Science Geek Turns Soldier for Cure
When a deer jumped in front of her Honda Pilot during an early drive to work, Lynne Dorr, 47, of Blaine, Minn., suddenly found herself a C4-6 quad. Since becoming paralyzed, she has focused on trying to find a cure. A single mom who worked tirelessly for the National Bone Marrow Program before her injury, Dorr grew up learning anything she could about medicine and biology. “I’m a science geek by nature and I believe in medicine and technology.” She says that she believes science will one day bring about treatments “to give me back use of my body.”
A bachelor’s in biology helped Dorr get her former position, a job she misses, but she continues to stay retired and is focusing on her next career goal — becoming an advocate for the cure. “Right now I’m starting an online program with the University of Phoenix to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in communication and technology.”
Her goal is to use her latest education, along with the biology degree, and combine that with her 20-plus years of learning about science and research, to help educate people about spinal cord injury as well as advocate for research and a cure.
Dorr has also been actively involved with the group behind the effort to bring publicly funded SCI research to Minnesota — Get Up Stand Up 4 Cure. Their $4 million bill failed to pass last year, but they hope for a second chance in 2014. “People wanting to help can keep an eye on the research and follow my blog at PoundThePavement.org