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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.  

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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.

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“My Hope is Unwavering”

“My Hope is Unwavering”

Hannes Kinigadner’s accident 15 years ago was the impetus to launch Wings for Life. For the very first time, his mother Waltraud speaks out on how his spinal cord injury changed the entire family.

Nerve growth after complete spinal cord injury

Nerve growth after complete spinal cord injury

Three leading scientists and their group teamed up to find something impressive. They showed how neurons regenerate over a complete injury site.

The Wings for Life World Run is back!

The Wings for Life World Run is back!

Register now for our biggest fundraising event and run with us for those who can´t until the moving finish line - the Catcher Car - gets you. 100% of all donations go directly to spinal cord research.

“I want to give something back”

“I want to give something back”

At a mere 14 years of age, Emma Mertzokat passed away after suffering a spinal cord injury. We sat down with Sandra, her mother, to talk about the devastating injury.

A Love Letter to Science

A Love Letter to Science

Irish couple Mark Pollock and Simone George launch TED Talk on how to resolve the tension between acceptance and hope. Find the video here.

Bringing forward functional recovery

Bringing forward functional recovery

Scientists from Germany discovered a way to transform “harmful” adult pericyte cells into “beneficial” neurons. This could lead to functional recovery after a spinal cord injury.

Kris Bryant auctions off his cleats

Kris Bryant auctions off his cleats

Chicago Cubs Superstar Kris Bryant auctions off Wings for Life inspired cleats for spinal cord research. Read more here.

In Motion: Zurich Move

In Motion: Zurich Move

Measuring the activity of movements in spinal cord injured patients is challenging. Thus, scientists developed a device to tailor the daily rehabilitation training individually to patients.

Predicting recovery – An Update

Predicting recovery – An Update

Scientists at the Balgrist University Hospital provide new methods to predict future recovery of patients.

What a Clay Day!

What a Clay Day!

Friends, Partner and Ambassadors of Wings for Life celebrated an incredible day in the sun, whilst raising £105,000 for spinal cord research. Here is our review.

Novel gene therapy

Novel gene therapy

With a new gene therapy approach, the formation of an enzyme has a very positive effect. It will break down scar tissue and improve the regeneration of nerves.

A Special Wanderlust

A Special Wanderlust

Verena and Nadine decided to bring the fundraiser "Hike for those who can't" to life. Learn more about the great campaign here.