|From left: Senator Keahey, TJ, and Governor Bentley|
Details of the bill and the work that we did to accomplish this goal are available here.
A recap of the ceremony
Representative Elaine Beech from Washington County, friends, family, supporters of TJ, along with Dr. Candace Floyd and other UAB staff had the opportunity to meet with Governor Bentley and the legislative bill author, Senator Marc Keahey, for a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol. Those of us who were lucky enough to attend the ceremony were pleased to share this special day with TJ and his family.
|Governor Bentley having a private chat with TJ|
|My daughter Catie, Governor Bentley, and TJ's sister Alyssa|
|From left: Senator Keahey, Tucker McDonald, Anita & Carey McDonald, Governor Bentley, Representative Elaine Beech; Bottom: Alyssa and TJ|
In all, Governor Bentley spent about 25 minutes with our group. It was obvious that he enjoyed chatting with us and with TJ, as his staff finally had to inform him that it was time for the visit to end. Indeed, we were honored by the whole experience!
|After tons of persistence and determination, TJ and I were thrilled to say, "WE DID IT!"|
|Program Administrator for the TJ Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Research Program,|
Dr. Candace Floyd (standing), welcomed our group to the special luncheon held at
Central Restaurant in Montgomery.
|November 11, 2011, the beginning of "TJ's Law"|
From left: Me, Bonnie Blackwell, Roman Reed, and TJ
TJ's program at UAB would never have been possible had it not been for Roman's instrumental roll in the formation and passing of Senator Keahey's legislation. So on behalf of our TEAM, I would like to say thank you to Roman for everything he has done to encourage and help TJ in his mission for paralysis cure.
"From Alabama to California, TJ and I fight together so that one day soon, all who suffer from a spinal cord injury / paralysis can stand with you!" ~ Roman Reed
Please stay tuned to Head in the Clouds as more pictures from this special day will be posted soon. Take care and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Much love, Tory