Finish Strong's mission is to improve the life
of Kenny and others with spinal cord injuries
Finish Strong was started after our son, Kenny Potts, suffered a spinal cord injury in July 2008 while riding his dirt bike. After being told he would never walk, eat or breathe on his own again, we took that as a challenge and set out to prove them wrong.
Although not yet walking, Kenny is eating and breathing on his own and continues to improve and fight for his independence. He trains every day and his goal is not only possible, it is in sight!
Finish Strong is dedicated to providing those living with paralysis/spinal cord injuries, scientific and medical opportunities along with education and support to live strong, healthy lives.
STEM CELL THERAPY
The Latest Developments
Almost daily evidence is accumulating and demonstrating the positive effects of stem cell therapy in a broad range of neurological disorders. The use of adult stem cells offers a new treatment approach for previously incurable diseases such as Spinal Cord Injury, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Here the defined aim is either to replace the damaged neurocytes with stem cells or to regenerate them.
How it Helps
For a long time, it was assumed that stem cells simply replace the damaged cells. This seems to be the case to some extent, but in recent years, research has shown that stem cells also more often stimulate the healing of the damaged tissue rather than replacing it completely. The adult stem cells discharge messengers that stimulate both damaged and healthy cells, thus strengthening the whole tissue. These cells start processes with an anti-inflammatory and circulation-enhancing action, such as stimulating the growth of new arteries and smaller blood vessels.
There is Hope...
SPINAL CORD INJURY
What it is
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function, either temporary or permanent. These changes translate into loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the level of the injury. Injuries can occur at any level of the spinal cord and can be classified as complete injury, a total loss of sensation and muscle function, or incomplete, meaning some nervous signals are able to travel past the injured area of the cord. Not long ago, spinal cord injuries were thought to be permanent, meaning if your spinal cord injury caused paralysis, your prognonsis was you would never again regain the ability to walk or use your limbs. Today, there are new treatments and advances in spinal care injuries.