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Troutman Sanders Continues Tradition of Community Involvement with Sponsorship of Empowerment Event for those with Spinal Cord Injury


International Law Firm with Commitment to San Diego Supports HeadNorth's First-Time Empowerment Event for Survivors of Spinal Cord Injury at Sea World in San Diego.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

In keeping with its commitment to community involvement and improvement, Troutman Sanders is sponsoring HeadNorth's “Roll Models” program. The program gives youth under the age of 17 living with an injury or disability—who use a wheelchair for mobility—a peer-bonding experience by spending a day with an inspirational adult mentor. Its first event was in August, with others planned for the coming months.

“We are extremely grateful for Troutman Sanders' ongoing support of our Roll Models program,” said Michelle Bart, Executive Director for Head North. “Without the firm's backing and commitment to the populations we serve, our organization would not have been able to get this program off the ground, let alone plan for its future growth.” HeadNorth provides essential support and resources to individuals and families affected by a spinal cord injury while championing a cure for paralysis.

San Diego County has approximately 120 new spinal cord injuries each year. Many of these are the result of sports-related activities, vehicle accidents or injuries while in the line of duty, such as military or police service. The first-year average expenses for paraplegics start at $270,000. Quadriplegics can expect up to $478,000. Support to these individuals is greatly needed and organizations like Troutman Sanders are helping fill the void.

Participants in the inaugural Roll Model event, held in August of this year, met their mentors for the first time at SeaWorld. Together, the pairs participated in a day of behind the scenes experiences and programs, enjoying the park at the same time. Each one left overwhelmingly happy, inspired, and grateful to have had the chance to gain a new big brother or big sister who can relate to their physical disability.

"We are a firm of partners, associates and employees committed to enhancing the quality of life of people in San Diego,” said Mike Whitton, San Diego office Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders. “HeadNorth is a wonderful organization worthy of our support. We are inspired by the dedication of the organization and its volunteers toward easing the challenges of individuals with spinal cord injuries. We're proud to help them achieve their mission.”

About Troutman Sanders:
Troutman Sanders LLP is an international law firm with more than 600 lawyers and offices located throughout North America and in Asia. Founded in 1897, the firm's lawyers provide counsel and advice in practically every aspect of civil and commercial law related to the firm's core practice areas: Business Law, Energy and Industry Regulation, Finance, Litigation and Real Estate. The firm specializes in representing financial institutions, small cap public companies, sophisticated private companies, insurance companies and energy companies. See for more information.

About HeadNorth:
HeadNorth's mission is to provide essential support and guidance to individuals and families affected by a spinal cord injury (SCI), while championing a cure for paralysis. Approximately 1,275,000 people in the U.S. have sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries, a little more than 100 new injuries a year are right here in San Diego County. Since 2006, HeadNorth has supported over 100 spinal cord injury survivors in San Diego with community resource referral, peer support, and more than $250,000 in financial assistance. For more information about the programs and services of HeadNorth please visit or call (858) 350-5199.

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