Member Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
Kesha Pilot, a 27 year-old Arkansas member and disability advocate, has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the 3rd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill.
Her Save the Wheelchair campaign aims to raise $15,000 for the legislative advocacy event hosted by United Spinal Association, NSCIA’s parent organization. Roll on Capitol Hill, held June 22-25 this year, addresses issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life of individuals living with spinal cord injury and disorders.
This year advocates will call for, among other issues, passage of HR 492/S. 948, Ensuring Access To Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2013, a bill to establish a benefit to ensure that people with spinal cord injuries and disorders have access to complex rehab technology.
Funds from Pilot’s campaign will cover a portion of the travel, transportation and lodging expenses of the wheelchair users and disability advocates attending ROCH.
Two years ago, just as Pilot was experiencing the joys of being a new mom, she was in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the chest down. Since her injury, she has worked to improve access and create opportunities for people who live with SCI/D and rely on wheelchairs. “Having access to a wheelchair that works for me has enabled me to regain my independence, and at the same time, take on all responsibilities life throws my way, big or small … But many other people living with spinal cord injuries are not as fortunate,” explains Pilot.
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