Four Questions for Wings for Life CEO Anita Gerhardter

When you look back at the first Wings for Life World Run, what was the most spine-tingling moment?

The first Wings for Life World Run was a fantastic event, a day full of emotion. The best bit, though, was seeing thousands of people on the starting lines worldwide, all there running for those who can’t, for Wings for Life. It was simply unbelievable.

What has happened in research since May 4, 2014?

Across the globe, brilliant brains are working tirelessly on research projects to see the end of spinal cord injury. In research like this, six months can pass in the blink of an eye, but there is light at the end of the tunnel with good news emerging from many of the projects and tangible therapy just around the corner.

The first Wings for Life World Run raised €3 million. How is that money being used?

Wings for Life is investing a large portion of the money raised by the first Wings for Life World Run into groundbreaking clinical studies into overcoming chronic paraplegia by stimulating the spinal cord with electrodes. Coupled with intensive rehabilitation training, this study could bring hope to those people who have longstanding spinal cord injury. Watch out for more news about this exciting study in December.

What is your biggest hope for the second Wings for Life World Run?

More than anything, I hope that May 3, 2014 will see even more people step up for those who can’t and run in Wings for Life World Run II. We’ve seen a lot of success in the move towards finding a cure for spinal cord injury, but there is still a long way to go. Everyone who signs up to run will help us along that path, with 100% of the entry fees going straight to research, and be a part of helping us one day reaching our goal.

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