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Robin Cleary


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My Fundraising Goal:
$20,000.00
Money Raised to Date:
$16,490.00
Join me in my effort to support The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

As an assistant horse trainer I was paralyzed in a horse training accident in Miami at Calder Racecourse in 1996. I have since gone to my friends in the industry and have raised more than $1.2 million for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis’ spinal cord injury research programs. The 1996 injury left me a quadriplegic, unable to move from the neck down, but each day I try and inspire others to help change medical history for me and others living with paralysis.

“What Robin has done is simply amazing. I know of no other individual who has led such a grass roots effort to raise money for any charity. She is truly our shining star and an example of how much one determined individual can do to make a huge difference in the lives of so many,” said Miami Project President Marc Buoniconti.

My husband Brian and I still train horses together, but I also spend my time sharing my story and asking others to believe that a cure for paralysis is not only possible, but within reach at The Miami Project. All of my fundraising has come from the horse racing community. I personally reach out to everyone I can in the industry including farm owners, race track executives, horse related associations, sales companies, trainers, owners, jockeys, grooms, exercise riders and hot walkers. They have all responded positively, coming together for a common cause.

Each year I continue to try and expand my efforts and reach. I am so fortunate that the horse community, full of so many giving people, answered the call in the years since my injury. I never thought it possible to raise the kind of money I have when I started. I’m humbled by everyone’s continued generosity and am fortunate to have many dedicated and generous friends who have given me the opportunity to help fund this important research and be a part of finding a cure.”

My efforts became so successful that The Miami Project named a special fund in recognition of my work. It is called the Robin Cleary Paralysis Research Fund at The Miami Project. One hundred percent of the money I raise goes directly to spinal cord regeneration research programs, which are some of the most promising areas of research in the field, and I hope that you will consider supporting my efforts on behalf of The Miami Project.
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