At VMC you will walk, never alone

VMC physicians save lives everyday – curing disease, rehabilitating injury and giving our patients hope for the future. But rarely do they get the opportunity to fundamentally alter the course of modern medicine, potentially impacting lives throughout the world. Until now.

Dr. Akshat Shah, a leader of VMC’s renowned Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit, joined the Medical Advisory Board of Berkeley Bionics to do what many would say is impossible – to use technology and robotics to allow paralyzed people to walk again. He joined Berkeley Bionics last week in San Francisco for the unveiling of their revolutionary bionic exoskeleton. The results, as the video shows, are astounding. (Dr. Shah is identified as affiliated with Stanford University in the video because like many VMC Physicians, he also teachers at the Stanford School of Medicine.)

Dr. Shah and Berkeley Bionics will continue testing the technology at VMC in the coming year, working with the VMC Foundation as we seek funding to support the project.

The potential is clear – thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, may walk again.

As Dr. Shah says in the video below, “that’s how you change the world.”

October is EVENT month!

We’re flapping our arms just as fast as we can here in VMC Foundationland, with more going on than at any other time of the year. Just two Saturdays ago was our annual Gala, a black tie affair that set the bar for all other parties to come. Thanks to Cindy and David Lazarus for opening their incredible home to us, and for all who made it such a success.

Oh, but there’s so much more:

Tomorrow, 10/15, is the opening of a new medical thriller at the San Jose Repertory Theater, and each performance of “Secret Order” will also benefit the VMC Foundation. I’m always saying “I love the theater but never seem to go as often as I should”. Here’s our chance; get your tickets here!

This Saturday 10/17 is “Day on the Bay” in Alviso, a multicultural celebration presented by the VMC Foundation and Supervisor Dave Cortese…come on down for a day of family fun.

(Psst…you’ve probably gotten your voter guides by now too…remember: YES on A)

Since we all eat lunch and dinner, why not make it count? Assemblyman Jim Beall has arranged for California Pizza Kitchen and BJ’s Restaurant to donate 20% of your check to the VMC Foundation – but here’s the catch: You have to go on Wednesday, 10/27, and you have to bring the corresponding flyer with you, which you can get here. Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by supporting our Mammography Access Program!
The annual “Buddy Walk” takes place on Saturday, 10/23 at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose. This is a great event produced by the Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network and the VMC Foundation, raising awareness and community involvement for families with members who have Down Syndrome. This is a very inspiring day.
We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of Valley Health Center Milpitas on Saturday, 10/30, 10am-2pm. Come on down to 143 N. Main Street in Milpitas for a festival for the whole family, tours of the new clinic, health screenings, and fun. Call 408-299-5030 for more info. Thanks again to Supervisor Cortese for co-presenting this event.
And for you golfers, there MIGHT be a spot or two left in the Turning Wheels Golf Tournament, sponsored and led by Strikeforce! At the exclusive San Jose Country Club, this event happens 10/25…but I’d call soon to get in: 408-391-6720.

Whew. There’s probably more…and as always, you can contact us at for more info on ANY of these great events. See you soon!