President Trump released his proposed FY 2019 budget last month and once again the Administration has recommended eliminating the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC).
Eliminating the PRC from the federal budget may very well end this vital program and there is no other resource that can replicate its level of service, expertise and support for the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis and their families.
Since its founding in 2002, the Paralysis Resource Center has helped hundreds of thousands of people access information, receive direct mentoring and support, and participate in grant-funded programs that improve quality of life. It is the only program of its kind in the country that directly serves individuals living with spinal cord injury, MS, ALS, stroke, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and other forms of paralysis.
Despite its tremendous success and proven results, PRC funding was cut by 13 percent in 2017 and now, for the second year in a row, the Trump Administration is seeking to eliminate it entirely. While we certainly understand the Administration’s intention to save funds, it cannot be at the expense of the many people who rely on the PRC when the program represents just .00019 percent of the total budget.
Luckily, Congress is working to protect funding, but they need to hear from you, our supporters, about the value and impact of the PRC.
Please contact your legislators and urge them to preserve funding for the Paralysis Resource Center. Simply enter your information to the right to get started. You’ll see two letters, one to the House and one to the Senate, each with individual requests to support the PRC. We STRONGLY urge you to personalize your letter with information on how the PRC and its programs have helped you and your family. Legislators want to hear from you and understand your unique story as someone impacted by paralysis. It will take only a few minutes, but the impact is huge.
Your voice matters. Act now to protect the PRC!