Sam Schmidt Foundation dba Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: PO Box 3661 Princeton NJ 08543 USA

Mission: The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) is leading the charge for a cure to paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. SSPF provides quality of life grants to organizations throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other life challenges. The Foundation works tirelessly in its advocacy efforts both locally and nationally on behalf of the disabled.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Sam's "Day at the Races" in Newton, Iowa the last 3 years and it's an amazing day that he provides for us! I'm sure it's not easy putting together an outing at a race track for quite a few wheelchair users and veterans but every year tops the last! It gives me an opportunity I wouldn't otherwise have to spend a day with my dad enjoying one of his interests (car races) and also get to know others in the same situation as myself. Sam understands what people need and does a great job in giving opportunites to keep on enjoying life!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Newton, Iowa at the "Day at the Races" Iowa Speedway. Sam gives us the opportunity to meet, eat with, and learn about race cars, the drivers, and Sam himself. Sam's story is motivational in itself and then he gives and gives to others on top of that.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing! Sam and his staff are amazing people that do a great job!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Independence, "freedom", a chance to do something I wouldn't have otherwise ever done.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

The Sam Schmidt Foundation is leading the charge for a cure for paralysis. The foundation does a lot with a very limited number of staff and very dedicated volunteers. This foundation funds cutting edge research into not only potential cures but also treatments such as better pain control. They provide quality of life grants to organizations for things like wheelchair ramps and sports opportunities. The Sam Schmidt Foundation also funds an extremely popular program called "Day at the Races", where people in wheelchairs and family members are treated to a fun behind-the-scenes day at a racetrack, including a catered lunch, goody bag of gifts & information, autographs & photos with racecar drivers & also Bridgestone Firestone Racing mascot Firehawk, a garage tour and a coveted spot to watch racetrack action from behind the pit wall. I've had the chance to volunteer at some of these events and never fail to be touched by the comments from guests, who appreciate "being made to feel so special for the day". Carole MacCarter

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive comments made by Day at the Races guests.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to do their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I've never seen such hardworking staff and fellow volunteers. Events are well planned and well attended. Care is taken to minimize administrative costs so the money raised can go to the cause.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

result in a cure for paralysis.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am the Chief Business Development Officer at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI). I am an OTR by background and my area of expertise is spinal cord injury. RHI is the only CARF accredited spinal cord injury program in the State of Indiana.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sam is an amazing person and for those of you that have had the great opportunity to meet him know what I am talking about. For those that have not yet had that chance, realize that Sam is so giving of his time, expertise and knowledge. He is always wil

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are so great to work with. They are friendly and dedicate to the same mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

cure spinal cord injury.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Since my first meeting with Sam and his organization back in 2004 it has been an eye opener. Sam and his group have truely excelled in trying to gain awareness for those in need and to shed a better light on what the foundation can do to help others reach their goals in life. Every year this group gets better through the expanded help of their volunteers. I enjoy capturing the fun moments these folks have while visiting Sam's "Day At The Races" programs at various race tracks through out the season. The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is one of my favorite groups to be involved with in helping others excell in reaching their goals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every year I get to see people who would not have the chance to see Indy cars and drivers up close and to in someway make their life a little brighter. It's great to see the smiles on the children as they get to talk to these drivers personally.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal attention from the volunteers that everyone is important that comes to the events.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

OUTSTANDING!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get closer to having a cure for spinal cord injuries. They would also help others combat their problems by providing assistance in a variety of ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have known Sam since before his accident and I am amazed at what a wonderful person he is. Sam has given this foundation his heart and soul and the small staff they do have is amazing. I have wanted to volunteer for years but was never able to travel to do so. This year I traveled to Las Vegas to volunteer for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Golf Tournament just a few weeks ago. I was amazed at the wonderful support and dedication all the volunteers and employees gave to this event. Whatever needed to be done was done, not complaints, I love their just get it done attitude. This is a wonderful Foundation and I look forward to being more involved this year on all levels. I would give anything they ask to help and encourage everyone to do the same. I promise you if you attend one of their functions or fundraisers you will be blessed and you will never be the same again.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to give back and knowing that these people truly care and give it everything they have.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

above and beyond anything I could have imagined. Seeing the dedication and love they have for the foundation is amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a major difference in many lives and hopefully help find a cure. To see Sam working with the children that attend his "Day at the Races" program is a blessing. He gives these children and adults the hope and knowledge that they can do anything!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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