May 7th, 2023 is a very special anniversary. It will celebrate the 10th Wings for Life World Run, when people around the globe come together to run for those who can’t. The impact is even greater, however. Just like International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Day on September 5th, the Wings for Life World Run is dominated by raising awareness of spinal cord injuries and their consequences. After all, it is about far more than being unable to walk.
The starting gun was fired on May 5th, 2014 – and it had two distinct effects: the Wings for Life World Run was held for the first time, and the event also set a success story in motion for spinal cord research. When the 10th Wings for Life World Run takes place on May 7th, 2023, a total of over 40 million euros will have been raised, enabling Wings for Life to fund major clinical studies. As Wings for Life International CEO Anita Gerhardter explains: “The Wings for Life World Run has achieved so much progress. And it has also created a huge amount of awareness for all those people who have to live with a spinal cord injury.”