Welcome to the TJ Atchison Foundation
Thank you very much for visiting the TJ Atchison Foundation Website. I was injured over 3 years ago at the age of 21 in a car accident. In my mind I felt like just coming into my prime. The average age of a person who sustains a spinal cord injury is 16 to 30 years old meaning that people face a lifetime of paralysis. The cost is staggering…. with medical costs alone reaching up to $4 million dollars over a lifetime. As hard as we try to return to typical society there is never the same normal, and there is no debating the psychological toll it takes. It is my passion to help in finding a cure for paralysis.
After being part of a spinal cord injury clinical trial my passion became supporting research. After this decision I partnered with Senator Mark Keahey to work on new legislation to provide state funding to start a program for translational research working with Dr. Candace Floyd the Research Director at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I created the foundation with two things in mind, supporting spinal cord injury research; specifically the TJ Atchison and promoting injury prevention, because at this moment there is no cure.