work – all while living off her savings.
Walkabout, which she founded with her elder brother Luis in August 2009, has two goals: to distribute wheelchairs in the developing world and to help find a cure for paralysis.
Paralysed from the elbows down and confined to a wheelchair, Dan Eley could be forgiven for being bitter with life.
The 33 year old from Witley broke his neck while teaching in Colombia.
Unable to afford the specialist flight home an internet campaign raised enough money to bring him back.
But the former charity worker is now planning to return to Colombia to realise his dream of setting up charity for homeless children.
It was New Year’s Day 2010 while swimming in a Colombian lagoon that Dan’s life changed for ever.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a leading national charity providing help and support for spinal cord injured people.
This year it has joined forces with other charities, including ASPIRE, to promote Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, on Friday 20 May.
Nick and Marc Buoniconti hosted a dinner tonight honoring philanthropist extraordinaire Christine E. Lynn’s $10 million donation to name the Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The contribution matches the largest gift ever given to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project.
The gift will not only name, but fund the human clinical trials initiative at The Miami Project. Research that is part of this initiative is in the translational phase and is being readied for clinic by undergoing the rigorous United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process. Currently, Miami Project researchers are in the process of seeking FDA approval for the first ever Phase 1clinical trial involving Schwann cell transplantation. These funds will go a long way in moving this important research forward and to laying an important foundation for future clinical trials.
Paralysed Devizes man Andrew Farrow is taking part in a ground-breaking medical study which involves him rowing 100 kilometres.
Mr Farrow, 45, is paralysed from the chest down but is using a specially adapted Concept 2 rowing machine.
Straps are put over his shoulders to keep himself upright and electrodes attached to his legs which send an electric current to make his paralysed muscles contract.
A woman who is wheelchair-bound after a horrific car crash is to leap from an aeroplane to help others with similar spinal injuries.
Tanya Hawes, 35, was paralysed from the neck down after being involved in a car accident 10 years ago.
But Tanya, from Red Lodge, near Newmarket, has always been determined not to let her disabilities stop her achieving her goals.
The SpecialEffect Charity, which runs the GameBase, began as a result of an award winning Ace Centre Project.
SpecialEffect is dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. We’ll do whatever it takes, because we’ve seen first hand what a kick-start effect they can can have on motivation, inclusion and quality of life.
BEING left paralysed after falling 13ft from a window is not stopping brave Allyson Capron from taking on a skydive to raise money for charity.
The 29-year-old had been sitting on a windowsill at a friend’s house when other guests accidentally knocked into her causing her to fall from the partially-opened window.
Allyson was told by doctors that she had broken her back and would probably never walk again
Eddie Murray planted a big kiss on the side of Mike Utley’s face Monday.
From his wheelchair, Utley fought Murray off before he could deliver a second.
“I know he hates that,” Murray said, laughing. “But I love the guy.”
Murray, 53, one of the NFL’s most successful kickers ever, is still amazed, he says, with Utley’s courage and commitment. They were Lions teammates when Utley, an offensive guard, was paralyzed from the waist down in a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Silverdome on Nov. 17, 1991.
As an unemployed single mother with four children, Maria Rodriguez already has a tough life. But it’s been even tougher lately.
The old van Rodriguez relies on to transport her 15-year-old son, a quadriplegic, broke down — the transmission, the air bags, the motor for the ramp. Then the home she was renting was foreclosed, and she had to move. The security deposit for a new place in Escondido ate up her savings.
The events might have ruined her family’s Christmas. But help has arrived — from people who understand.