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Sabrina Cohen works with many support groups, including ones for people with spinal cord injuries like her own. Photo: Charlotte Libov
Birds reader, health book author and public speaker Charlotte Libov urges everyone to vote for health activist Sabrina Cohen, a finalist for an award from America Inspired, the national contest that celebrates extraordinary people across the US. 

Sabrina was one of five nominees chosen from more than 900 nominees.  After voting closes on Jan. 27, the finalist with the most overall votes will win $50,000. Charlotte urges everyone to vote for Sabrina in the Overcoming Adversity Category. You may vote once a day until January 27.

Paralyzed at age 14 in a car crash, Sabrina went on to graduate from the University of Miami and open her own public relations business. Inspired by the hope of stem cell research, she closed her business in 2004 to devote her life to raising money for stem cell research and helping others who are paralyzed. In a few short years, she has raised more than $75,000 and donated it to the top researchers in the field seeking cures for not only paralysis, but also stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS and more.

Read more about her amazing life in a story Charlotte wrote for examiner.com.
http://www.examiner.com/health-in-miami/paralyzed-as-a-teen-sabrina-cohen-fights-for-a-cure

If Sabrina’s story inspires you, too sign up for examiner.com, then vote. Good luck, Sabrina!

Here’s an excerpt from Charlotte's story:

Sabrina Cohen has performed stand-up comedy from a wheelchair, rolled the catwalk as a fashion model, and donned scarcely more than a bikini's worth of body paint, all in the name of raising money for medical research. She's also lobbied Congress, hobnobbed with Bill and Hillary Clinton, strategized with Michael J. Fox, and has proved an inspiration to  Dr. Sally Temple, winner of a MacArthur genius grant for her work as a neuroscientist. 

But Sabrina's most satisfying moments come when she's called upon to provide hope to newly paralyzed people whose lives, like hers, have changed in a flash. "These are people who are going through their darkest days. They need to talk with someone who can give them hope. Not false hope, but realistic hope," she says.

Paralyzed at the age of 14, Sabrina knows about dark days. But she also knows about hope. And, for this, she's been honored many times. But she's never lost sight of her true goal, which is overcoming adversity and teaching others to do it too.
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Read more about Sabrina's amazing life in a story Charlotte wrote for examiner.com. 
http://www.examiner.com/health-in-miami/paralyzed-as-a-teen-sabrina-cohen-fights-for-a-cure

If Sabrina’s story inspires you, too sign up for examiner.com, then vote. Thank you, Charlotte, for letting us know about her. Good luck, Sabrina!