A Cure is Coming Dinner & Auction Event Saturday, October 1, 2011,

Registration Open for 2011 Event Mark your calendars now for the Seventh Annual A Cure is Coming Dinner & Auction Event for Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. See below to register now for this event! (http://theyshallwalk.org/?p=955)

Online registration is available at the link below. Simply provide your information, include any additional friends or family that will join you, and checkout using your credit card. The entire process is encrypted, so your personal information will be secure. If you would prefer to register over the phone, please contact our event coordinator, Montero Productions, at (425) 454-7055.
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The Event’s Purpose
The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation was established in 2006 so others with spinal cord injuries could access the best possible care for their disability. Michael-Ryan serves as President of the Foundation, and has organized several increasingly successful fundraising events. The A Cure is Coming auction and dinner is in its seventh successful year! The auction has allowed us to provide help to numerous members of the SCI community. We are currently working with Dr. John McDonald and Restorative Therapies LLC to bring his cutting edge approach to SCI to the Pacific Northwest in the form of a healing center, which will serve as a post-hospital rehabilitation and restorative care center for SCI victims throughout the world.
Michael-Ryan Pattison, or “MR” as his friends call him, grew up in Woodinville, Washington, where he was very active in sports and other extracurricular activities. After graduating high school, MR chose to attend Washington State University. Communications and business were his focal points. While taking a break from school with some friends, he was involved in a tragic diving accident in Lake Chelan. Despite multiple surgeries, rehabilitation at the world’s best SCI facilities, and the highest level of care, MR was left a quadriplegic, unable to move below his collarbone. With drive and determination, The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation was established to help others struggling with paralysis and spinal cord injuries. Our mission is “to build a level of awareness of and philanthropic support for those with spinal cord injuries that enable access to a range of specialized therapies focused on improving overall quality of life.”
“I’m so very thankful for the opportunities that have been placed in front of me to help others that are less fortunate, yet are in the same boat as myself. These communities of people helping us achieve our goal will continue to grow, culminating in the building of the healing center. Thank you for all you have done.
“Remember, we can do together what we could never do alone. Thanks so much.”
Auction Procurement
Please consider donating an item or service to our 2011 Live and Silent Auction. Donors will receive acknowledgment in the auction program for items included in the live auction and on bidding sheets for items in our silent auction. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with applicable laws.
All proceeds from the event will benefit The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation. Donation examples from past years include: luxury vacation packages, weekend getaways, tickets to sporting or cultural events, jewelry, fine wine, golf packages, spa treatments, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia, collectibles, hand-crafts and artwork, electronics, and deluxe appliances.
Just download and complete the Auction Procurement Form in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format, and fax or mail to the address indicated. From everyone at The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation, we thank you for your gift.

A Cure is Coming 2011:
Dinner & Auction Registration

Thank you for your interest in attending The Michael-Ryan Pattison annual dinner and auction event, A Cure is Coming. Using this link you can register and securely pay in advance using your Visa or Mastercard.
Day and Time:
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-1234
Doors open at 5:30PM followed by a silent auction, reception, dinner and live auction.
$150 Per Guest

Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance and Moves His Legs Voluntarily. Repost

Repost from click for Christopher Reeve article

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Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance and Moves His Legs Voluntarily

Regimen of Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation Plus Extensive Locomotor Training
“A Significant Breakthrough;” Results Published Today in The Lancet

Reeve Foundation
University of Louisville

Rob SummersA team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer at Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute. It is the result of 30 years of research to find potential clinical therapies for paralysis.

The study is published today in the British medical journal The Lancet.

The man, Rob Summers, age 25, was completely paralyzed below the chest after being struck by a vehicle in a hit and run accident in July 2006. Today, he is able to reach a standing position, supplying the muscular push himself. He can remain standing, and bearing weight, for up to four minutes at a time (up to an hour with periodic assistance when he weakens). Aided by a harness support and some therapist assistance, he can make repeated stepping motions on a treadmill. He can also voluntarily move his toes, ankles, knees and hips on command.

