Join us for the Psi Upsilon Virtual Speaker Series, live online Thursday May 6th 5:00pm PDT
A Fireside Chat with Sam Schmidt,Lambda Sigma ‘86(Pepperdine University)
Our speaker will be Sam Schmidt,Lambda Sigma ‘86(Pepperdine)
Sam Schmidt is paralyzed. Now an Indy Racing League owner, he was a driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway.
He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues, and is now Chairman of the Board of Conquer Paralysis Now.
Absolutely no funds raised for SSPF have ever supported his racing team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
“We’ve been spreading the message that you need to stay in shape and keep working hard because some type of treatment is going to come,” Sam says. “Frankly, I’ve come to the realization that I’m helping a lot more people since I’ve been injured than I ever could as a driver.”
CPN started in 2000 as the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Sam’s original intent was to fund research and provide advocacy and programming for SCI patients and their families. Though SSPF achieved many successes over the next decade, the ultimate goal remained elusive: a cure.
Achieving functional recovery from chronic SCI will be a historic milestone in the advancement of human knowledge and empowerment. The dramatic moment when an individual previously diagnosed with irreversible paralysis takes his or her first steps will be celebrated around the world. It will be a testament to humanity’s progress in the mastery of science and nature.
We want to find a cure. We believe a cure is possible.