Advocates for the spinal cord injury community held a rally at the Statehouse last week, led by a Taunton doctor and others who hope to restore spinal cord injury research funding in Massachusetts.
Eric Ruby, a Taunton pediatrician and co-founder of Massachusetts Walks Again, was the moderator at the annual Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day held last Wednesday. The event featured a collaboration of Massachusetts rehabilitation facilities, consumer organizations, legislators, scientists, researchers and advocates who wish to increase awareness and state funding for spinal cord injury research.
The event took place as spinal cord injury advocates are pressing for the passage of a House bill that would allow for a change to the law governing the Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund. The bill was passed in the state Senate, but remains in the hands of the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill would restore annual funding to the trust fund, Ruby said.