Conquer Paralysis Now, A Global Project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation, (NEW JERSEY) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to cure paralysis. The organization is leading the charge for a cure through funding scientific research, medical treatment and technological advances benefiting those paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, stroke or diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s or in other ways.
In 2014, Conquer Paralysis Now launched the CPN Challenge. The goal of the CPN Challenge is to accelerate the development of treatments for spinal cord injury in order to provide significant improvements in patients’ quality of life. The CPN Challenge program intends to award nearly 20 million dollars in grants and prizes over the next ten years. The first team that can reach unprecedented improvement in every day functions of people living with chronic SCI will win the $10 million Grand Prize.
Our goal is to find a cure for paralysis within the next decade, if not sooner. We have a plan and the commitment to make this happen. Through innovative funding and unprecedented collaboration, we will accelerate the pace of research and help others dramatically improve their quality of life.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the Board Grant was for $10,000.
Simple mission. Cure paralysis. Founder Sam Schmidt, now an Indy Racing League owner, was injured and paralyzed in the 2000 season opener. He’s worked tirelessly alongside so many great folks to fund scientific research, medical treatment & rehabilitation. The 2015 TSF grant of $10,000 is a major sponsorship of Sam’s annual event held during the month of May preceding the famed Indianapolis 500.
In 2014, The TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 was used to fund programs providing advocacy and programming for spinal cord injury patients and their families.