Miami Beach paralysis victim and America Inspired Finalist Sabrina Cohen today enters her second week of campaigning. She is determined to win $50,000 to aid her in her work to help others who are disabled and also to find cures for the world's most dreaded diseases.
"I am so honored that Examiner.com chose to include my work in this contest and I am thrilled to be among these outstanding finalists. I'm excited to seize this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for stem cell research," said Sabrina.
Sabrina is a finalist in the "Overcoming Adversity," category, which is no surprise. Just ask anyone who knows her. Even just after the accident that left her confined to a wheelchair, Sabrina was asked to speak to other students, and upon graduation, the principal awarded her Miami Beach High School's highest honor -- a loving cup engraved in the following: "For Courage in the Face of Adversity" -- and Sabrina has not stopped since.
She graduated the University of Miami with a double major, opened her own public relations company. But then, in 2006, Sabrina's life changed again. After hearing a presentation on stem cell research, she shuttered her company, and she established her own nonprofit organization, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research, in 2006.
So far, she's awarded $75,000 in grants to the nation's top stem cell researchers. She's also been named a WebMD Health Hero and been hailed by medical experts like Sally Temple, M.D., a MacArthur "genius award" winner, who said of Sabrina, "She inspires us and shows us that our work is valued and needed," says Dr. Temple, adding, "We all love her!"
Read Sabrina's story here.
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