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Causes: Health, Neurology & Neuroscience Research

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.

Geographic areas served: US and worldwide

Programs: SSPF funds a Day at the Races program at selected racetracks, enabling a fun and informative day of networking with peers, as well as autographs and photos with race drivers.

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Rating: 5

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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Rating: 5

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.