About Unite 2 Fight Paralysis

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis originated from a simple discussion on an internet message board in early 2005.  Members were adrift after losing their most visible advocate and spokesman, Christopher Reeve.  What if they – ordinary people affected by paralysis – met in Washington and lobbied for paralysis cure research and passage of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act?

Three months of feverish work resulted in a successful one-day rally. 150 people, who had met only via the internet, learned the power of unity and advocacy. That April day was a turning point for 3 members of the rally’s steering committee. After meeting face-to-face and sharing the energy of that first rally, they realized that their work had only begun. Later that spring the 3 women founded Unite 2 Fight Paralysis (U2FP), a 501©3 organization dedicated to the education, unification and empowerment of all survivors of paralysis.

Following the 2005 Rally, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis expanded its efforts and hosted a 3-day Working 2 Walk Symposium and Rally in 2006 and 2007.  Leaders in the quest to find a cure for paralysis came from around the globe to participate.  Working 2 Walk has now become an annual event that is eagerly anticipated by researchers and patient advocates alike.

Following Working 2 Walk 2006 , U2FP launched Bridges 2 Hope, an online book of stories from the paralysis community. U2FP was recognized by Squidoo as “One of the 59 Smartest Orgs Online” for Bridges 2 Hope, a project that gives a face and voice to survivors of paralysis.

From its humble beginnings, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis has rapidly grown into a nationally recognized leader in the cure effort.  The leadership team now includes volunteers from around the country.  In the midst of growth, however, U2FP has stayed true to its grassroots origins, and continues to represent those who live with paralysis on a daily basis. Members are passionate and dedicated in their determination to see a cure, and believe the best way to achieve their dream is to present a united & consistent message to government, industry, science and the general public.

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
5640 Alder Rd
Hood River OR 97031

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