While planning our adventure we both came to the point that this trip should be dedicated to a good cause. And this is why we chose Wings For Life:
1) For us nothing seems to be more scary than being paralysed from one second to the other. We can hardly imagine how it feels when someone gets this diagnosis and knows that he will be in the wheel chair for probably the rest of his or her life.
2) Wings For Life is supported by Red Bull. The company itself is of course interesting, however it is more interesting that Red Bull is covering all administrative costs. This means that €1 donated to W4L will be €1 spent on the research program. That´s a fair deal we think.
3) With the money raised via Sponsors, Friends, Families and Supporters we help finance a movement that might be able to change the world. The feeling of being part of that sublime project is intense and energizing.
Quick Facts about Wings For Life
SPINAL CORD INJURY CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, ANYTIME.
Millions of people are currently dependant on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury. Every year, at least 250,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis.
*The main causes are: 50% traffic accidents, 25% falls, 16% others (e.g. assault), 9% sports.
WE BELIEVE IN A DIFFERENT FUTURE.
Scientists agree: Injured neurons are able to regenerate. Spinal cord injury will be curable one day.
SPINAL CORD INJURY MUST BECOME CURABLE.
The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for
spinal cord injury. It was founded in 2004 by Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz and the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner.
WINGS FOR LIFE FUNDS CUTTING-EDGE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.
In order to realise its vision, Wings for Life supports and finances world class scientific
research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.
In addition, Wings for Life facilitates the sharing of scientific knowledge.
82 RESEARCH PROJECTS.
To date**, Wings for Life has funded 82 spinal cord research projects worldwide. Our scientists work at well respected institutes such as Cambridge University (UK), Harvard Medical School (USA), Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and Charité Berlin (Germany).
€1 DONATION = €1 FOR RESEARCH.
Wings for Life guarantees that 100% of donations are spent on spinal cord research as the Red Bull company covers all administrative costs.
Wings for Life has many ambassadors who support their work including former Formula One driver David Coulthard and Red Bull Racing‘s Sebastian Vettel.* International perspectives on spinal cord injury, World Health Organization, 2013
** in 2014