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- New Jersey State to Cut Spinal Cord Injury Research Funds
- Recent Study on US Health Care System Performance
- Good Article on Making Babies After SCI
The History of SCIS at the Chicago Marathon
Geoff Kent got into wheelchair racing after his injury and along with 6 other able-bodied runners, decided to enter the 2008 Chicago Marathon (2008 Team) as an awareness-raising event. Needless to say, our efforts did in fact raise awareness, and with this, people wanted to donate money to our cause. Our small group of 7 athletes ended up collecting over $50,000, and we witnessed firsthand what is possible when you combine a good cause with the sweat of marathon training. 13 athletes repeated the successes of 2008, in the 2009 Chicago Marathon (2009 Team) with another $50,000 raised.
In the 2010 Chicago Marathon (2010 Team), SCIS featured 45 participants and raised a staggering $108,000. The athletes and their supporters made 2010 the best year on record.
2011, in the third year of the Great Recession, SCIS matched the impressive 2010 total with a smaller squad. We expanded our wheelchair division headcount and attracted some very competitive runners. (2011 Team)