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Wings for Life  Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with the single mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

"I sustained a spinal cord injury after a snowboarding accident and now I am paralyzed from the chest down which means I can´t move my fingers anymore. Despite this, I still love painting and made my dream come true when I opened an art gallery. Recently I auctioned one of my artworks at a golf event and raised money for Wings for Life. Spinal cord injury has to become curable. I want to feel free again. Jump and dance again. I want to feel grass under my toes and warm water on my skin. That is my biggest wish for me and other people with this devastating injury." -Tina Hötzendorfer, artist #thankful #greatsupport #friends #helpusfindacure #donate #spinalcordinjury #research

A a completely new approach for chronically injured patients 😲👨‍🔬A team headed by Karim Fouad from the University of Alberta, Canada, discovered that triggering mild inflammation can open a “second window” for nervous system adjustments. This helps to improve regeneration in later stages 🙌🏼 Learn more on our website. #research #news #uptodate #spinalcordinjury

Wings for Life World Run participant Gisele tells us her story: "My accident was really unusual. I’m a sleep-walker and I fell out of a window into the courtyard of where I lived. I was on the seventh floor. It sounds crazy and like a joke, and like many other funny moments before that in my life, but this one changed my whole world. I broke two vertebras (t11 – t12) and suffered a spinal cord injury.
I was at the hospital for three long months but I always tried to keep my good humor. I stayed strong and was determined to break through boundaries and keep going.
Fighting back to normality happened gradually. After making some changes and adaptations, I'm now able to do the things I love and that make me happy. For example, I like to swim, to ride my hand bike and to go travelling with friends and family. I want to keep doing all that is possible and focus on what makes me happy and to also keep believing in the cure for spinal cord injury.
It’s a hope that life can be better again. Autonomy is the word. My dream is that one day nobody needs to live a restricted life, but instead can live their lives to the full.“ #storybehind #spinalcordinjury #hope #dreams #future #research #cure #autonomy

“I firmly believe that cures for spinal cord injury-associated disabilities are near. Right now is one of the most exciting times in the history of neuroscience research. Our current level of understanding of nervous system development, injury and regeneration, taken with the powerful tools we now have to address the many important remaining questions, is allowing research to progress at previously unimaginable speeds", says Neuroscientist Josh Burda. You can find the whole interview on our website 🙌🏼 #spinalcordinjury #cure #interview #neuroscience #research #goodcause #hope

We are thrilled to announce the only female tetraplegic to be granted a racing licence, self-confessed speed freak and recently appointed President of the FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission, @nathaliemcgloin, as our newest Ambassador. “Wings for Life keep the hope alive and I am absolutely dedicated to helping them win this fight.” ✨

"The spinal cord is 44 cm long and has a diameter of only 1 cm. It is not thicker than a pencil ✏️If you touch it, it would feel like gelatin. And it is extremely fragile. Fortunately, it is well protected within a thick layer of bone, three meninges and the cerebrospinal fluid. But if an injury is too strong, all that protection is insufficient and the complex and delicate tissue is severely damaged 💥

No spinal cord injury is like the other, so it's difficult to explain the complicated processes that happen hours to months later. Some events overlap in time and even influence each other. In any case, the spinal cord enters an emergency mode. It tries to repair or limit the damage." Read more about what happens after a spinal cord injury in biologist Vieri Faillis blog on our website 🤓👨🏽‍💻 #blog #spinalcordinjury #science #knowledge #cure #wingsforlife #worldrun

When we reminisce on memories like this, we immediately get such a special and united feeling. We call it the "Wings for Life World Run feeling" 😍🙌🏼
It's amazing how spinal cord research benefits from this unique run. 🤙🏼You can find all of our funded projects on our website.

