Most medical conditions have at least one date each year in the calendar dedicated to them, with the general aim of increasing awareness and raising funds for further research.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month is celebrated annually during the month of September in the USA. September has been recognised by congress as being the official awareness month for spinal cord injuries in the USA since 2013.
There are other dates throughout the year which are also dedicated to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries in other countries, for example. More details about these additional awareness dates can be found below.
This is a great opportunity for the wider general public to improve their understanding of spinal cord injuries and also have some fun along the way.
Many community events are organized in various locations throughout the USA during the month of September, including fun runs, charity auctions and festivals.
Many awareness months have a specifically colored ribbon which is used to represent the cause in which they are trying to promote. In the case of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, the official ribbon is lime green.
As mentioned above, the month of September is not the only period of time within the calendar which is dedicated to increasing awareness of spinal cord injuries.
Other awareness dates include:
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is celebrated each year in Australia during the month of September. It takes place from the first Monday of the month, which means Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week 2019 will be celebrated between 2nd and 8th September.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom each year during the month of May. It usually takes place on a Friday during the middle of the month. In 2018, Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day was celebrated on Friday 18th May, whereas in 2019, it took place on Friday 19th May.
Spinal Cord Injuries Day, is also commonly known as SCI Day or World SCI Day. This awareness date has taken place annually on the 5th September since 2016. During the inaugural year, events were arranged in 24 different countries worldwide to help increase awareness and understanding of spinal cord injuries as well as raise funds for future research.
As you can see, many of the recognised awareness dates dedicated to spinal cord injuries take place during the month of September, but organizations are working tirelessly throughout the year to help fund medical research and support those who have sustained a spinal cord injury.