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    My friend Chet Dyerson from Southern California is making his way across the US from Southern California to Washington DC to spread awareness for the need to fund Spinal Cord Injury Research.

    Chet is driving a gas powered chair he designed and built.

    You can check out his facebook page at "Wheeling to Cure SCI"
    or http://www.gofundme.com/spinal-cord-research

  • #2
    Chet's getting some great press for the SCI cause in Idaho, Please go to his facebook page "Wheeling to Cure SCI" and give him a "Like" to show your support.

    Thanks,
    Rick

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    • #3
      thank you Chet
      http://justadollarplease.org/

      2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

      "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

      .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."

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      • #4
        Maybe I'm dim, but I fail to see how he's "spreading awareness for the need to fund Spinal Cord Injury Research." "Hey, look at that middle-aged guy hauling ass in a gas-powered go-kart/chair on a day when the rest of us are working...Boy, I'd sure like to cure him...." That's not how it works. Get an education and a real job...then show up to work every day like a normal adult, regardless of your struggles - that seems a much more likely way to bring about a cure.

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        • #5
          Maybe I'm dim, but I fail to see how he's "spreading awareness for the need to fund Spinal Cord Injury Research." "Hey, look at that middle-aged guy hauling ass in a gas-powered go-kart/chair on a day when the rest of us are working...Boy, I'd sure like to cure him...." That's not how it works. Get an education and a real job...then show up to work every day like a normal adult, regardless of your struggles - that seems a much more likely way to bring about a cure.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rjg
            Maybe I'm dim, but I fail to see how he's "spreading awareness for the need to fund Spinal Cord Injury Research." "Hey, look at that middle-aged guy hauling ass in a gas-powered go-kart/chair on a day when the rest of us are working...Boy, I'd sure like to cure him...." That's not how it works. Get an education and a real job...then show up to work every day like a normal adult, regardless of your struggles - that seems a much more likely way to bring about a cure.
            Perhaps anybody in a peaceful demonstration or a strike for that matter should go back to work? Or maybe it is just the length of this demonstration that is the problem? Maybe he have stored a few weeks for this trip? And hey! Maybe the other incognito SCI workers also could set a side some spare time and join him on his route across the continent? I would say that would have had an bigger awareness impact than all just sitting at work someplace.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rjg
              Maybe I'm dim, but I fail to see how he's "spreading awareness for the need to fund Spinal Cord Injury Research." "Hey, look at that middle-aged guy hauling ass in a gas-powered go-kart/chair on a day when the rest of us are working...Boy, I'd sure like to cure him...." That's not how it works. Get an education and a real job...then show up to work every day like a normal adult, regardless of your struggles - that seems a much more likely way to bring about a cure.
              Are you sure? Please explain better if you can.

              You may want to read this first:

              http://cirmresearch.blogspot.com/201...ocates-to.html
              In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Leif View Post
                Perhaps anybody in a peaceful demonstration or a strike for that matter should go back to work? Or maybe it is just the length of this demonstration that is the problem? Maybe he have stored a few weeks for this trip? And hey! Maybe the other incognito SCI workers also could set a side some spare time and join him on his route across the continent? I would say that would have had an bigger awareness impact than all just sitting at work someplace.
                So a gimp guy riding a go-kart is a peaceful demonstrator? He's the new Thoreau, Gandhi, or MLK? Absolutely. I can see how some d-bag in a soapbox derby racer is doing more for "the cause" than is a fellow like myself, who shows up every day to a job that 99.9% of the world(disabled or not) is uqualified/unable to do. And what's better than one d-bag in a soapbox derby racer? 100 d-bags in soapbox derby racers, of course. That's the ticket to Curetown.

                I know you're used to bullying the dimwits on this site who think you're smart. I'm not one of those people.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rjg
                  Patient Advocate= Professional Cripple

                  I'd rather succeed as a man than as a cripple. It seems a bit more challenging, as the pool of contenders is exponentially larger.



                  In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rjg
                    So a gimp guy riding a go-kart is a peaceful demonstrator? He's the new Thoreau, Gandhi, or MLK? Absolutely. I can see how some d-bag in a soapbox derby racer is doing more for "the cause" than is a fellow like myself, who shows up every day to a job that 99.9% of the world(disabled or not) is uqualified/unable to do. And what's better than one d-bag in a soapbox derby racer? 100 d-bags in soapbox derby racers, of course. That's the ticket to Curetown.

                    I know you're used to bullying the dimwits on this site who think you're smart. I'm not one of those people.
                    In fact I believe you’re right, but lets say 10.000 d-bags in a soapbox derby race. Thing is that as it is now, now one knows that spinal cord injured peoples wants cures. Almost anything will do. At least this working thing of yours hasn’t produced much as far as I am aware of, so you might have to enlighten me on that one, grumpy old man.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Leif View Post
                      In fact I believe you’re right, but lets say 10.000 d-bags in a soapbox derby race. Thing is that as it is now, now one knows that spinal cord injured peoples wants cures. Almost anything will do. At least this working thing of yours hasn’t produced much as far as I am aware of, so you might have to enlighten me on that one, grumpy old man.
                      10,000 d-bags in soapbox derby racers? Well, that's a horse of a different colour. That would make a difference. But, sadly, it will never(and I literally mean never) happen. SCI is a dumb man's condition - dumb people have no drive and tend to rely upon magical thinking. Ergo, by doing a job 99.9% of the AB world can't do, and showing a high-functioning segment of the population that cripples can not only match, but exceed their work, I am certain that I'm doing more for the cause than I could do by riding across the country in this guy's sidecar. 2 d-bags does not a difference make.


                      Also, I may be grumpy, but I'm not old. Not yet, at least.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Leif View Post
                        In fact I believe you’re right, but lets say 10.000 d-bags in a soapbox derby race. Thing is that as it is now, now one knows that spinal cord injured peoples wants cures. Almost anything will do. At least this working thing of yours hasn’t produced much as far as I am aware of, so you might have to enlighten me on that one, grumpy old man.
                        Also, I feel like everyone on the planet knows we want to be cured. The question is, are we worth curing, considering the resources that would be involved? For the vast majority of us, the answer is a resounding "no!" That's the issue, if you ask me. If more of us were visible in big jobs/roles/offices, the general public would get behind a cure to a much greater degree. Charles Krauthammer, who has done very little "crusading" for a cure, has done far more for the cause than have all the d-bags in all the soapbox racers in the world, simply by being better at being a man than most folks could ever be.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rjg
                          Also, I feel like everyone on the planet knows we want to be cured. The question is, are we worth curing, considering the resources that would be involved? For the vast majority of us, the answer is a resounding "no!" That's the issue, if you ask me. If more of us were visible in big jobs/roles/offices, the general public would get behind a cure to a much greater degree. Charles Krauthammer, who has done very little "crusading" for a cure, has done far more for the cause than have all the d-bags in all the soapbox racers in the world, simply by being better at being a man than most folks could ever be.
                          Anybody is worth curing, the lifelong costs isn’t so small and costs aside one a humanitarian base SCI should be cured as much as any other injury or illness, people just have to get the message passed. Also, I don’t think that just because of getting a SCI a person will totally change and get top jobs/roles/offices. Even among the able population just a fraction has such jobs, sure SCI might do it so that some has to push a little harder to prove things, but given the relatively few SCIed there is its not realistic what you suggest either.

                          Being grumpy, old or young is probably okay, but you seams to be a little neoconish too suggesting that demonstrators and advocates are d-bags and only those that are able to go to a job everyday are real humans, and not only that you are also dragging this right-wing nut Krauthammer caricature into the discussions claiming he has done far more for the cure cause than anybody combined? Are you insane? He has done zero! In fact he has slowed down and hurt the cause by his idiotic comments and writings against human embryonic stem cell research, that’s what he has done, this working hero of yours. Also in light of that, it would have been better if he had not been working.

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                          • #14
                            Who the hell is the rjg troll, and why is anyone responding to "him"?

                            SCI's a "dumb man's condition"? Then why should anyone of us listen to a dumb SCI'd "man" who does nothing but try to belittle most other SCI'd people to try in vain to feel special himself? We shouldn't.

                            Leif, just ignore that d-bag.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Leif View Post
                              Anybody is worth curing, the lifelong costs isn’t so small and costs aside one a humanitarian base SCI should be cured as much as any other injury or illness, people just have to get the message passed. Also, I don’t think that just because of getting a SCI a person will totally change and get top jobs/roles/offices. Even among the able population just a fraction has such jobs, sure SCI might do it so that some has to push a little harder to prove things, but given the relatively few SCIed there is its not realistic what you suggest either.

                              Being grumpy, old or young is probably okay, but you seams to be a little neoconish too suggesting that demonstrators and advocates are d-bags and only those that are able to go to a job everyday are real humans, and not only that you are also dragging this right-wing nut Krauthammer caricature into the discussions claiming he has done far more for the cure cause than anybody combined? Are you insane? He has done zero! In fact he has slowed down and hurt the cause by his idiotic comments and writings against human embryonic stem cell research, that’s what he has done, this working hero of yours. Also in light of that, it would have been better if he had not been working.
                              Krauthammer goes into wide broad range of folks' homes and, whether he wants to or not, shows them that a few of us are worth saving. The impact he's made as a camera-ready quad with a wikipedia page vastly outweighs the impact he's made as one of a million anti-stem cell voices.

                              And the professional cripples aren't subhuman- they just aren't nearly as useful as a few of you seem to think. Some d-bag taking his soapbox derby racer from rehab hospital to rehab hospital, or some perpetual victim in a chair who "bravely" speaks at every stem cell shindig in the Americas, is preaching to the choir in the least useful way possible. You think Wise Young doesn't know sci is no fun? He needs to be reminded? We have more than enough professional cripples. We need a few more Krauthammer types who can go out and command the respect of the broader world, instead of begging for sympathy from those who are already on our side.

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