What is Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
SCI can be a devastating injury with full life span consequences, both physically and financially. Most people who suffer SCI are male (1) (around 80%) and are between the ages of 20-40 years old. They are heartbreaking injuries, effecting young active men in their prime.
Most injuries are sustained via motor vehicle accidents, falls, violence such as gun shots and sports. The financial impact is staggering. With the most severe injuries life time costs for care are in the several millions, with the first year of injury costing the most. SCI also can impact a person’s ability to work. Even years after injury employment rates hover in the mid 30% (1) range. Loss of wages, productivity, health and additional benefits can be up to $70,000 plus per year1!
Obviously these statistics paint a challenging story. And for people who have SCI finding information about what to do and where to go for help are few and far between.
That is where the 33 Foundation comes in - to make an impact and help people find their way back. Back to a fulfilling and productive life. We aim to provide information, sponsor individuals and hopefully make an impact.
(1) The National SCI Statistical Center, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Facts and Figures at a Glance; https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/