Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington
Many 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