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Florida Senate SealFlorida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Resolution Introduced.

This Resolution recognizes a week in November as Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week.

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A resolution recognizing a week in November, as "Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week" in Florida.

WHEREAS, the central nervous system is made up of two parts, the brain and the spinal cord, and

WHEREAS, the spinal cord is considered the "information superhighway" of the body because it contains bundles of neurons that carry signals to and from the brain, controlling many bodily functions, and

WHEREAS, after a spinal cord injury occurs, damaged neurons can no longer emit signals to or from the brain, and the injured person suffers permanent sensory loss and muscle control, and

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness WeekWHEREAS, currently there are approximately 259,000 individuals in the United States who have sustained a spinal cord injury, and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that the annual incidence of spinal cord injury in the United States, not including those who die at the scene of an accident, is approximately 12,000 new cases each year, and

WHEREAS, the most common age for spinal cord injuries is 19 years old, with 30 percent of all injuries occurring between the ages of 17 and 23, and 52 percent of all injuries occurring between the ages of 16 and 30, and

WHEREAS, more than 80 percent of spinal cord injuries occur in men and 20 percent occur in women, and

WHEREAS, the four leading causes of spinal cord injury for both men and women are auto accidents, falls, acts of violence, and recreational sporting activities, and

WHEREAS, the average annual cost of care for individuals who have a spinal cord injury ranges from $236,000 to $800,000 the first year after injury, with an estimated lifetime cost ranging between $500,000 and $3 million depending on the severity of injury, and

WHEREAS, in the past 15 years, scientists have made major breakthroughs in understanding how to encourage damaged neurons to regenerate and restore function and how to improve the quality of life for patients in areas such as infertility and pain management, and

WHEREAS, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has worked to help fund research aimed at finding a cure for paralysis, as well as improving the overall quality of life for individuals with paralysis, and

WHEREAS, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will spend a week in November, working with local governments and schools to educate Floridians about the causes of and treatments for spinal cord injuries, as well as informing the public on how to prevent these injuries from taking place, NOW, THEREFORE,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:

That week in November, is recognized as "Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week" in the State of Florida.