Who We Are

We are the Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of United Spinal Association or, RISE Above Paralysis, Inc.  We are comprised of individuals affected by a spinal cord injury including family members, loved ones, healthcare associates and many more. From the moment of injury, we offer hope through one-on-one support, understanding, and guidance. No other entity provides this depth of support. We work to Reach, Inspire, Support and Empower all those affected by a SCI through our nationally recognized Peer Visitation Program. Staff members and trained volunteers, who have successfully navigated post spinal cord injury life, serve as mentors to help the newly injured, and their families’ to better understand what happened, transition back into the community and meet their goals of leading a fulfilling life.


The Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association –RISE Above Paralysis – was founded in 1992 by several individuals affected by spinal cord injury. They wanted to assist other individuals and family members affected by this traumatic injury and show them that they can continue to lead meaningful lives despite their injury. Each year, nearly 300 individuals in Massachusetts suffer an SCI. It can happen to anyone at anytime. It is both physically and emotionally devastating to the individual, family members and loved ones. The newly-injured, and those around them, must learn to cope with this dramatic change and gradually adjust to post-injury life.


Today, over 25 years after the chapter was founded, the GBC has supported thousands of individuals. We have five part time staff members, over twenty-five volunteers and two offices – one at New England Rehabilitation in Woburn, MA and one at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA.


We foster an “anything is possible” attitude and work to enable individuals to follow their dreams and fulfill. We do not, and have never, charged for our peer mentoring services. We are funded 100% through donations, grants and sponsors.