Unite 2 Fight Paralysis was founded by 3 members of the 2005 Washington Rally Steering Committee - Betheny Winkler, Susan Maus, and Marilyn Smith. Throughout 2 1/2 months of intensive organizational work, they knew each other only online . . . finally meeting face to face in Washington on April 11th. The Rally was a successful, energizing experience for everyone, and Beth, Sue & Marilyn realized their work was just beginning.
All 3 women have a personal stake in the Unite2FightParalysis (The Bridges 2 Hope) mission. Sue & Betheny both suffer from disabling quadriplegic injuries, while Marilyn's oldest son is also a quadriplegic. They are passionate and dedicated in their determination to see a cure, and believe the best way to achieve their dream is to present a united & consistent message to government, industry, science and the general public.