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For Immediate Release:
September 06, 2012
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Margoe Amador Robinson

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Commissioner Sally Heyman recognizes Miami Project to Cure Paralysis


On September 6, 2012, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4, was joined by Mayor Carlos Gimenez and members of the Board of County Commissioners to recognize Mark Buoniconti and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis for its work and commitment to the community.  The Miami Project, which is led by Dr. Barth Green, recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a revolutionary trial to evaluate the use of Schwann cells to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. 

Commissioner Heyman presented them with a proclamation for the groundbreaking work the organization continues to do.  In 2007, Commissioner Heyman underwent back surgery performed by Dr. Barth Green with procedures developed at the Miami Project. 

"In twenty-six years, the Buoniconti Fund and the Miami Project has raised over $350 million," said Commissioner Heyman.  "I believe their research, funds and commitment will raise people out of their wheelchairs."

"This approval is just as important to our field as man's first step on the moon was to the space program," said Dr. Barth Green, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Miami Project. "When we started The Miami Project, the short-term goal was to improve the quality of life of people living with paralysis, but the long-term goal remains re-establishing function and finding a cure."