At the time of my tragic accident, I was an
active, 43-year-old motorsports enthusiast who worked in parts & service
for a major motorsports dealership in Mesa, Arizona. September 30, 2018,
I suffered a life altering injury to my spinal cord, when I swerved my
dune buggy into a tree, to avoid hitting an inexperienced dirt bike
rider in the middle of the trail. The impact snapped my seat-belt,
threw me out and fractured the C5-C7 vertebrae in my neck, severely
damaging my spinal cord.
Four months later, I was discharged from the hospital, paralyzed from
the chest down, with the painful prognoses that left little room for
hope. My medical team said, "Luke suffered a catastrophic injury and he
will never be able to use his hands, walk again or be independent",
"Your son's paralysis is permanent and will require round-the-clock
care", and "There is nothing we can do". Sensing that nothing is
impossible, my mom and I began an unrelenting quest to defy the odds and
prove them all wrong.
According to Scientists at Keck Medicine at University of Southern
California (USC), "science today is leaps and bounds ahead of the
traditional notion that a “complete” cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI)
leaves no room for returning feelings or mobility. Science is catching
up and there are breakthroughs happening all around us that could change
Enter AXER-204: An innovative new treatment that
scientists (dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis), have found to
promote nerve growth and produce relevant increases in functional
recovery, including hand and leg locomotion, and lower urinary tract
function in cervical spinal cord injured monkeys and rats. The current,
on-going clinical trials will elucidate the potential relevance of this
exciting new therapeutic treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) in human
I am one of only 6 participants who have been accepted into the Phase I
clinical trial at USC , beginning January 28, 2020. My mother and I
must travel from my home in Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, California,
6 times over 60 days. Each trip requires round-trip airfare, accessible
accommodations and equipment for myself and caregivers. At the end of
the study I will receive some compensation, but this will only cover
about 1/5 of my travel expenses and unfortunately is not covered by my
medical insurance. Depending on the outcome of Phase I, I will have the
opportunity to volunteer for all subsequent studies.
The financial strain on my family and I from
my injury is “significant” and expenses to this day add up quickly.
Please view the costs of living with "complete" cervical spinal cord
Now you can easily make a difference and become part
of SCI's future! Together we can find the cure for paralysis.
Please support me throughout my journey to recovery by making a direct
Also, please consider helping me organize fundraising events with your
place of business, share this page with your friends
and be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily return to
view my progress. Every dollar donated will go directly toward the
costs of my clinical trial travel expenses and bring spinal cord injury
survivors one step closer to this life-changing treatment.
Thank you for your thoughtful contribution. The entire spinal cord
injury community and I are eternally grateful for your support!
Forever Optimistic . . . Luke Taylor
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>>>Click here to view a video of Keck Medicine at USC clinical