• Your donation

    100% of your donation funds spinal cord research.

    Please enter amounts over 500 manually.

Donate now

Every donation matters.

You are donating to Wings for Life

Our mission

Spinal Cord Injury must become curable

Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.  

Support us in achieving our goal.

100% guarantee

1€ donation = 1€ for spinal cord research

Progress in spinal cord research is largely driven by private funding. Wings for Life is dependent on donations from individuals and companies. 100% of all donations are used for research purposes because all administrative costs are kindly covered by the Red Bull Company.

News and events

Keeping up to date

November Finds

November Finds

The touching story of an Australian two-time world champion BMX rider or an awesome video of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. We’ve come across a range of topics to share with you this month.

Running in the Dark 2016

Running in the Dark 2016

As darkness fell on the evening of 16th November a global community of people came together in 50 cities worldwide to help support The Mark Pollock Trust in their mission to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Battersea Park, London, UK

Run in the Dark 2016

Healing protein at spinal cord injured zebrafish

Healing protein at spinal cord injured zebrafish

Mammals cannot regenerate their complex nervous tissue but small, tropical zebrafish can repair a severed spine in eight weeks. Researchers found a special growth protein responsible for this healing and repair.

Either Stepping or Standing

Either Stepping or Standing

A recent publication showed that step training right afterwards stand training had a counterproductive effect and erased the progress made with the stand training before.

Waste management promotes regeneration

Waste management promotes regeneration

A very surprising finding uncovers a new way to promote functional recovery. Autophagy, the natural self-destruction of cells, seems to stabilize their “inner skeleton” and successfully promote regeneration.

Driven by curiosity, inspired by creativity

Driven by curiosity, inspired by creativity

Stefano Pluchino’s research team at the University of Cambridge are using Packaging RNA (pRNA) nanostructures to try and reduce the negative effects of a protein called Lipocalin 2 (LCN2).

Success at The Cord Club 2016

Success at The Cord Club 2016

The Cord Club returned to the UK for the fourth year running and the party continued to show its success in both fun and fundraising.

The odd little bird who saves a family

The odd little bird who saves a family

As Sam struggled with her spinal cord injury, a magpie chick changed her family’s lives. Their story, Penguin Bloom, is now published with Wings for Life beneficiaries.

Waves, Wind, and a World Record

Waves, Wind, and a World Record

Anke Brandt kitesurfed from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi. Her recordbreaking ride was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and she simultaneously collected donations for spinal cord research.

Old drugs learn new tricks

Old drugs learn new tricks

Ibuprofen is a drug used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. A clinical trial will test if it also has the ability to promote recovery after a spinal cord injury.