Gabe Rodreick hopes U of M research could be key to walking again

Sen. Jeff Hayden introduces bill to fund curative spinal cord science

Gabe started the band, called Treading North, two years ago, as a way to get back into the music world he thought he'd lost forever when he found out he could no longer play piano. The band has played everywhere from Gabe's family's church to the Fine Line and the Cabooze.

"It feels really good to be doing music again," says Gabe. "Because for the last four years, I didn't know what I was doing."

He has also started writing fiction. In one of his stories, Gabe wakes up in his apartment and has miraculously regained the use of his body. He goes through his morning routine uninhibited by his chair. He brushes his teeth, eats breakfast, and takes a shower. While doing these things, Gabe explains in vivid detail everything he feels.

Matthew (left) and his son Gabe have traveled the world searching for a cure. Now they hope to find answers right here in Minnesota.
Tony Nelson
Matthew (left) and his son Gabe have traveled the world searching for a cure. Now they hope to find answers right here in Minnesota.
Growing up, Gabe was a talented piano player and natural athlete
courtesy of Matthew Rodreick
Growing up, Gabe was a talented piano player and natural athlete

That's as far he's written, he says. "I haven't decided where I'm gonna go from there." 

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robindthom
robindthom

This is so interesting. I am all for any sort of research that advances current medical procedures. Especially those that focus on helping people walk and move again. I have had knee surgeries on two different occasions that didn't allow me to walk for a couple of weeks. Even that was hard and I wasn't doing it for years. I hope they discover something. I work for a Surrey dental clinic that does research as well. It is fun and exciting. 

http://www.ivorydentalcentre.ca/how-a-typical-dentist-visit-will-work-at-our-office.html

snake26m
snake26m

Maybe the bill that's introduced should require medical suppliers to pay an additional tax towards stem cell funding. But the catch is - who's going to get the injections? There have been thousands who've flown to China and Germany to recieve something we don't offer and have

had great results. The state government can fund something for a potential or partial cure or continue paying to medicate one for life.

qhomaki
qhomaki

Thank you for advocating for research. This is an area where the market works against research. The medical and pharmaceutical supply companies make tons of money selling supplies such as catheters, prescriptions for infections, special mattresses and cushions, all paid for at inflated prices by insurance, much of it from Medicaid, since that is the only place many disabled people can get insurance.  These companies are not likely to pay for research that would eliminate this source of income.  If the government can fund research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, that is an investment that will pay huge dividends to disabled individuals, their families, and the taxpayer. 

I will contact my legislators in support of Sen. Hayden's bill.  

angulo80
angulo80

those lazy ass scientists would rather cure erectile dysfuntion instead of spinal cord injury. I hope their kids get paralysed, then maybe they'll try harder.

matthewrodreick
matthewrodreick

@angulo80 Its actually the market  that drives the research into erectile dysfunction and all the 'me too' drugs out there.... its where the money is. The market does not adequately serve us. Alternately there are a number of widely used drugs by the sci community that a curative therapy would eliminate...another non-motivator in the marketplace. Hence, our request for gov't investment.

goldybeast
goldybeast

@angulo80 wow, one comment on here and it is completely full of spite for people doing some actual good. Feel proud.

 
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