The financial toll that spinal cord injury takes on the individual and/or their family can be overwhelming, often leaving them in a big financial hole paying for things insurance plans or other social safety nets do not cover. With that in mind, our friends at spinalcord.com recently developed a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to individuals with a spinal cord injury.
180 Medical is an organization that provides academic scholarships to individuals with a variety of medical conditions so they can pursue their dreams of earning higher degrees.
Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides short- and long-term assistance to individuals who sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries relating to high school football.
Although not technically a grant program, the Help Hope Live website is a great resource for individuals with spinal cord injuries who are interested in fundraising and crowdfunding. It provides a way for individuals with ever-increasing costs associated with their injuries to receive assistance from friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers.
The Kelly Brush Foundation supports and encourages spinal cord injury survivors to lead full, physically active lives. Having raised more than $4.5 million, the organization has provided grants to buy adaptive sports equipment, such as mono skis, handcycles and sports chairs for people with spinal cord injuries in 47 states.
The Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment (SCORE) is an organization that aims to provide spinal cord injury survivors with the financial assistance to improve their quality of life. The funding has helped individuals cover medical co-pays, automobile adaptations and home modifications with preference given to those injured in sports-related activities.
The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation is a nonprofit that provides spinal cord injury grants to individuals to help cover the costs of assistive medical devices, physical and occupational therapy, and other forms of treatment and assistance.
The Travis Roy Foundation provides funding to spinal cord injury research initiatives. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has provided assistive devices to paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals with spinal cord injuries via quality of life grants.