The Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Smith & Wollensky hosted Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception toÂ celebrate the lazy days of summer and to raise funds and awareness for the amazing spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis,Â the worldâ€™s largest spinal cord injury research center. Guests enjoyed chef selected hors d’ouevres, cocktails, and a chance in winning prizes and exciting giveaways throughout the night.
The Miami Chapter was established in 1992, and is currently led by Volunteer Regional Director David Del Cristo.Â This was the first volunteerÂ Chapter to beginÂ grassroots efforts of raising funds and awareness for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.Â In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped foundÂ The Miami Project to Cure ParalysisÂ after Nickâ€™s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the worldâ€™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 Projectâ€™s Clinical Trials are designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Some of the trials are one of a kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.
Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo