Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois

1032 S. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
708-352-9065 Fax

The mission of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois is to serve as a comprehensive resource center for individuals who have been paralyzed by trauma or a condition of the central nervous system, their families, health professionals and other interested persons, and to prevent new injuries from happening.

Facts and Statistics
Approximately 250,000 individuals in the United States have spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma.

30 people are paralyzed each day.

An estimated 60 percent of new traumatic injuries happen to young men between the ages of 16 and 30 and most can be prevented.

The leading causes of spinal cord injury are motor vehicle crashes, falls and acts of violence.

For younger people motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause but as people age falls take the lead.

Health Info
An episode does not have to appear dramatic to result in paralysis. A slip on the floor may cause the same results as a fall from a roof.

Spinal cord injury may not be obvious. There may be no visible signs. Numbness and paralysis may occur gradually.

If spinal cord injury is suspected, do not move the person.

Send for emergency medical help, especially for trauma to the head or neck.

Do not move the head or neck. Roll towels or other heavy material and place them on both sides of the neck. Keep the person calm and still until help arrives.

Assume that serious injury has occurred and act accordingly until you are certain that it has not.

Fundraising & Administrative Percentage

Dear SCIA,

It took us a while to get our act together, but Chuck and I wanted to thank you again for remembering us. Chuck is a new person since we got him into the donated wheelchair.

This young man was in bed for almost a year and extremely depressed. You would never know that now his whole persona has changed. He is everywhere, always smiling, encouraging new patients, and actually working on a potential discharge � something he never even considered.

Once again, thank you for helping to impact my �guys� lives so positively and remembering us so generously. You�ve really made a huge difference in Chuck�s life and he requested that I thank you from the bottom of his heart.

Debby Wattles, O.T.
Oak Forest Hospital



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