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What Drives Us: March 2014 March 30, 2014: In the hopes that this dreary winter is now behind us, maybe we should start to convince ourselves that it’s time to dust off that ever-elusive spring mentality. While certain measures are more aggressive than others (it is not tank top and fedora weather quite yet), a [...]

Krewella and Electric Family Charity Bracelet ON SALE TODAY

Today is a VERY special day for The Thomas E. Smith Foundation as well as the entire paralysis community!!! We are extremely proud to announce the Dance For Paralysis X Krewella X Electric Family bracelet as our first philanthropic project to benefit paraplegics and quadriplegics around the world. 100% of the proceeds from each bracelet will be donated directly to Dance [...]

Co-Founder Thomas Smith discusses his story and the Look-Up Line™ with NESN

During the first weekend of Frozen Fenway 2014 NESN aired their interview with Thomas E. Smith Foundation Co-Founder Thomas E. Smith where he discussed his story as well as ice hockey's first warning track, the Look-Up Line™. 

Foundation Co-Founder Thomas Smith on NPR’s Here and Now

Foundation Co-Founder Thomas Smith recently had the opportunity to sit down with NPR's Robin Young on "Here and Now" to discuss his story and how it helped him develop the Look-Up Line ™. Click the image above to hear Thomas' entire interview from NPR's "Here and Now"

The Boston Globe: Frozen Fenway a new home for Look-Up Line

THE BOSTON GLOBE, DEC 30, 2013: Hockey isn’t new to Fenway Park, but when the game returned there Saturday night to kick off Frozen Fenway, the look of the ice surface itself was one brush stroke different. The traditional lines of red and blue, nearly as essential to hockey as the stick and puck, were accompanied [...]

The Look-Up Line™ to launch at Citi Frozen Fenway 2014

BOSTON, MA- The Look-Up Line™, founded by The Thomas E. Smith Foundation, will be implemented at Citi Frozen Fenway 2014.  The Look-Up Line™, ice hockey’s first warning track; is an adjunct to decreasing the risk of head and catastrophic spinal cord injuries.  It is a preventive approach to making hockey safer without affecting the game’s [...]

Look-Up Line™ sparks debate on NESN

JOHNNY BOYCHUK’S INJURY SPARKS DEBATE OVER PREVENTING SEVERE HEAD AND NECK INJURY IN HOCKEY -The LOOK-UP LINE™ may be the Answer- BOSTON, December 5, 2013- Last night Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk suffered an injury resulting from a hit by Montreal Canadian Max Pacioretty. While scrambling for the puck, Boychuk was hit by Pacioretty and because [...]

4th Annual Just Cure Paralysis Golf Tournament raises over $32,000!

  2013 Golf Tournament Photo Gallery The summer of 2013 welcomed another successful golf tournament for The Thomas E. Smith Foundation, as a group of 124 golfers embarked on the Andover Country Club for a great day of golf and celebration. Through the many participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we were able to put together [...]

Matt Ficarra earns $3,940 grant towards purchase of FES Bike

Matt Ficarra, 29, was paralyzed from the chest down when he broke his neck in a diving accident July 30, 2011 on Oneida Lake in New York. A former college lacrosse player, Matt graduated from State University College at Oswego in 2008. Athletically driven and naturally hard-working, Matt has made tremendous progress since his initial [...]

Erica Predum receives $4,000 physical therapy grant

INDIANA- Erica Predum, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is 27 years old and a mother of 2 boys. In 2007, Erica was injured when she rolled her SUV on the highway. After suffering a C5/C6 spinal cord injury, doctors told her she would never walk again. Erica is a fighter, and her spirit shines through in [...]