Inspired by his own near-fatal car accident in 1999, Dan Jones and his wife, Caren, co-founded the Philadelphia Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 2003, which serves as the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project is the world’s largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center based at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Through research and development, The Miami Project is dedicated to finding more effective treatment and, ultimately, a cure for paralysis from spinal cord injury. Scientific researchers at this prestigious institution have conducted various clinical trials and achieved groundbreaking advances in spinal cord treatment.
Under Dan’s guidance, the Philadelphia chapter of The Buoniconti Fund supports The Miami Project’s mission through fundraising efforts and public awareness campaigns. The Philadelphia chapter is the leading fundraising chapter in the country, outpacing other regional chapters since 2008, and has raised more than $1.5 million dollars for spinal cord research over the past 13 years. Dan’s work is motivated by the belief that his efforts will allow some individuals who are currently wheelchair-bound to walk once again.