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Voice: 301-424-8335 NATIONAL
Fax: 301-424-8858 INJURY ASSOCIATION
51 Monroe Street
SPINAL CORD INJURY NETWORK
HOME OF THE
Plaza West 9 KESSLER ROLLING
Rockville, MD 20850 KIGHTS
Rockville MD 20850
51 Monroe Street
A 501[C] ORGANIZATION,
Plaza West 9
INCORPORATED IN MARYLAND, DC, &
VIRGINIA SINCE 1982.
A member of the Community Health
Spinal Cord Injury of Metropoitan Washington, Inc. Charities of the National Capital Area &
2003 Combined Federal Campaign (6025)
WHAT IS SPINAL CORD INJURY? WHO IS SCI NETWORK? ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the
spinal cord that results in a loss of func- SCI Network is the Metropolitan Wash-
tion such as mobility or feeling. Frequent ington, D.C. area chapter of the Na-
causes of damage are trauma or disease. tional Spinal Cord Injury Association.
The spinal cord does not have to be sev-
In existance over forty years, and
ered in order for a loss of functioning to
occur. In most cases, the spinal cord is in- incorperated as a 501[c] in DC,
tact, but the damage to it results in loss of Maryland and Virginia since 1982, SCI
functioning. SCI is very different from Network’s mission is:
back injuries such as ruptured disks and
pinched nerves. To provide support and services to
A person can “break their back or neck” people with spinal cord injuries and Rolling Knights hit the hardwood.
yet not sustain a spinal cord injury if only other mobility impairing conditions,
the bones around the spinal cord (the ver- and to their families and friends.
tebrae) are damaged.
The spinal cord is the major bundle of
nerves that carry nerve impulses to and PROGRAMS & SERVICES
from the brain to the rest of the body. The
brain and the spinal cord constitute the Information & Referral
Central Nervous System.
The spinal cord is surrounded by rings of Personal Assistant Services Registry
bone called vertebra. These bones consti-
tute the spinal column (back bones). In gen- Peer Counseling New additions to SCI Networks Personal Assistant
Registry, operated without charge to eiter consumers
eral, the higher in the spinal column the in- or providers.
jury occurs, the more dysfunction a per- Support Groups
son will experience. The vertebra are named
according to their location. The eight ver- Website
tebra in the neck are called the Cervical
Vertebra. Cervical SCIs usually cause loss Wheelchair Basketball Team
of function in the arms and legs, resulting
in quadriplegia. The twelve vertebra in the
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Injuries in the thoracic region usually af-
fect the chest and the legs and result in
paraplegia. Injuries in the lower back, in the SCI Network has given back to the community every
Lumbar and Sacral vertebra, can also re- Art Gallery year since 1994 with the Season of Sharing, holiday
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sult in paraplegia. great food, gifts, transportation, the works.