Stars Dedicate Paralysis Center
Oct. 27, 2000
MIAMI (AP) _ Christopher Reeve, Gloria Estefan and retired Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf helped dedicate a $37 million center dedicated to finding more effective treatments _ and ultimately a cure _ for paralysis.
The Lois Pope Life Center is the new home for the 15-year-old Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami.
NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw emceed the event and was joined by Reeve, paralyzed in a riding accident; singer Estefan, who recovered from a spinal cord injury she suffered in a bus crash; and Schwartzkopf, who has helped raise more than $3 million for the Miami Project.
``The resources are in place,'' Reeve said. ``Every scientist should think about the sense of urgency. Research is not made for research alone but to ease human suffering.''
The facility, with a staff of more than 120, was named for the philanthropist wife of the late Generoso Pope, former owner of the National Enquirer.