April 10, 2014
Sam Schmidt still defying odds

He stands as a testament to the unlimited power of the mind and the heart, proof that no obstacle can prevent one from having an impactful life.

March 17, 2014
Wheelchair netters serve up inspired play

For a special group of tennis players, it’s all about perseverance and determination in the face of adversity.

January 22, 2014
Spinal cord injuries in young people

Spinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life-threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports.


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August 10, 2007

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and Sam SchmidtMotorsports will be hosting several guests as a part of its "Day at theRaces" program on Friday, August 10th, at 1 p.m. in the Andretti GreenRacing hospitality tent at the Kentucky Speedway. The event, sponsored by United Medical Providers, Kentucky Speedway, andAndretti Green Racing, will include a catered lunch courtesy of AGR,speeches from the foundation's president, Ida Cahill, and founder, SamSchmidt, and a tour of the paddock area of the Kentucky Speedway....   more→

July 12, 2007

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and Sam Schmidt Motorsports will be hosting several guests as a part of its “Day at the Races” program on Friday, July 13th, at 1 p.m. in the Andretti Green Racing hospitality tent at the Nashville Superspeedway.The one-hour event will include a catered lunch courtesy of Andretti Green Racing, speeches from the foundation’s president, Ida Cahill, and founder, Sam Schmidt, and a tour of the paddock area of the Nashville Superspeedway....   more→

July 3, 2007
Research Update

A note from Ida Cahill, CEO, Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation: Following is a report from Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D. who is one of the researchers SSPF has helped to support. New and exciting promises are occurring each and every day and Dr. Akassoglou’s work is an example of the progress being made in uncovering the mysteries surrounding spinal cord injuries....   more→

June 9, 2007
Press Release from Sam Schmidt

Sam Schmidt Motorsports and driver Alex Lloyd announced today the “Racing for Recovery Challenge,” a pledge drive to take place leading up to next weekend’s United States Grand Prix Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The team is offering a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to sponsor a race car with all proceeds going towards Sam Schmidt’s Paralysis Foundation....   more→

June 8, 2007
Big News on Two Fronts
Reprinted from Stem Cell Action Network

1- Researchers in Japan reported that they were able to turn mice skin cells into pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent means that they have the same characteristics as embryonic cells, the ability to develop into a wide variety of cell types. (Adult stem cells do not have this ability.) Two American teams have now replicated this research, so there is no question of the validity of the claim....   more→

May 20, 2007
Reprinted from the INDIANAPOLIS STAR

INDIANAPOLIS STARSUNDAY, MAY 20, 2007By Susan GuyettFOUNDATION IS RACING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCESam Schmidt told guests at the eighth annual Racing to Recovery gala Monday that donations to his foundation are making a difference. “I’m more convinced now than ever that I’m going to walk someday and there are going to be thousands of people with me,” the former racecar driver said....   more→

May 16, 2007
California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 71!
reprinted from

Time to Celebrate!!Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 71! This afternoon, Wednesday, May 16th, the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court decision in favor of the California Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee, which was created through the voter-approved Proposition 71.This decision frees the $3 billion in funding for stem cell research that has been stalled over the last 30 months by opponents' frivolous legal challenges....   more→

May 14, 2007

On May 14, 2007, The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation held its Eighth Annual Racing to Recovery Gala in Indianapolis.Over 400 people joined in the evening’s festivities, bidding on live and silent auction packages that included extreme racing experiences, racing memorabilia, vacations, artwork, jewelry, and much, much more....   more→

May 4, 2007

Just 10 days remain before the eighth annual “Racing to Recovery Gala,” a benefit for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, at Eddie Merlot’s in Indianapolis.The annual event, with its founding sponsors Laura and Tony George, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the IndyCar Series, brings the racing community together to help raise funds for spinal cord research, rehabilitation, and recovery....   more→

April 28, 2007

Members of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation spent a busy few days in Washington, D.C., as founder, Sam Schmidt, and President, Ida Cahill, took part in the Unite 2 Fight Paralysis’ “Working 2 Walk 2007” event from April 22nd to April 24th. Immediately after, Cahill was an invited guest of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to be a part of their paralysis task force meeting that took place through the 26th....   more→

April 12, 2007
Senate Bill 5, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, Passed
A message from American for Stem Cell Therapies and Cures