These unprecedented results were achieved through continual direct epidural electrical stimulation of the subject’s lower spinal cord, mimicking signals the brain normally transmits to initiate movement. Once that signal is given, the research shows, the spinal cord’s own neural network combined with the sensory input derived from the legs to the spinal cord is able to direct the muscle and joint movements required to stand and step with assistance on a treadmill.

The other crucial component of the research was an extensive regime of Locomotor Trainingwhile the spinal cord was being stimulated and the subject suspended over the treadmill. Assisted by rehabilitation specialists, the individual’s spinal cord neural networks were retrained to produce the muscle movements necessary to stand and to take assisted steps.

Leading researchers on the 11-member team are two prominent neuroscientists: Susan Harkema, Ph.D., of the University of Louisville’s Department of Neurosurgery, Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center and Frazier Rehab Institute, a service of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville; and V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., of the Division of Life Sciences and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Joel W. Burdick, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Caltech, developed new electromechanical technologies and computer algorithms to aid in locomotion recovery in spinal cord injury patients.

The research was funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Harkema is Director of the Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network, which translates scientific advances into activity-based rehabilitation treatments. Dr. Edgerton is a member of the Reeve Foundation’s Science Advisory Council and its International Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury.

Drs. Harkema, Edgerton and their colleagues envision a day when at least some individuals with complete spinal cord injuries will be able to use a portable stimulation unit and, with the assistance of a walker, stand independently, maintain balance and execute some effective stepping.

Relief from secondary complications of complete spinal cord injury — including impairment or loss of bladder control, sphincter control and sexual response — could prove to be even more significant.

“The spinal cord is smart,” notes Dr. Edgerton, distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology, and neurobiology at UCLA. “The neural networks in the lumbosacral spinal cord are capable of initiating full weight bearing and relatively coordinated stepping without any input from the brain. This is possible, in part, due to information that is sent back from the legs directly to the spinal cord.” This sensory feedback from the feet and legs to the spinal cord facilitates the individual’s potential to balance and step over a range of speeds, directions and level of weight bearing. The spinal cord can independently interpret these data and send movement instructions back to the legs — all without cortical involvement.

Dr. Harkema, Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, oversees the human research program there. She began her career as a postgraduate student in Dr. Edgerton’s UCLA laboratory, where he pioneered the field of locomotion with extensive animal studies. The two have been close collaborators ever since.

“This is a breakthrough. It opens up a huge opportunity to improve the daily functioning of these individuals,” concludes Dr. Harkema, lead author of today’s Lancet article. “But we have a long road ahead.”

“While these results are obviously encouraging,” concurs Dr. Edgerton, “we need to be cautious. There is much work to be done.”

To begin with, only one subject has been studied and he was an athlete in extraordinary physical condition before his injury. (Five human subjects have been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to be enrolled in the study.)

Additionally, the first subject, while completely paralyzed below the chest (C7/T1 vertebra spinal section), was rated “B” on the American Spinal Injury Association’s classification system, since he did retain some feeling below the level of injury. It is not known how these interventions will work with “A”-level patients (no cognition of sensation below the injury). Yet another issue is the stimulation equipment itself. To date, researchers have only had access to standard off-the-shelf stimulation units designed for pain relief.

Finally, in earlier published animal studies, drug interventions further heightened the sensitivity and functioning of the spinal cord’s neural network. The compounds used in animals, however, are not approved for human use; it is likely that a large investment in further pharmacological research will be required to bring such compounds to market.

More than five million Americans live with some form of paralysis, defined as a central nervous system disorder resulting in difficulty or inability to move the upper or lower extremities. More than 1.275 million are spinal cord injured, and of those many are completely paralyzed in the lower extremities.

