In mid-October, the Reeve Foundation unveiled its candidate for SCI recovery — epidural stimulation — as the centerpiece of its ‘Big Idea’ fundraising campaign.
Unlike most news stories that exploit the latest “paraplegic walks again” cure angle, The Big Idea emphasizes important quality-of-life gains made in a phase one trial involving four paralyzed subjects in the past three years. Referring to an April 2014 journal article in Brain, a Reeve public relations spokesperson stated that the four had regained “voluntary movement in their legs, hips, and toes,” but also regained “major autonomic functions, including body temperature, sexual function and bowel and bladder control.”
The main purpose of the Big Idea campaign is to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research involving 36 more SCI subjects (www.ReeveBig Idea.org) and includes an appeal for the paralysis community to participate in a crowdfunding campaign. When the press rel