Reaching out to those affected by SCI
        Inspiring the newly injured through role models and peer mentors
              Supporting individuals and families as they begin their post-injury journeys
                      Empowering those with SCI to fulfill their goals and dreams
Phone #: 781.933.8666
Email: sciboston@aol.com

Spinal Cord Awareness Day is September 17. Join us!
Link to SCI Awareness Day Announcement

Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair Now

Wheelchair repair is essential to your mobility, your independence, your ability to contribute to, and participate in society. However, your access to wheelchair repair services is being restricted by Medicare’s policies.

It is critical that you have access to a Medicare supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure and inventory to be able to repair the equipment you rely on.

The Greater Boston Chapter, NSCIA and the United Spinal Association encourage you to take the Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey and make a difference.


April 21, 2014
Boston Marathon: 26.2 miles

Team GBC raising money to support SCI: Priceless!

This year the Boston Marathon will be a very emotional and historic event. The GBC is honored to have 5 runners who have offered to run in support of all those who are affected by a spinal cord injury. These runners are working hard to build their endurance and meet their fund raising goals. Please support them, and the GBC, by making a donation today.

To Make a Donation for a Boston Marathon Runner, click on their name below.
You also have the option of splitting your donation equally among the runners.

An acknowledgement letter will be sent to you.

GBC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. If your employer has a
matching gift program, you can double your donation!

Our Runners

Totals Updated as of 05/08/2014


Greater Boston Chapter, NSCIA
Announces The
B2B Durable Medical Equipment Grant


The B2B DME Grant Program assists persons who are paraplegics or quadriplegics, paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury, to obtain necessary durable medical equipment or modifications to existing equipment (such as a van). Applicant must demonstrate financial need, with documentation in order to qualify. Grants are disbursed directly to suppliers of the desired equipment or modifications. Individuals making the grant application are required to submit estimates from potential suppliers. All sections of the application must be completed; incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please Note:

1. Paralysis must be due to a spinal cord injury; paralysis due to other causes, such as MS or spina bifida, are not eligible.
2. Grants are not currently available towards the purchase of new or used vehicles; funds are available for modifications of new or used vehicles.
3. This grant is not for recreational equipment. If you are looking for recreational or athletic adaptive equipment, you may wish to try the Kelly Brush Foundation or the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Documented spinal cord injury
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicant must reside in Massachusetts
  • There is no age requirement
  • Applicant must request specific durable medical equipment to apply for a grant; requests for "anything you can give" will not be considered.
  • Grants cannot exceed $2,500. There is an annual maximum disbursement amount.
  • Examples of eligible items include: upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and lift installation, computers, and other durable medical equipment.
For an application, email: sciboston@aol.org. No phone calls, please.

Our 2014 Gala

On Saturday, March 22nd, the GBC celebrated its 22nd year at the RISE Above Paralysis Gala at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel. It was an exceptional evening, bringing together over 200 individuals with spinal cord injury, family members, healthcare professionals and corporate sponsors to celebrate the GBC's work over the last year.

We were honored to recognize Frank Reynolds, who has been a leader in the development on innovative therapies that may one day lead to a cure for SCI, Erik Kondo, who has paraplegia and has become a successful entrepreneur and is very active in a variety of adaptive sports, The Institute for Human Centered Design for their commitment to advancing the role of design for people of all ages and disabilities, and Sandy Stoller for volunteering for 10 years as webmaster.

The evening was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old and new friends, and included a silent auction and dancing. We are grateful for everyone's support and partnership in making this special evening possible.

Greater Boston Chapter of NSCIA

An Inspiring Story of Giving

Please read the president's letter
and then click on the donations tab.

Starting on April 29th, our Spaulding office will be at the new Spaulding Building located at:

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
6th floor
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129

Larry Brennan, a Wakefield native, spoke to Pack 712's Bear Den about different abilities. He did a wonderful job of explaining his accident, its impact on his life and those around him, and how he has learned to do the same things everyone else does, differently. Larry's talk completed the Cub Scout's Disability Awareness Belt Loop requirements.

Pictured (left to right): Ricky Nelson, Jack Dubow, Matthew Constas, Larry Brennan, Sean DeCourcy and Jake Levine.

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