International Center For Spinal Cord Injury Receives $20,000 Donation From Iowa Group To Advance Spinal Cord Injury Research

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January 22, 2008
Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment (S.C.O.R.E.) Commits Funds to Kennedy Krieger's World-Renowned Center

(Baltimore, MD) - The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute recently received a $20,000 donation from the Iowa-based Spinal Cord Organization for Research and Enrichment (S.C.O.R.E.) to support the Center's promising and innovative research. ICSCI will use the funds to support stem cell and regeneration research, specifically applying the donation to primate studies currently underway in Columbia, South America.

S.C.O.R.E. raised the money as part of an inspiring fundraising effort. In 2002, Donnie and Jyl Waters of Cumberland, Iowa founded S.C.O.R.E. after Jyl was paralyzed as a result of a fall on the family's farm. After struggling to understand and cope with Jyl's injuries, her brother, Brooke Turner, a well known Iowa and Nebraska entertainer, poet and songwriter, rode over 700 miles on his horse from Iowa to Nashville, performing a song dedicated to Jyl to raise awareness and money for spinal cord injuries. While on his journey, Brooke met Dr. John McDonald, ICSCI director, and Pat Rummerfield, record-setting athlete and patient relations liaison at ICSCI. This meeting inspired Jyl to pursue the advanced restorative therapies treatment approach used at ICSCI.

"ICSCI is extremely honored to accept S.C.O.R.E.'s generous $20,000 donation, which is a testament to the dedication and determination of Jyl, Brooke and all those involved with S.C.O.R.E.," said Dr. John McDonald. "Jyl and her family are a true inspiration to everyone facing spinal cord injuries. This contribution will have an immediate impact on our research as we continue to explore breakthrough treatment methods for spinal cord injury patients."

The annual ride to Nashville has grown into numerous walks and rides with auctions, raffles, dances, concerts, wheelchair basketball competitions, motorcycle poker runs, t-shirt sales and other fundraising events. S.C.O.R.E. also reaches out to newly injured patients and their families to provide support and offer guidance on how to cope with these life-changing injuries.

"Through this true community effort, we are able to raise funds that will contribute to the cutting-edge research conducted at ICSCI," said Jyl Waters of S.C.O.R.E. "Science holds the key to a cure and we want to do everything in our power to advance research and treatment."

About the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute is the first center of its kind dedicated to restoration recovery of chronic spinal cord injury and paralysis, with a special focus on children. The interdisciplinary team at ICSCI is committed to the philosophy that with the right combination of therapies, recovery is always possible-even many months or years after an injury. The center's therapy programs follow techniques that have shown great promise in helping individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement and independence, as well as achieve improved health and quality of life. For more information on ICSCI, visit For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

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