❗️Researchers in the US have found that astrocytes can help repair a spinal cord injury. Now there is new knowledge about a regulating factor ❗️
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Astrocytes “seal” the lesion by forming a so-called glial scar which is a physical barrier that inhibits the growth and regeneration of axons. This limitation of the injury is also helpful because it prevents the spread of inflammation and the increase in the injury. Recently, it was also shown that astrocytes also support axon regeneration and thus the outgrowth of injured nerve cells. Binhai Zheng of UC San Diego's School of Medicine and his team now has new insights into what influences the regulation of astrocytes. The enzyme LZK plays a key role here. To understand the regulation of the cells after an injury is enormously valuable for spinal cord research. LZK has now been discovered as a key enzyme for the astrocyte response and thus as an interesting target molecule. Now it is important to find the right balance to be able to affect the recovery after injury with the right dosage. 👉🏼Find more information on our website. .
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#research #scientists #news #astrocytes #mission #spinalcordinjuries #progress #cure

❗Swiss scientists might have found a way to restore a bypass of the spinal cord injury and restore some functions 🙌🏼 Find more on our website.
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Part 2:
"However, I also felt sorry for some of them, because their bodily functions often didn’t return. Many young people remained ventilated and had to learn how to control their wheelchairs with their chins or mouths. I don’t know if I could have done that…”
Leonie was soon allowed to return home for test runs. Slowly but surely, she regained control over her bowel and bladder - a huge step. “I was overjoyed with this new-found independence.”
Twice a week, the now 18-year-old is required to attend physiotherapy and occupational therapy. “What remains from by severe injury is the limitation of my finger movements.” Manuela continues: “You also do lack power in your triceps. Every proposed arm movement above head-level is difficult. Leonie is, for example, not able to take the toaster out of the cupboard, because it’s a little higher up. She can’t tie a braid herself. She can’t swim and she’s quite shaky on her legs when she’s tired.” That’s why Manuela supports her daughter as best she can. She witnessed how patient Leonie was with herself every little step on the way. “We saw young people who are unable to move due to a spinal cord injury. I am aware that this could also have been Leonie’s fate. Especially as a mother, I want there to be hope for all the other parents whose children have suffered such an injury. Nobody should be without hope after an accident. If there is no research, nothing will ever change…” .
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#mothersday #relationship #mother #daughter #family #spinalcordinjury #SCI #lifechanging #wingsforlife #research #cure

Part 1:
Leonie’s life - and thus the life of her entire family - was turned upside down on the 21st of October 2016. "A friend of mine lost control of his fully occupied car and crashed into a tree at an angle.“ Leonies doctors diagnosed a severe craniocerebral trauma, cerebral haemorrhages, and injuries from the 4th to the 7th cervical vertebra. “Upon my arrival, I was told that I should probably say goodbye to my daughter”, says Manuela. Even one and a half years after the accident, this terrible advice still haunts the mother of three.
Leonie underwent emergency surgery the same night. “Afterwards the senior physician told us that Leonie was paralysed from that vertebra downwards.” Her breathing was also affected. The young girl was kept in artificial deep sleep for four weeks. In order to spend as much time as possible in the ICU, Manuela decided to close her photography studio. “At first, I just sat with her. As she slowly regained consciousness, we noticed that she understood us and was able to react. It was a huge relief.”
For Leonie, everything was pretty blurry at the time - also due to the painkillers she was given. Once she successfully passed all neurological tests, her cranial bone was replaced during a third surgical procedure. Leonie was admitted to a station that specialises in ventilated patients. “When my husband and I left the room, I cried in despair for the first time.” Shortly thereafter, the parents started adapting their home.
Leonie soon made progress and her hopes were confirmed when she managed to wilfully press her foot against a pillow for the first time.
She was subsequently transferred to the general ward and weaned off the opiates and made further progress by the week. “Soon after, I was put in a wheelchair. That was good, because I could really move my arms for the first time.” In the course of her daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy she even attempted to stand up. “I felt quite dizzy, but I was able to stay on my feet with a little assistance. It was nice that some patients saw me as a role model. They were motivated not to give up" .... to be continued. Stay tuned to hear the remainder of Leonie's story!

How to sum today up in one image... the support, the emotion, the global movement 🌎 We are now one step closer to finding a cure because each and every person decided to run for those who can’t 😁 #spinalcordinjury #cure #hope #belief

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