Former Motocross Champion Raising Money for Spinal Cord Injury Research

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Former motocross champion Jimmy Button and his trainer will be cycling from San Diego, California to Daytona Beach, Florida – a journey of over 2,400 miles – in 2011 to raise awareness and money for spinal cord injury research.
Button suffered a paralyzing injury to his spinal cord during a practice crash at the San Diego Supercross 10 years ago. He is one of a very few spinal cord injury victims to make a complete recovery.
Button’s goal is to raise $1 million to be donated to the University of California-Irvine Reeves Irvine Research Center in California to fund spine injury research. Donations can be made at www.milesformiraclestoday.com.
While there is of yet no “cure” for spinal cord injury, there is prevention. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), most spinal cord injuries could be prevented by:
• Following correct safety procedures and using the right protective equipment at work
• Exercising regularly
• Lifting heavy objects in the right way (letting leg muscles do the work)
• Warming up properly prior to physical activity
• Checking the depth of any body of water before diving in
• Practicing defensive driving and always wearing a seat belt
• Wearing approved helmets when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, skateboard, skates or rollerblades
• Not taking unnecessary risks while riding a horse, skiing, rock climbing, hang-gliding or jumping on a trampoline

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