Signature Flight Support
issponsoring the Benton Burgess family flight, to help cure
paralysis. This summer, Benton and his 10-year-old son Garrett are
flying a single-engine airplane to every state capital in the
contiguous United States in order to raise money for spinal cord
injury (SCI) research. "I don’t think most people realize how
close we are to a cure," said Burgess. "Our goal of this tour is to
increase awareness and raise enough money to help open a pediatric
SCI rehab center here in Boston."
Six years ago, Garrett was in a car accident that left him a
quadriplegic. Back then, the landscape was pretty bleak for any
kind of treatment to help his condition. But in the past few years,
doctors and scientists have made significant strides toward a cure.
They are now at the point where they are limited more by a lack of
funding than by medical technology. This flight will help fund
Two million people in the United States are living with
paralysis, with millions more affected worldwide. "We know there
are no quick or easy answers," said Burgess. "But we want to do all
we can to continue toward a cure. We’re hoping this flying
tour of the 49 state capitals will make a difference in
doctors’ ability to treat spinal cord injuries."
Beth Haskins, president and CEO of Signature Flight Support,
says the company shares the family’s hopes. "Signature is
honored to support such a worthy cause," noted Haskins. "The
Burgess family has demonstrated a great deal of courage and
leadership by taking this upon themselves. We wish both Benton and
Garrett the best on their journey toward a cure; and we look
forward to helping them at stops all along the way."