COMMUNITY NEWS : CELEBRITIES RAISE MONEY FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH.Byline: Stacy Brown
A spinal cord injury Spinal Cord Injury Definition
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of sensation and motor control.
Approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur each year in the United States. suffered in a bicycle accident a decade ago made Tom Hollenstein paraplegic paraplegic /para·ple·gic/ (-ple´jik)
1. pertaining to or of the nature of paraplegia.
2. an individual with paraplegia. .
Ever since then, he and his friends have been fighting to spur research that could lead to a cure for paralysis - something that affects a half-million people in the United States alone.
As part of the battle, the Paralysis Project of America held its 10th annual Tom Hollenstein Golf Tournament at the Calabasas Country Club on Oct. 21.
It was quite a day - with the Calabasas Fire burning its way to the sea.
Nevertheless, the tournament - which featured Hall of Famer and former Dodgers star Don Newcombe, Kings great Rogie Vachon and women's baseball player Pepper Davis, whose story is the basis for the film, ``League of Their Own,'' raised more than $45,000.
``We've been making progress each year,'' said Ed Eisenstadt, one of the chairmen of the project. ``Until the Vietnam War most people died when struck with this (paralysis).''
The cost of spinal cord injuries is tremendous - not only for the victims, but also for society.
More than half of all spinal cord injuries result in quadriplegia quadriplegia: see paraplegia. and the lifetime cost of caring for a quadriplegic quadriplegic /quad·ri·ple·gic/ (-ple´jik)
1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by quadriplegia.
2. an individual with quadriplegia. can exceed several million dollars.
Since its inception in 1986, the Paralysis Project has raised nearly $500,000.
One of the means of raising this money has been the support of such celebrities as Newcombe, Vachon, Davis, swimmer Mark Spitz, former Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager and others who donate sports memorabilia for the silent auction that takes place at each tournament.
Local businesses have contributed in many ways as well. Sid's Seafood House in Calabasas hosted the cocktail party. Wally Hollenstein's Calabasas Inn, Add A Sign and the Daily News all acted as sponsors.
Eisenstadt said others such as Jim and Penny Kelly, Tony Magnemi, and Joseph Alioto, the son of the former San Francisco mayor, deserves a lot of the credit, too.
The golf tournament was one of several events taking place this year to raise funds for the research to find a cure for paralysis.
On May 13, the Andy Sacks Golf Invitational at Mountaingate Country Club in Brentwood raised more than $100,000 for the Paralysis Project; the Los Angeles Kings The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). and the Colorado Avalanche played an exhibition game Sept. 28 with a portion of the proceeds going to the organization.
The funds raised have gone to the Paralysis Project Anatomic Imaging Laboratory at the University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). , Irvine. The facility is open to research in the field of neuroscience for scientists throughout the world. Money has gone to support clinical research on vulnerability of spinal cord neurons to certain stimuli, and it helps pay for laboratory research into spinal cord regeneration, work being directed by Martin Marsala and Linda Sorkin of the University of California, San Diego UCSD is consistently ranked among the top ten public universities for undergraduate education in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. It is a Public Ivy.  For graduate studies, most of UCSD's Ph.D. .
Although a cure for paralysis has not been found, there is some optimism.
``Financial support for research projects, such as the one with which I currently am involved at the University of California, Irvine, makes me more confident than ever that breakthroughs in the treatment of spinal cord injury will come very soon'' said John H. Weiss, an assistant professor of neurology, psychobiology psychobiology /psy·cho·bi·ol·o·gy/ (-bi-ol´o-je)
1. biopsychology; a field of study examining the relationship between brain and mind, studying the effect of biological influences on psychological functioning or mental , anatomy and neurobiology at the university.
Vachon, who presented an autographed jersey to Hollenstein, says: ``It's an honor to be part of the fund-raising efforts. I am confident that these efforts will bring us a cure soon'' he said.
Walter Mosher Jr. has been selected as the 1996 recipient of the Nelle Reagan Award for distinguished community service, presented by the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a hospital located in the Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA. The hospital was founded on October 27, 1920, and is funded by Los Angeles County . Foundation.
The 61-year-old engineer and founder of Precision Dynamics Corp. in Pacoima has given more than 25,000 hours of personal service to numerous San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. charities, civic organizations, committees and task forces.
Mosher was honored Friday with the award, named after former President Reagan's mother, at a dinner and silent auction in the Woodland Hills Marriott Hotel.
The Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. is recruiting people who want to be school police officers.
The position requires candidates to be in excellent physical condition, have a high school diploma A high school diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED. or their General Equivalency Diploma, be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen.
The written examination will be given Nov. 2. The selection process will include an oral interview, physical agility test, written and oral psychological exams, polygraph An instrument used to measure physiological responses in humans when they are questioned in order to determine if their answers are truthful.
Also known as a "lie detector," the polygraph has a controversial history in U.S. law. test and medical exam.
Starting pay ranges from $35,074 to $43,654 and the district pays the employees 7 percent contribution to PERS (Public Employees' Retirement System).
The Los Angeles School The Los Angeles School of Urbanism is an academic movement emerged during the mid-1980s, loosely based at the University of Southern California and UCLA, that poses a challenge to the dominant Chicago School of Urbanism. Police Department provides police services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the second largest school district in the nation.
Successful candidates will attend the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy or the Rio Hondo Police Academy. The Department currently has 30 openings and will test continuously until all positions have been filled.
For information about this opportunity, call (213) 743-3551.
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PHOTO (1) Pepper Davis, one of the characters in the fil m, ``League of Their Own,'' presents Tom Hollenstein with a memento.
(2) Walter Mosher Jr. holds the Nelle Reagan Award for volunteerism.
Joe Binoya/Special to the Daily News