Epidural stimulation, in the context of paralysis of the lower extremities, is the application of continuous electrical current, at varying frequencies and intensities to specific locations on the lumbosacral spinal cord corresponding to the dense neural bundles that largely control movement of the hips, knees, ankles and toes. The electrodes required for this stimulation were implanted at University of Louisville Hospital by Dr. Jonathan Hodes, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville.

“Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates proof of concept,” said Susan Howley, Executive Vice President for Research at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (which, in addition to supporting this particular work, has underwritten basic research in the field for more nearly three decades). “It’s an exciting development. Where it leads to from here is fundamentally a matter of time and money.”

Adds research volunteer Rob Summers, “This procedure has completely changed my life. For someone who for four years was unable to even move a toe, to have the freedom and ability to stand on my own is the most amazing feeling. To be able to pick up my foot and step down again was unbelievable, but beyond all of that my sense of well-being has changed. My physique and muscle tone have improved greatly, so much that most people don’t even believe I am paralyzed. I believe that epidural stimulation will get me out of this chair.”


The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck: acureiscoming.com

The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck

Race truck that can be driven by a quadriplegic

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Follow M.R. Around the U.S.—On Facebook!

Follow MR on Facebook!Join M.R. as he travels across the country to promote the Foundation’s mission of supporting those with spinal cord injuries. Check out Our Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute highlights, images, video clips and progress reports from the journey.

The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck.  The Hudson is designed and built by Randy Simmons, a California entrepreneur and inventor specializing in robotic engineering. The Hudson will be the first ever race vehicle designed to set land speed records while being controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone. Michael-Ryan will use a specially designed mouthpiece to control the throttle and steering of the Hudson. Click here for more.

What We’re Doing Right Now

The Healing CenterThe Healing Center
The Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation is seeking to establish a state-of-the-art restorative therapy center in the Seattle area. MR received the highest level of care following his injury at Kennedy Kreiger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. At Kennedy Kreiger, MR received care from Dr. John McDonald, the noted physician and research scientist who has pioneered Activity Based Restorative Therapy. MR’s vision is to establish a healing center that is of the same quality and spirit as Kennedy Kreiger. More on the Healing Center…

The Hudson Project (Updated with New Pics!)
The Foundation is sponsoring the development of a quadriplegic and paraplegic accessible 1947 Hudson Race Truck that will be raced at a minimum of 10 races, featured in auto magazines, and displayed at several auto shows throughout the US. Driven by Michael-Ryan Pattison, this vehicle will be the first ever race vehicle actually controlled and driven by a quadriplegic who has no mobility below the collar bone. MR will use a newly designed mouthpiece to control the truck!
More on the Hudson…

Disovering the Power in MeDiscovering the Power in Me
People suddenly facing the effects of a disability have two major battles to overcome early on in their new lives: physical and mental. The emphasis in rehabilitation today is on the physical, but the mental battle must be fought at the same time. A disabling injury can leave people with feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and hostility. Experiencing these feelings can lead to a state of depression and mental paralysis that delays recovery. It is essential that we include the rehabilitation of the spirit and mind while rehabilitating the Body. More on Discovering the Power in Me…

SPINALpedia is an online mentoring network that will connect the SCI community through the uploading of text and video. In partnership withDetermined2Heal, the website will allow users to surf information relevant to SCI on both a Wikipedia-style and YouTube-style base of user-generated content reflecting the diversity of challenges associated with each level of injury. SPINALpedia will be a free mentoring network that will serve the entire spinal cord injury community. More on SPINALpedia…

Our Mission

The important mission of the Foundation is to build a level of awareness of, and philanthropic support, for those with spinal cord injuries that enable access to a range of specialized therapies focused on improving overall quality of life.

Links to Our Friends

See below for organizations that have helped us to achieve our vision of strengthening the mind, body and spirit of those living with spinal cord injuries.

Determined2Heal Kennedy Krieger Institute Pushing Boundaries
Rick Hansen Foundation Seattle Seahawks Keller Williams Realty