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Conquer Paralysis Now Names Brandi Kurka New Executive Director

CPN #StandWithSam Online Virtual 20th Anniversary Gala Set for Aug. 20 CONTACT: Brandi Kurka, Conquer Paralysis Now (717) 476-1956   LAS VEGAS, NV (July 27, 2020) – Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN), a nonprofit organization devoted to furthering advancements in spinal cord injury research and treatment, has named Brandi Kurka as its new executive director, it…

Loss of a Friend

We are very saddened to share the passing of Darrell Heath, a valued member of the NMEDA community. Darrell founded Ability Center over 25 years ago, which is headquartered in San Diego, and over the years significantly grew the business. Ability Center then became a part of the BraunAbility Arch Channel retail business in the…

Indy Star Feature 2020

20 years ago our founder Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a racing accident. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for spinal cord injury research and treatment. Recently, he sat down with The Indianapolis Star to discuss Conquer Paralysis Now and our mission to provide resources and fund research for people living with spinal…

Updated Event Info for DRIVE to Conquer Paralysis Las Vegas 10/19 & 10/20                                                                       NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Amy Daniels, Conquer Paralysis Now (661) 755-2153 Drive or Ride in an Exotic Car with Sam Schmidt and IndyCar Drivers James Hinchcliffe and Robbie Wickens at Drive to Conquer Paralysis Fundraiser in Support of Conquer Paralysis Now and DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center  Tickets and sponsorships available for two-day event on October 19-20…

Sam Schmidt Takes to the High Seas!

He’s gotten the land down, now he’s conquering the sea (well, a big lake).  What’s next?  Air?  We wouldn’t be surprised! See the video here!  

Sam Schmidt Named Grand Marshal of the 500 Festival Parade

Congrats to our own Sam Schmidt, who is well deserving of the title “Grand Marshal!” Dave Calabro interviews Sam in St. Pete at the start of the racing season – see it all HERE.

Southwest Airlines & Sam – a relationship decades long

See how much Southwest Airlines loves Sam and why Sam is dedicated to flying Southwest HERE

Sam Schmidt Keeps Wheels Turning During the Offseason

Think he’s relaxing?  Think again. See what Sam has been up to during the offseason. see video here

Paralyzed race car driver takes Harry Smith on ride in cutting-edge car

NBC’s Harry Smith makes his way through the busy streets of Manhattan with Sam Schmidt, a former race car driver who is paralyzed and uses a vehicle with amazing cutting-edge technology to drive. see video

Open New Driven Center

+ Local Market Viewership: 46,607 Local Publicity Value: $5,195.88per 30s KVVU 11/29/2018 4:16:25 PM: …today…”driven” held it’s grand opening with las vegas mayor carolyn goodman..and founder of “conquer paralysis’.. sam schmidt.. the not-for- profit center will serve people with all forms of disabilities and neurological conditions. schmidt was a driver in the indy racing league before suffering an injury.. he said “driven’s” mission is to create an affordable center where people with disabilities can improve their overall quality of life. everybody is going to have some form of a disability so hopefully you can…

Custom Corvette lets disabled take the wheel near Las Vegas

Corey Capece has never been able to move around without his wheelchair. He had never walked or, before Sunday afternoon, driven a car. But Capece, a 30-year-old with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, did doughnuts and burnouts in a sports car south of Las Vegas. The smell of burning rubber hung in the air, and white…

Former champion race car driver opens affordable rehabilitation center

A unique, affordable rehabilitation center for people with disabilities opens Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. Driven, located at 701 E Bridger Avenue, is the brainchild of former champion race car driver Sam Schmidt, who was forced to end his racing career nearly 20 years ago when he was injured in a training accident. read more

Media Monitoring Suite

KSNV (NBC) – Las Vegas, NV News 3 Today + Local Market Viewership: 7,565 Local Publicity Value: $358.26per 30s KSNV 11/29/2018 4:36:06 AM: …have mayor goodman on hand for the ribbon cutting. they are calling this driven. it’s going to help paraplegics regain mobility. the facility founded by forme indycar driver sam schmidt who does a lot in our commune. he was paralyzed in a crash while practicing…

Pat Rummerfield proves a cure may be just steps away

Watch the video recap of our Racing For Recovery Gala in Indianapolis.

Sam Schmidt’s Semi-Autonomous Race Car

Sidney has been a dedicated volunteer of CPN for years!

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month Commercial

A devastating crash in 2000 left IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt a quadriplegic. Since then he has built a small motorsports empire and has been racing to find a cure for paralysis.

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Nevada Issues Nation’s First Autonomous Vehicle Restricted Driver’s License to Quadriplegic Former Race Car Driver Sam Schmidt

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Former Indy racing driver paralyzed from the neck down granted unique license to operate a customized Corvette with his HEAD

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Paralyzed Henderson resident Sam Schmidt to receive nation’s first license to drive semi-autonomous car

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The First Step to Finding a Cure: The CPN Challenge

The First Step to Finding a Cure: The CPN Challenge Recognizing the devastating effects of a spinal cord injuries, the United States Senate has marked September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This month and beyond, Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN), a leading authority on spinal cord injury (SCI) research, continues its ongoing fight to…

Seeker Spotlight: Shawn Hochman

ollowing the launch of the second round of the CPN Challenge, we interviewed Prof. Shawn Hochman from Emory University, who is a member of the CPN Science Advisory Council. He shared his thoughts aboutour 10 year Challenge Program and also gave some advice for solvers. Conquer Paralysis Now: Interview with SAC member Shawn Hochman  …

Conquer Paralysis Now at the World’s Fourth-Oldest University

On 25th November, InnoCentive went to the University of Cambridge in the UK, to host a discussion on the recently launched 2nd round of Conquer Paralysis Now grants. As he did at Kings College London in February, guest speaker and CPN Science Advisory Council member, Professor James Fawcett graced us with this presence. This time round he was imparting…

The Year in Review: SCI Research Breakthroughs in 2015

The Year in Review: SCI Research Breakthroughs in 2015 And as we cross the threshold into 2016, we are one step closer to our goal of finding a cure for paralysis in ten years. Moving full speed ahead towards that goal, we wanted to compile a brief retrospective. 2015 has been an incredible year for…

May 2016 Conquer Paralysis Now Gala in Indianapolis Video

Help Conquer Paralysis Now Raise Money Through the Capital Cup Charity Golf Tournament

Rick Nelson, a longtime friend and supporter of Conquer Paralysis Now, is participating in the Capital Cup Charity Golf Tournament in California from September 8-10. We are very grateful to Rick Nelson, CEO of Direct Technology, for helping us as his designated charity for this visible and worthwhile event. Rick is raising funds for Conquer…

Sam Schmidt Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet”

Sam Schmidt was recently on Discovery Channel's "Daily Planet" show talking about Arrow Electronics SAM car! The SAM car allows Sam Schmidt to drive again using only his head! Watch the video below: