31 October 2013

Message to the Governor of Minnesota: We want cure!

Just two minutes of your time can help lead a cure to spinal cord injury across the world.

I know what you're going to say.

"Dennis, we already lost twice in California."
"Dennis, we already lost this once in Minnesota."
"Dennis, how many faxes and emails do you want me to send?"

My answer is that I want you to fax, email, write, shout, and campaign until we have cured this hell that is called spinal cord injury. 

If a fax tires you out, well, my friends, I don't know what I can rely on you to do. So here we go again and I hope you're with me and our brothers and sisters in Minnesota as you have been through all the campaigns. 

Here is the request from my good friend Matthew out there in Minnesota. He wants you to fax the Governor of Minnesota and tell him to support the Spinal Cord Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury SCI/TBI Research Grant Program.

Here's what Matthew has to say:
Next week several of us will be meeting with Governor Dayton’s healthcare policy adviser, Lauren Gilchrist, to make our case for the Governor’s support. Here’s where we need you. Below is a letter that gives a general description of what we need, why, and why its of benefit to MN. We’d like to see a strong show of support before we walk into that office. Its important that the Governor know that we speak on behalf of all those with SCI and TBI who seek an improved quality of life.

So follow the information below and send a fax to the Governor.

If you don't have a fax or don't want to spend the money faxing to California, you can use

THE FREE ONLINE FAX FORM by filling in the form below.

Don't put this off as it only take about 1 minute. If you have your own fax, you can fax it to 

Here's what you can can just copy and paste into the ONLINE FREE FAX FORM.

Dear Governor Dayton,
     Please consider supporting our efforts to publicly fund the research that seeks to find curative therapies for the paralysis that results from spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.  We are seeking your aid because the research is ahead of the money. The last decade has seen significant advances in understanding both the mechanism of injury and the obstacles to regeneration resulting in several human clinical trials at play this year. Unfortunately the small number of individuals suffering from paralysis as a result of  SCI alone (roughly 1.2 million across the U.S. and 10,500 in MN) results in a lack of financial incentive from the traditional pathways of drug/therapy discovery. As a result we are seeking the injection of public funds to further this important research.

Also, if you're in Minnesota, please make sure the Governor knows it.

Got more questions? Please send an email to matthewrodreick@u2fp.org

This campaign has ended. Thank you for all your help!

07 October 2013

California cure paralysis bill vetoed again

Once again the governor of California, Jerry Brown, has let down the paralysis community by vetoing the Roman Reed Law (AB 714). This was despite the fact that the bill had only three votes against in both houses. Last year the same governor vetoed the bill after it passed both houses. His reason then was that since the money was raised by a one dollar surcharge on moving vehicle violations, it led to fee-based government. Governor Brown believed then that the money should come from the general fund, not fees levied against Californians.

So this year, the Reed's changed the bill to do exactly as the governor wanted. The bill asked for $1 million from the general fund but he vetoed it anyway. What's his reason this year? Haven't heard yet, but I bet it will be a doozie!

Roman Reed made this comment to you who signed the card to the governor.

"To all of you brave souls who took a stand and sign our card to the governor I thank you dearly.

Under normal circumstances are response should've been enough, unfortunately the governor vetoed us.

So we're to have to double our efforts. I will be running for State office and will be introducing this bill again and we will have her cures come hell or high water we will find a away to cure paralysis.

I am Roman Reed and you have my word that we will not stop until we are walking again."

I am happy that Roman is continuing his struggle to cure paralysis, and I hope that we can all continue to support his efforts.

Dennis Tesolat
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