Each year, we like to shine a spotlight on the importance of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, which is in September each year. This not only brings more visibility to the impact on the lives of the 450,000 people living with SCI (Spinal Cord Injuries) in the United States alone, but it also offers an opportunity to educate ways to prevent injuries like this as well as bringing more public support for organizations that help support those with SCI and offer them resources and hope.
This month, we decided to bring awareness in a different way that allows all our employees to have an opportunity to participate, experience, and give back.
For SCI Awareness Day at 180 Medical, we all wore green shirts (the official color of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month), including all of our offices across the USA and our corporate headquarters located in Oklahoma City, OK.
Another great addition to the day was our delicious pizza and brownies sale over the lunch hours, hosted by our 180 Way Committee, in order to raise funds to benefit a spinal cord injury organization, which will be determined and voted on by our employees.
On top of that, we also gave employees at our headquarters an opportunity to volunteer and see what it’s really like to get around during the day in a wheelchair. Overall, the main consensus from employees who volunteered to sign up for time in the wheelchair was the realization of how difficult everything became suddenly in a wheelchair, and what a unique, educational experience it was for them.
The day brought some light to all of us as to the struggles that those living with a spinal cord injury may face every day and especially at first as they begin to learn how to maneuver through life anew in a wheelchair. We were all glad to wear green and take part in a day to bring awareness to those living with SCI every day.