Just as we change, so do the cities. Twenty five years later I returned to the Queen’s land. Since I was last here in my early teens (and I still walked), it was a different city for me.
London was an incredible experience for its receptivity, accessibility and intensity. Receptivity because I could feel, since my arrival, how the bonds have grown stronger even at a distance — Lolly, her brothers Tony and Gary and their mother Maureen welcomed me as part of the family we really are. The accessibility made it possible for us to fulfill the really intense schedule we had between pubs, Paris and occasional tourism.
Our first appointment was meeting the incredible staff at Spinal Research’s office and formalise the donation of £1,500 that was collected at Stand Up for a Cure — a party which me and Lolly, representing the Cure Girls, organized in Brazil. Our next step was a visit to the lab of Dr. Liz Bradbury at Kings College, where she talked about her fifteen years of research and search for the healing of spinal cord injuries. We got to see incredible things which she uses in her studies. In the afternoon we went to the UCL lab which outlines another line of research, seeking to treat chronic injuries in humans and is funded by the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. We spoke to Charlotte who is the Finance Manager of NSIF and also the researcher Professor Ying Li and the team. We’re looking forward for the good news in the years to come! On that day I personally met Loredana, my “cure girl sister” from Italy. Hopefully, soon everyone will know even more about the projects and hopes from seven girls around the world fighting for the healing of spinal cord injuries. May the possibility of truly effective treatments for the spinal cord injury arise from this meeting. I’m still dreaming of watching a Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park — and for this to happen, both Mick & Co. and Cure Girls will need science walking by our sides. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes…”
Cure Girl Sabrina
Hi! I’m Sabrina from Brazil and I’m a Cure Girl. I met Loredana after a little “joke” on Facebook: I put a photo with other wheelchair girls seeking 50.000 “likes” to the cure of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury! It’s not a big deal, but after that I could meet some girls that share the same big dream that I have: The CURE for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury.
It was on may 2008. One day I fell off a swing that simulates surf in the air. I had always been an atlethic girl but in few seconds I became totally paralyzed shoulders down.
I work, do fisiotherapy travel, but I need somebody 24h by my side, it’s unworthy and only I can feel this pain.
Since then, I have a dream: Find a CURE to SCI. It’s not just for me, It’s for the future, for everybody. We need to show to the world how important It is to find a CURE FOR PARALYSIS.
Nobody deserves to live in a wheelchair. The world needs to know about our reality, we are not heros or the strongest person that you know but we have a free soul in a closed body. We wanna change this and we are fighting for it.
The future for Spinal cord Injury is a cure.
“If you don’t live for anything you’ll die for nothing”.