When Dr. Grossman passed away in early October 2021, the world lost a magnificent person. It is difficult to sufficiently honor an individual, who through his compassion and industry, leaves behind such a vast and remarkable legacy. Every person has a story to share of when Dr. Grossman's kindness, generosity, and immense knowledge bettered their life. For TIRR Foundation, he was a constant advocate, visionary leader, and genuine partner you could call upon for advice.
In recognition of the significant medical and research contributions of William H. Donovan, MD, an early member of Mission Connect and TIRR Foundation board member, TIRR Foundation is supporting a new lecture series named in his honor. The Dr. William H. Donovan TIRR Foundation Lecture in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will launch this year through the UT Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Donovan, who joined TIRR Memorial Hermann in 1980, is renowned for his expertise in treating people with spinal cord injuries and amputations.
Kristin Abello recently published a book, Sunrise, telling her story of faith, love, hope, and healing from a TBI. Kristin is a longtime advocate for TIRR Foundation where she serves on the Executive Committee of TIRR Family. Her strength, enthusiasm, and generosity brings energy and light to everyone and everything she touches; and TIRR Foundation has been the recipient of her amazing gifts many times over.
March 1, 2020 was the submission deadline for Mission Connect's new research funding award, Integrating Perspectives in Spinal Cord Injury Research. Five highly promising investigations were submitted before the COVID-19 crisis began and are currently in the hands of members of Mission Connect's External Review Committee (ERC).