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Cure Medical Supports Spina Bifida Association’s Research & Awareness


Each October, the Spina Bifida Association strives to shed more light on the causes, treatment and support for this paralyzing birth condition.  The goal of this year’s #BeyondAllLimits campaign by the SBA is to increase the awareness of the Spina Bifida Community to the general population including needs, support opportunities (including community events and legislative advocacy efforts), advancements in research, and overall health care education.

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A growing number of compassionate supporters, like Cure Medical, contribute to Spina Bifida programs such as their Walk ‘N Roll fundraising events nationwide, to help provide more resources and direct support for families who have children with Spina Bifida.

According to the SBA, approximately 177,000 Americans are currently living with the challenges that Spina Bifida brings.

Spina Bifida Association4“We attend every national Spina Bifida Association conference, like the one that took place this summer in Minnesota,” Cure Medical CEO John Anderson says.  “In 2017, the SBA will hold regional meetings all over the country, and we support those events wholeheartedly too.”

“Cure Medical commits financially to supporting these events as well as local community programs because we have found that the Spina Bifida Association is tied very closely to the families they can help,” Anderson explains.  “We know that when you donate to an SBA chapter program, the money raised actually goes to improving the life of folks who have Spina Bifida.”

September + October is SBA Walk ‘N Roll Season

Cure Medical is one of many supporters who show up in spirit and with financial contributions to help Spina Bifida Association chapters host their annual chapter fundraising events — Walk ‘N Roll outings that encourage families and teams to participate in local communities across the country. These events take place every year throughout September and October.

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L to R: Matt Anderson and John Anderson spending their weekend at a Spina Bifida Walk ‘N Roll event in Las Vegas.

“We were so happy to learn that, for example in Michigan, the Walk ‘N Roll raised $26,000 to support local families who have children with Spina Bifida,” Anderson continues.

The Spina Bifida Association of the Intermountain Region raised even more with their recent Las Vegas Walk ‘N Roll, as 422 participants teamed up to fundraise $34,000 in support of local family programs for the coming year.

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How Your Dollars Make A Difference with Spina Bifida Programs

According to the SBA, every donated dollar makes a distinct difference in the lives of people who have Spina Bifida.  Their website states that 50% of the net funds raised at Corporate Chapter Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida events stay at the local chapter level and the Chapter Advisory Council decides how the funds are to be spent on local programs.

sba-how-you-helpExamples of the ways donated funds are allocated at the local level include:

  • Spina Bifida Community Networking Events
  • Scholarships to National Conference or Education Days
  • Special assistance granted to Spina Bifida families or individuals in need
  • Advocating for local clinics, state legislative improvements, and improved health care
  • Local Spina Bifida awareness and prevention
  • Mentorship programs
  • Support groups
  • Newborn baskets
  • Adaptive supplies library

The remaining 50% of net funds raised go to the National Spina Bifida Association office to cover the costs of managing and staffing the local chapter and help fund many other mission critical programs that benefit people with Spina Bifida nationwide, which include the following:

  • Plans, hosts and staffs the SBA National Conference every other year
  • Plans, hosts and staffs Education Days within Corporate Chapters service areas
  • Plans, hosts and staffs the Spina Bifida World Congress every five years to highlight and share the latest research on the care of people with Spina Bifida across their lifespan
  • Leads an Adult Advisory Committee with representatives from across the country to ensure that SBA is working to meet the needs of our growing adult community
  • Creates and disseminates surveys to various populations within the community to better understand the needs of those populations
  • Updates and improvements to the Spina Bifida Healthcare Guidelines to treat people with Spina Bifida across the lifespan
  • Management of the National Resource Center – the information, referral, and call center for anyone in the Spina Bifida community
  • Design and implementation of an annual Spina Bifida Awareness Month campaign that features stories from across the country to celebrate the SB community
  • Works to build relationships with famous personalities and sports stars to raise awareness and heighten our profile
  • Lobbies for legislation to improve the life and health of people living with Spina Bifida on a federal, state, and local level
  • Publishes a quarterly Spina Bifida magazine with tips and updates for our community
  • Builds partnerships with other NGO’s, corporate organizations, and government entities to address the needs of people living with Spina Bifida

sba-logo-2“We’ve found over and over that the Spina Bifida organizations are very efficient in getting their members the help that they need. Their volunteers have hearts of gold in donating their time and giving up their weekends,” Anderson adds. “That’s why it is always an honor and a pleasure to contribute to these events, year after year, knowing that we truly are making a difference in the life of a child with Spina Bifida.”

Questions? Need help with fundraising or recruitment for an SBA event? Contact:
Breanne Walter
800-621-3141 Ext: 31
bwalter@sbaa.org
Spina Bifida Association of America

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Cure Medical Funds Ongoing Research to Help Spina Bifida + SCI Advancements

Beyond local events, Cure Medical also supports people who have Spina Bifida by developing innovative products like their new 25-inch M14XL catheter, that was designed with feedback from catheter users in the Spina Bifida community.

“No extension tubing is needed with the Cure M14XL intermittent catheter. We have heard from users that some will resort to emptying their catheter into a water bottle and throwing that away to avoid having to transfer onto a toilet, and the M14XL eliminates the need for that as well,” Anderson adds with a smile.

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Cure Medical m14xl intermittent catheter

The Cure M14XL Intermittent Catheter is packaged in a pocket-sized wrapper that you can slip discreetly into your backpack, wheelchair bag or pants pocket.  And, best of all, the Cure Medical M14XL comes with lubricant included inside the packaging.

cure medical m14xl intermittent catheter headerLearn more about the new Cure M14XL Catheter here.

If you’d like to be one of the first people who get to try out the new, 25-inch long Cure M14XL intermittent catheter, click here to request a free sample from Cure’s distribution partner Comfort Medical!

Paying It Forward By Choosing Cure Medical

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SCI Research has been a key focus of every company Bob has lead over the last 30 years.

When you choose Cure Medical for your intermittent catheters, you are also helping to fund research to find a cure for spinal cord injury. That’s because Cure donates 10% of their net profit to neurologic research in search for solutions for spinal cord injuries and central nervous system disorders. This is what truly sets Cure Medical apart from other catheter manufacturers.

Founded by quadriplegic Bob Yant in 2008, Cure Medical strives to improve lifestyle options for catheter users by putting their money where their mouth is.  Yant is a C4/C5 spinal cord injury survivor, whose injury was caused by a diving accident in Newport Beach, CA when he was 19 years old.

Yant has since strived to find ways to make catherization more efficient, more comfortable, and less stressful for catheter users through the products that are developed and offered by Cure Medical. Yant is also on the board of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and an active fundraiser for the organization.

“The research we fund is for the study of basic regeneration of the spinal cord.  So we support neurological research even though we are a urologic company because if we can get the neurological system functioning as it should, that would be the cure for most urological needs, like catheterization,” Anderson says.

Learn more about the neurological and spinal cord injury research projects that Cure Medical supports at: http://www.curemedical.com/research-key/cureheader_homefinal

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Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

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Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...

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Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...

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Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...

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Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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