Community Partners: The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team is housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center and includes more than 250 scientists, researchers and clinicians who take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.
The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative will take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies with the approval of the FDA. The Miami Project is well positioned and confident that we have the expertise, knowledge and drive to navigate through the process and continue to initiate new human clinical trials. Since its inception, The Miami Project has worked carefully and diligently towards these goals and the results show that the time is right to take these important steps into humans.
Each year, The Buoniconti Fund team produces a video that shows the progress The Miami Project has made in the past year. This video is intended to inform and inspire our friends and donors on the amazing and incredibly encouraging things going on each and every day at The Miami Project.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Research (www.themiamiproject.org/research)
The broad scope of research carried out at The Miami Project has focused on answering questions that help define human spinal cord injury and reveal strategies for repair. Read about The Miami Project’s latest research, clinical trials initiative and more.
Events Calendar (www.thebuonicontifund.com/bfcalendar)
The Buoniconti Fund hosts events throughout the country that include gala events, golf tournaments, happy hours, game nights, etc.
Great Sports Legends Dinner (www.thebuonicontifund.com/gsld)
The Sports Legends Dinner has gained a reputation for uniting individuals from the worlds of sports, business and entertainment. More than 1,300 supporters attend this high-profile event each year, which pays tribute to Great Sports Legends and Honorees from different categories. Since the Great Sports Legends Dinner was created in 1985, the event has honored more than 286 sports legends and honorees and raised more than $75 million for The Miami Project's spinal cord injury research programs.
Save the date: 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner
Monday, September 24, 2012
Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational at The Bear’s Club with Jack Nicklaus (www.thebuonicontifund.com/bearsclub)
Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus along with Nick and Marc Buoniconti will host the 10th Annual Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational. The event will be held at Nicklaus' private course, The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $5 million for The Miami Project's paralysis research programs.
National Chapters (www.thebuonicontifund.com/chapters)
The Chapters raise awareness and funds through various events and campaigns within their communities, some featuring a local or regional theme. Chapter fundraisers have included Wine Tasting, Poker and Casino Night, Comedy Night, Crabfeast, Game Night with football or baseball, Happy Hour, Golf Tournament, Reverse Raffle, Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner, Silent & Live Auction, Marathon and more.
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Every day the scientists at The Miami Project are finding new insights and discoveries as they uncover the mysteries of how the central nervous system works. The research that they are doing is bringing us closer to the day that they will be able to conduct human clinical trials to find a cure.
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