Lawmakers propose money for spinal cord, brain injury research

  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Grants would be named after Jack Jablonski and Gabe Rodreick.

Invoking the names of Jack Jablonski and Gabe Rodreick, young Minnesotans who suffered spinal cord injuries, two state legislators are proposing an $8 million grant program for spinal cord and brain injury research.

Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan, plan to introduce a bill this week that would direct $4 million each in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 from the state's general fund.

Jablonski suffered a spinal cord injury more than a year ago during a high school hockey game. Rodreick suffered a spinal cord injury in a body surfing accident during an exchange trip in Costa Rica.

PAM LOUWAGIE

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