"Because of epidural stimulation, I have more confidence and self-esteem than I've ever had."
— Rob Summers
Meet Rob, the first participant in epidural stimulation research funded in part by the Reeve Foundation.
How were you injured?
"I was in my driveway when I was hit by a car - the accident left me paralyzed from the
What was your life like before your injury?
"I played baseball in college and was looking at a major league career. Needless to say,
my injury changed that."
How has the epidural stimulation research changed your life?
"When I was injured, I was told I'd never walk again. It was a permanent thing. But since
participating in the first study, I can move my arms and legs and have control of other functions that are really
important to quality of life. It's incredible just to be able to feel the breeze against my legs on a nice day. Now
I'm able to coach youth baseball, and I also like to try to help other people with paralysis by speaking every
chance I get."
The University of Louisville maintains a patient registry for individuals who are interested in participating in clinical research studies at the University. If you are living with paralysis and would like to learn more or be considered as a research participant, please add yourself to the registry.
Our goal is to fund epidural stimulation research in 36 new participants — men and women from a range of
backgrounds — to prove its efficacy. Get in on the ground floor with what we believe will be the new cornerstone
therapy by investing in the research now.