Senate Bill 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, passed: 63 to 34. Three supporters of the research did not vote. This is an overwhelming display of bipartisan support for this bill. The next step is for the House and the Senate to work out the differences between S 5 and HR 3 (the version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives in January) in Conference....   more→

April 8, 2007
Important Issue for Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation To be Addressed
Contact your Senator!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Kaaveh AkbariMobile: (317) 727-6957Email: kaaveh@kaavehakbari.comIMPORTANT ISSUE FOR SAM SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION TO BE ADDRESSEDNote: The following is an excerpt from the S5 Action Alert distributed by “Americans for Cures.” Their website can be found at coming Monday, April 10, Senators in Washington will debate Senate Bill Five (S5), the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007....   more→

April 2, 2007
Relaxing ride with no barriers
Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic, needed a wheelchair-accessible boat, and captain Mick Nealey came through for a tranquil cruise

BY SUSAN COCKINGscocking@MiamiHerald.comAfter his team's mixed result at Homestead Miami Speedway last weekend, the president of Sam Schmidt Motorsports decided to take some badly needed R & R on the water in Key Largo.But taking a boat ride isn't as simple for Schmidt as for most people. A quadriplegic with no movement from the chest down since a 2000 racing accident, he needed a boat that is wheelchair-accessible....   more→

March 29, 2007

Sam Schmidt, founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, and its President, Ida Cahill, will be visiting patients at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa this weekend as part of the foundation's efforts to support injured soldiers returning from war."The entire board of the foundation feels very strongly about providing support for the brave men and women of the Armed Services," Cahill said....   more→

February 28, 2007
Stem Cell News Update
Reprinted from newsletter dated 2/28/07

From: “Americans for Cures” 550 S. California Avenue | Suite 330 | Palo Alto, CA 94306(650) 812-9304 | (650) 833-0105 (fax) www.americansforcures.orgStem Cell News UpdateProposition 71 Upheld in CourtWe Won!!For the second time in less than a year, the courts upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 71.Since passage of Proposition 71, litigation challenging the Constitutionality of the Act and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the agency created to manage the project, has prevented the sale of bonds....   more→

December 7, 2006
Foundation Accepted for 2007 Combined Federal Campaign
A letter from SSPF CEO, Ida Cahill

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) was accepted to become part of the Combined Federal Campaign for 2007 (CFC 1750). This campaign is endorsed by the Federal Government and encourages employees to donate part of their paycheck to organizations of their choosing from a pre-qualified list. One of our challenges is to reach out to Federal employees (post office workers, Treasury, etc....   more→

December 1, 2006
55 Ford Panel
My Therapy

Sam Schmidt asked, "Who says that people who are physically challenged need to be relegated to the use of oversized rolling bricks (i.e. conversion vans)?" The former Indy Racing League driver who was paralyzed from the neck down in a January 2000 testing crash always drove street rods and muscle cars prior to his injury....   more→

December 1, 2006
Brace for the Failure of the nwe HR-810

by Jeff Eisen, Editor and Publisher, the Stem Cell Pagehttp://stemcellpage.comThis article found here: like you, I dream. I envision a world empowered to fight diseases and injuries. I can see a future in which diabetes, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, spinal cord injuries and a host of other conditions are defeated....   more→

October 20, 2006
Sam Schmidt Motorsports Takes 2nd Championship, then celebrates in an unusual way...
Reprinted from Psi Upsilon Today

Psi Upsilon Today News & Notes. A monthly newsletter connecting the undergraduates, alumni & families of Psi Upsilon Fraternity.October 2006 Sam Schmidt, Lambda Sigma '86,(Pepperdine) owner of Sam Schmidt Motorsports and driver Jay Howard celebrate their second Indy Pro Series Championship at the Chicagoland 100 in September....   more→

September 26, 2006
Sam Schmidt to be Las Vegas "Walk of Stars" Honoree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 26, 2006FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:Ida Cahill – Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation(609) 882-6718 or (609) 638-2083icahill@samschmidt.orgSAM SCHMIDT TO BE LAS VEGAS “WALK OF STARS” HONOREELAS VEGAS, NEVADA (August 30, 2006) – Sam Schmidt, the former IndyCar Series driving star who became paralyzed as a result of an accident while testing for a race in 2000, will be receive a spot in the Las Vegas “Walk of Stars” on October 29....   more→

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