Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc.
The Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc. is a 501C3 federally tax exempt organization formed in 2003 as
a means of raising funds for spinal cord injury research and providing community outreach and educational
programs. The Fund is named after Joe Testaverede from Wantagh, Long Island. While Joe is lucky to be alive
today, as a result of the injury, he is paralyzed from the waist down, and has lost dexterity in both hands. Joe is
also the cousin of former NY Jets quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde.
The thrust behind the Testaverde Fund first began in 2001 when a core group of Joe‚s friends and family aligned
themselves with SCI pioneer Kent Waldrep to become the northeast regional chapter of the National Paralysis
Foundation. That core became its Executive Committee of volunteers, who had acted as a support network for
Joe and his family during his ordeal. Following Joe‚s rehabilitation, they decided to devote their time and effort to
help raise funds for a cure and more recently to help families who have suffered the trauma of having a loved one
succumb to spinal cord injury. In addition, the group assembled a prominent Advisory Board, enlisting the support
of sports figures, business executives and government officials, who have lent their name to the cause. When
Kent left his foundation in 2003, the NE Chapter continued its work, applying for and receiving its own tax exempt
status and renaming the organization the Testaverde Fund for SCI Inc.
The Testaverde Fund supports research being done by The Spinal Cord Injury Project at The State University of
New Jersey at Rutgers, under the leadership of Dr. Wise Young. In their labs, state of the art molecular, genetic
and cellular research gives new hope to kids like Joe around the world, who dream of one day walking away from
their wheel chairs.
W2W Summer 2013