The U.S. Senate designated September as the National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month as part of the Resolution 533 introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and co-sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson, both from Florida.
The resolution passed by the U.S. Senate states, in part "...every 48 minutes a person will become paralyzed, underscoring the urgent need to develop new neuro-protection, pharmacological, and regeneration treatments to reduce, prevent, and reverse paralysis...". It continues, "...increased education and investment in research are key factors in improving outcomes for victims of spinal cord injuries, improving the quality of life of victims, and ultimately curing paralysis."
"Over the years, research about spinal cord injuries has helped treat millions of patients, while helping prevent injuries for millions more through education and awareness. But more must be done with the goal of helping those who have been affected to walk again. I am honored to play my part in having the U.S. Senate recognize Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, and help boost efforts in support of this worthy cause," said Senator Rubio.
The resolution further states that the Senate, "continues to support research to find better treatments, therapies, and a cure for paralysis" and "supports clinical trials for new therapies that offer promise and hope to those persons living with paralysis".