01 May 2012

The May Day spirit to cure paralysis

Add your name to our appeal
I know many of you in the paralysis world don't think about May Day like I do. In fact, some of you probably think that mixing May Day and cure is not such a good idea.

But from where I sit, I don't see a really big difference.

May Day was started by those who refused to accept the status quo. Just like us in the cure movement who don't buy into the position that we'll never walk again.

May Day is about people working together to improve their lot in life. How different is this from all our campaigns? We know that one voice will not get us out of our chairs. We believe in many voices singing in unison.

May Day is international. And on the left you can see all the people from different countries who have supported our campaign to the Rick Hansen Foundation and to the California State Assembly.

So now I leave you with the words of Frederick Douglass who was born a slave, escaped to freedom, and campaigned again slavery his whole life.

The next time someone tells you that sitting and waiting for a cure for paralysis is the answer, and that we should not raise our voice too loudly or boldly, please tell them what Frederick Douglass said.

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

So please remember to add your name to our campaigns!

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