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Dance for a Difference

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Dance for a Difference

Dance For A Difference is an event like no other – inspired by the truly amazing story of pole and aerial artist, Jason Lam, who was paralysed in a training accident, this event will feature local and international pole superstars and will raise money for Spinal Research – with all profits going to Spinal Cure Australia.

This event will be nothing like anything done before. Attendees will have access to shopping before the event – with all of the most loved pole and aerial brands on hand with stalls in the lobby. There will also be chances to interact with the pole stars in this area – with shoe signings, photo opps and other fun surprises!

There will also be a raffle with the BEST prizes as donated by our wonderful sponsors. Each ticket to the event will also include 1 raffle ticket – with more tickets for sale on the night.

Proceeds will go to SpinalCure Australia.

Get your tickets now. You don’t want to miss this once off, fantastic event!

If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation here. 

The highs and lows of Steve Plain

From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, this is the story of an extraordinary man attempting to accomplish an incredible dream.

Meet Steve Plain. Three years ago, Steve was lying in hospital in Perth and was told by doctors that he may have to face life in a wheelchair. Now he is attempting to climb the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents in world-record time.

In December 2014, Steve was out on a regular swim at Perth’s Cottesloe beach when he was dumped by a wave and driven head first into the sand. Steve lay head-down in the water, unable to breathe. Lifesavers rushed to Steve’s aid, pulling him out of the water and rushing him to hospital.

In the hospital, doctors told Steve he had sustained a C2, C3 and C7 spinal cord injury as well a contorted spinal cord, ruptured disc, dissected artery, torn ligaments and more.

The initial prospect for a full recovery looked grim for Steve, with doctors predicting that he may never regain full movement.  “Lying in a hospital bed with an uncertain prognosis was frustrating and frightening. I had never felt so weak or hopeless.

What followed Steve’s diagnosis was months of intensive rehabilitation wearing a halo brace. Steve was determined to prove the doctors wrong; “…Somewhere amongst all the self-pity, I made a promise to myself that I would come through this fitter and stronger than I was before.

Steve’s sheer determination and strength led to the creation of an incredible dream; Project 7in4. Climbing the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents in under 4 months.

Steve’s world-record attempt will begin with climbing Mount Vinson in Antarctica in January 2018 and will finish off with climbing Mount Everest in May.

Whilst on his journey Steve aims to raise awareness and funds for two charities related to his accident. After his close shave with paralysis he will be helping those not so lucky by supporting SpinalCure Australia and in recognition of the help of the life savers who pulled him out of the surf, he is also supporting Surf Life Saving WA.

SpinalCure Australia’s CEO Duncan Wallace, commended Steve’s choice to raise funds and awareness for Project Edge, a collaborative venture between SpinalCure and UTS.

“We are extremely grateful to Steve for choosing to support SpinalCure after his all-too-close brush with spinal cord injury. And he’s chosen to do so in such an awe-inspiring way showing the same sort of courage needed by those who, unlike Steve, are living with the paralysis caused by these devastating injuries. The funds he raises will bring exciting, emerging treatments closer to these people, and on their behalf we extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to Steve.”

Money raised from Project 7in4 be equally divided between SpinalCure and Surf Life Saving WA.

Find out more about Project 7in4

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Partnership with Australian Turf Club helps to raise over $60,000

Earlier this year, SpinalCure was chosen as the official Charity Partner of the Year by the Australian Turf Club (ATC). The ATC places significant and genuine emphasis on community engagement, partnering with charities to provide opportunities for fundraising.

Through this partnership we have raised more than $60,000 through collections at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens racecourses, saddle cloth auctions, pin sales and other events.

The Club was also immensely supportive in helping SpinalCure hold their inaugural Racing for Research Lunch at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The event brought together more than 100 long-standing and passionate SpinalCure supporters and raised much needed funds for research.

Given the unfortunate but very real connection between equestrian sports and spinal cord injury we are grateful for high-level of support SpinalCure receives from some of the racing industry’s most notable riders and representatives. The partnership with the ATC has been a significant step in the right direction for helping those injured while participating in one of our nation’s most cherished sporting traditions.

Our sincere gratitude to the ATC, for their ongoing support and for working diligently with us to ensure that all events and donation collections ran without a hitch. Thank you also to all those who kindly volunteered to help out with collections at the races.

Project Edge update

Project Edge will be the first clinical research program outside the US to continue the development of Professor Reggie Edgerton’s ground-breaking neurostimulation treatments which are returning feeling and function to people with chronic spinal cord injury.

Professor Reggie Edgerton and Professor Bryce Vissel

Professor Edgerton, in addition to his positions at UCLA is now also a Distinguished  Professor at The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and will be joining Professor Bryce Vissel to help lead the research in the next few months.

A world-class facility is currently being constructed in UTS’ Botany facility. This arm of the new UTS Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine will house Project Edge alongside an exercise research facility incorporating a Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) NeuroMoves centre. Thanks to the Neilson Foundation and all our supporters SpinalCure has been able to commit $1million to help purchase the equipment for Project Edge.

Funding permitting clinical experiments will commence in the second half or 2018. We are working hard to raise the funds needed to make this happen and support the research team over the next 5 years.

Insurance giants back Project Edge

Two of Australia’s largest insurance firms, Swiss Re and Lloyd’s Australia have pledged their support to Project Edge. The companies hope that other insurance companies will follow suit and support the initiative, which not only will improve the life of people with a spinal cord injury but also reduce the heavy cost burden on the industry.

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L:R Mark Senkevics, MD, Swiss Re Australia & New Zealand; Chris Mackinnon, Lloyds General Representative in Australia; Duncan Wallace, CEO, SpinalCure and Professor Bryce Vissel, Director, Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, UTS.