The Ricky Palermo Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and       awareness for The Miami Project which is researching a cure for paralysis. The foundation is also dedicated to helping local community members deal with their paralysis.
"Exciting news from the Miami Project! The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the Miami Project to begin human testing use SCHWAN CELLS! Schwan Cells are extracted from the patients own body and after an incubation period of about 40 days, they are reintroduced into the same patient's damaged spinal chord. They are important because there is a minimal rejection rate by the patient's body." ~Ricky Palermo  "Our donations are being used from the beginning of the spinal cord injury, all the way through
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their recovery" Said Palermo. (Batavia Daily News, Pg A-8 7/17/2010) Money goes to four   important sources:
-United Memorial Medical Center's Emergency Room: to stabilize patients
-Strong Memorial Hospital's Spinal Unit: to help patients recuperate from surgery if needed
-Genesee County YMCA's Bike Program: to help patients rebuild muscles and stay in shape
-The Miami Project: for research to cure paralysis
- Two individuals, Kevin Everett, a former Buffalo Bills Player, and Jorge Valdez, a
Cirque de Soleil performer, were both paralyzed, but are both walking today because of a   hypothermia treatment invented at the Miami Project, which is pending FDA approval for clinical   trials.
"Our donations are being used from the beginning of the spinal cord injury, all the way through