Message from the Chairman
It's been fifteen years since the Sam Schmidt Foundation was formed in my hospital room with friends and family in St. Louis after I became a quadriplegic during IndyCar testing.
We finalized the CPN Challenge Program targeting spinal cord injury, the goal of which will be functional recovery for millions of people throughout the world. I can sit here and say I am truly one of the lucky ones. I have a beautiful wife and family, am a successful business owner, I'm still pursuing my dream of winning the Indy 500, and I am financially secure. This is not the case for most people who are paralyzed as many live on $25,000 or less annually and struggle emotionally, physically, and financially.
CPN's Board became dissatisfied with funding research that continued to bring great but extremely slow scientific results. We made the decision to work with researchers from around the world to design a bold, audacious approach to this research. Our goal is to positively impact the world by improving the lives of spinal cord injured (SCI) and those living with any form of paralysis. Achieving functional recovery from chronic SCI will be a historic milestone in the advancement of human knowledge and empowerment. The dramatic moment when an individual previously diagnosed with irreversible paralysis takes his or her first step without any devices will be celebrated around the world. It will be a testament to humanity's progress in the mastery of science and nature.
All of us affiliated with CPN are working diligently to engage an expanding circle of friends, but we remain highly dependent on our most loyal and successful friends—including you—who can make the greatest difference. The importance of your financial support at any level and advocacy cannot be overstated.
Thank you for your past and continued support and I look forward to keeping you informed as we advance our mission.