Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington

Lateral Xray of Surgical Fixation.jpgMany of us wept when Superman broke his neck while riding a horse. The
 amazing brave journey of Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana, brought
 unprecedented attention and compassion to spinal cord injury (SCI) 
survivors. Their legacy is a foundation that is committed to making 
life better for people with SCI.

As attorneys, our ability to help is limited to securing courtroom
 justice. But as humans, we want to do much more. In the fall of 2010,
 SKWC partner Karen Koehler created the Spinal Cord Injury Association of
Washington (SCIAW) in association with Dr. Charles Bombardier, Ph.D,
Project Director for the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System,
Anthony Choppa, M.Ed, Owner of OSC Vocational Systems, Inc., and Jesse
Magana, spinal cord injury advocate.

SCIAW is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. SCIAW is the Washington State organization for people with spinal cord injuries and for all committed to helping them. SCIAW supports all of their interests, regardless of the cause of the injury or the severity of the impairment.

The first order of business for SCIAW is to recruit volunteers and raise
funds to implement peer mentoring. The Northwest Regional SCI System 
currently has about 40 peer mentors. But statewide mentoring is needed. 
New SCI patients are facing shorter hospital stays and rehabilitation
periods. Peer mentors have made it past the acute phase of the injury
by at least one year. They are trained and certified then matched to a
new patient. The emotional and practical support available through
peer mentoring is invaluable to a person who suddenly is faced with a
very different life.

For more information, to donate or volunteer, please visit:
http://www.sciaw.org; Twitter and FB

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On Another's Sorrow
Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief.

Can I see a falling tear.
And not feel my sorrows share,
Can a father see his child,
Weep, nor be with sorrow fill'd.

Can a mother sit and hear.
An infant groan an infant fear?
No no never can it be,
Never never can it be

And can he who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrows small
Hear the small bird's grief & care
Hear the woes that infants bear

And not sit beside the nest
Pouring pity in their breast.
And not sit the cradle near
Weeping tear on infant's tear.

And not sit both night & day.
Wiping all our tears away.
O! no never can it be.
Never, never can it be!

He doth give His joy to all:
He becomes an infant small,
He becomes a man of woe,
He doth feel the sorrow too.

Think not thou canst sigh a sigh,
And thy Maker is not by:
Think not thou canst weep a tear,
And thy Maker is not near.

O He gives to us His joy,
That our grief He may destroy:
Till our grief is fled and gone
He doth sit by us and moan.

— William Blake