September is dedicated to raising awareness about spinal cord injuries (SCI). This is an especially important time to 180 Medical since our founder lives with a spinal cord injury, as well as many of our customers, who we consider a part of the 180 family!
What Is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month?
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is a time to spread awareness about spinal cord injuries, the potential risk factors, and safety precautions that can be taken to reduce the number of injuries in the future. At the same time, it’s incredibly important to acknowledge the many living with spinal cord injuries in the world today and pay tribute to their bravery and perseverance.
Here are some of the most recent facts about spinal cord injuries, sourced from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center:
Around 285,000 people are living with spinal cord injuries in the United States.
About 17,500 new spinal cord injury cases occur in the United States every year.
Males account for about 81% of new spinal cord injury cases.
The leading causes of spinal cord injuries are vehicle crashes, followed by falls, acts of violence, and sports.
Life After Spinal Cord Injury
The effects of spinal cord injuries are often life-altering, but even so, those affected can live normal, healthy lives after rehabilitation. Many people with spinal cord injuries go on to achieve things many thought impossible or use their experience to help positively impact others’ lives, like Mason Ellis, Jen Goodwin, and Tricia Downing, just to name a few.
Our company’s founder, Todd Brown, is a wonderful example of this. His experience makes the cause of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness very dear to our hearts here at 180 Medical.
After being paralyzed from the chest down in a motocross accident, Todd discovered first-hand what it was like to adjust to life in a wheelchair. He dealt with urinary tract infections while reusing catheters and also had the unfortunate experience of finding out that there weren’t many companies out there with employees who truly seemed to care or have much knowledge about his condition or the products he needed.
That experience is what led him to create 180 Medical in order to help others living with spinal cord injuries and other conditions that require the use of catheters, related urological supplies, and ostomy products, in hopes that he could help turn their lives around.
180 Medical Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day
To honor Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, 180 Medical is planning a company SCI Day at our Oklahoma City headquarters on September 27th for the second year. We’ll have some fun opportunities for our employees to get involved, such as a pizza fundraiser, wearing green for awareness, trying out what it’s like to be in a wheelchair for a day, and more!
At 180 Medical, we truly care about raising awareness about spinal cord injuries just as much as we care about every single one of our customers. We see firsthand how much this type of injury can impact and change lives.
Thanks to new research into spinal cord injuries, technology continues to advance in order to make everyday life more adaptable for those living with spinal cord injuries, including products such as closed system catheters, which provide an easier and more hygienic way to self-cath for many.
We do what we can to support spinal cord injury groups, including our SCI Day Pizza Fundraiser, and we participate in community events when we can, such as the recent INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehab Courage Run and the annual Corporate Challenge, which goes to support disabled athletes in the Endeavor Games.
If you or a loved one are newly injured and looking for a catheter supplier who will offer you compassion and understanding, we’re here for you!