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Travel Without Limits Cover Star Sam Bloom Sparks New Spinal Research

Sam Bloom shone as our cover star for Travel Without Limits, and now she's in the headlines again - with great news for people who live with spinal injuries.

Sam Bloom shone as our cover star for Travel Without Limits Issue #4 (September 2020), and now she’s in the headlines again – with great news for people who live with spinal injuries.

Sam has donated $100,000 to Project Spark, a ground-breaking partnership between Australia’s leading spinal injury experts. This project will develop a suite of treatments to support people with Spinal Cord Injury (including paraplegia and quadriplegia).

Sam raised the funds through royalties from her books Penguin Bloom, Sam Bloom: Heartache, and Birdsong.

Sam has requested that her donation be used to fund a clinical trial which will improve hand, arm, and respiratory function for quadriplegics.

“I became a paraplegic when a balcony gave way in Thailand and it completely devastated my life,” Sam said. “While I can’t use my legs, I still have full control of my hands and arms… I can only imagine how hard it would be to lose the use of your hands and arms as well. I’d like this money to go towards helping these people.”

More than 20,000 people in Australia live with Spinal Cord Injury, and someone in Australia injures their spinal cord every single day. Sam’s donation is a fantastic step towards making life better and providing specialised support for these people.

Sam Bloom - Travel Without Limits Issue 4 September 2020 - Cover

Read our profile of Sam Bloom, from Travel Without Limits Issue #4, here.

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