To get out of bed by yourself. To shower. To get dressed… To walk… To drive… To get to school or to work… To go shopping, to earn a profession, to go hiking, to function like a normal human being, a parent, a spouse…

To be independent and stand on your own two feet.

All these routine activities may be straightforward for you, but for thousands of people in Israel they’re a constant daily struggle. These people are paralyzed and confined to wheelchairs because they suffered an injury to the spinal cord. Whether children or adults, soldiers or civilians… Whether road accidents, work accidents or terror attacks and shootings. In an instant, their lives were transformed.

On November 27, 2001, terrorists shot at Hannah Bart's car as she was on her way home to Kfar Darom in Gush Katif with her husband and two of her seven children. Protecting her children with her own body, Hannah was hit in the spine. The doctors said she would never walk again. She has been in a wheelchair ever since.

But instead of accepting the situation, she fought back. She managed to give birth to her eighth child… And while trying to cope with her own frustrating daily challenges, Hannah became acutely aware of the hopeless situation of spinal cord injury victims all over the world.

She was horrified to discover that there were no practical research solutions to help alleviate their pain. So, with the help of her family and friends, they established the Israel Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries (IFSCI).

To give the victims a glimmer of hope.

Indeed, it is widely accepted that the future of spinal cord injury victims is dependent – more than anything else – on the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Extensive and in-depth medical research will expand possibilities for effective treatment, healing and rehabilitation, lead to the development of appropriate machinery and equipment and serve as a great leap forward for the suffering and their families.

However, research costs are high and funds are low, hence there is currently little progress being made in the field and the victims remain dependent on fate.

The IFSCI was established to make the breakthrough for them. Together with scientists, scholars, doctors and representatives from the injured themselves, the fund promotes research and awards grants for studies in diagnosis, prevention, equipment development and innovative treatment, healing and rehabilitation methods.

The results of our efforts are gradually becoming evident in homes, hospitals and rehab institutions all over Israel.

Thanks to IFSCI and the research it funds, hundreds of spinal cord injury victims are now enjoying a better quality of life.

On the way to standing up for themselves.