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seeking answers when hope isn’t enough…

 
 

the cure map

 
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the story

After my head hit the Lake Superior floor my neck snapped, and everything just turned gray. I remember looking down at my body and it wasn’t even mine anymore…just this limp shape of moonlit flesh.

It was the early morning hours on July 4th, 2012, while out boating with friends, when I dove into shallow water off the shores of Madeline Island and broke my neck, instantly paralyzed from the chest down. I remember that hissing sound as my head hit the sandy bottom. I can’t move. Is this how I’m going to die? Shit.

In that split second everything changed. I sustained a C6 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and a life once filled with movement, dance, and spontaneity suddenly dissolved as I was submerged in daunting new waters- life as a quadriplegic. Through this whirlwind process of rebirth an urge to make a difference surfaced…

 
 
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The Project

"I've tried to remain ME throughout this process of adapting to life with an SCI. I've tried to prepare and encourage myself the best I can to take certain risks and chances, because that's what makes me feel alive. It's part of my soul, my essence."

-Kelsey

THE CURE MAP conveys an emotional journey through self-rediscovery and hope after Spinal Cord Injury, the power of community, and why a CURE is in our hands.

On January 9th, 2017, friends Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown embarked on a journey around the country to capture on film the truth of living with a spinal cord injury and how far we truly are from a cure. it would become so much more...

After nearly 100 interviews and 25 states they found a way to curate a map illuminating SCI research and advocacy, the community, the struggle, and the continual healing process.

This is her story. This is OUR story. Now is our time for a movement.

This film begins post-production NOV 2018. Fundraising is key in order to bring this project to fruition. This film will be an invaluable educational resource and empowering unifier for the SCI community. It not only provides a call to action for this community, but it also serves to enlighten and involve the greater public at large by demonstrating a universal message through the power of determination and hope.

PLEASE help us by contributing any way you can, through sharing, donating, or joining us!

BIG LOVE,

Kelsey & Maddy

THE PEOPLE

  Kelsey Peterson  revels in creation and possibility. She received her BFA in Dance-Performance & Choreography from the University of Montana in 2008. She later received her yoga teacher certification and began teaching both dance and yoga. Her path was tragically interrupted when she sustained her spinal cord injury in 2012. She has since been adapting to her new life and pursuing other creative avenues as she continues to learn and grow. She has done advocacy work on the board of Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis out of Minneapolis and in her role as Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014. Now she has embarked on her journey with The Cure Map. She looks forward to her continued efforts for the SCI community and other creative projects.

Kelsey Peterson revels in creation and possibility. She received her BFA in Dance-Performance & Choreography from the University of Montana in 2008. She later received her yoga teacher certification and began teaching both dance and yoga. Her path was tragically interrupted when she sustained her spinal cord injury in 2012. She has since been adapting to her new life and pursuing other creative avenues as she continues to learn and grow. She has done advocacy work on the board of Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis out of Minneapolis and in her role as Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014. Now she has embarked on her journey with The Cure Map. She looks forward to her continued efforts for the SCI community and other creative projects.

  Madeline Brown  is an adventurous aesthete. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in 2010 majoring in both Art and Spanish and then went on to get her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She has based most of her creative endeavors around travel and cultural exchange throughout Latin America and the U.S. Her work is fueled by human emotion and aspires to create poetry through im- age that illustrates strength, beauty and empowerment in her subjects.As a budding filmmaker, Maddy hopes to present important realitiesand weave together stories that impact the world.

Madeline Brown is an adventurous aesthete. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota in 2010 majoring in both Art and Spanish and then went on to get her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She has based most of her creative endeavors around travel and cultural exchange throughout Latin America and the U.S. Her work is fueled by human emotion and aspires to create poetry through im- age that illustrates strength, beauty and empowerment in her subjects.As a budding filmmaker, Maddy hopes to present important realitiesand weave together stories that impact the world.

News & Updates

 

who is THE CURE MAP?

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CURE MAP GALS & YOOCAN DO ANYTHING. CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING ORGANIZATION!

 

why THE CURE MAP?

a story on perspective with YOOCAN Do Anything

making a difference-

an interview with spinalcord.com

the MOVEMENT

GET INVOLVED IN THE MOVEMENT. see what we’ve started with nonprofit Unite 2 Fight Paralysis

partnership with U2FP:

The Cure Map is excited to have partnered with the nonprofit Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, a national organization that dedicates itself to advocacy, empowerment and unity toward finding a cure for paralysis.

A special thanks to U2FP for taking us under their generous wing and truly exemplifying the importance of unity. 

  • all donations are tax deductible and go directly to the making of The Cure Map.