Operation Backbone provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for the most severely wounded active duty & veterans who need an accelerated substitute to their current care options. Post strength, mental & physical training provided by (NHL) Buffalo Sabres.
“The Buffalo Sabres are proud to play a key role in providing Operation Backbone the much needed support to our country’s active duty soldiers and veterans. Working hand in hand with surgeons from Jacobs Vascular Institute (JVI), the Buffalo Sabres are proud to support Operation Backbone and its world wide mission.”
“The Boston Bruins are proud to announce our partnership with Operation Backbone. Providing support to the Veterans who have served our country is incredibly important and we are excited to support this program.”
Dr. Ben Carson
“Operation Backbone not only provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for severely wounded active duty & veterans but also goes deeper ensuring family support and participation, healing wounds that no surgery can mend”.
Below is a snapshot of the most severely wounded active duty and veterans we work with. This is why Operation Backbone was created.
“I was hit by a massive suicide car bomb on Route Irish in Baghdad, Iraq on – AUG 2005. I made it back to our MSS site, which was just around the corner and everyone was already running out to help. Initially, I thought that I was Ok, but I hurt all over. Then, within about 30 minutes large lumps began appearing on my right side, from my neck down my back, which looked like a golf ball cut in half and stuck to my skin. My right arm also seized up and curled up next to my body and was largely frozen there. The surgeons at our MSS site used a combination of injections into the nerve bundles and muscle relaxants to keep it under control, and we didn’t think it was that bad. They asked me if I wanted to be evacuated, but I refused, because I wouldn’t leave my men while we were fighting. So, the surgeons continued treating me like this until we returned to the US. Shortly thereafter, I collapsed after standing up from a chair, and I felt two lightning bolts go down my legs and I hit the ground and couldn’t speak.”
“Being part of Operation Backbone now provides me the chance to give back and serve our men and women who have stood fast year after year to protect this great nation.”
“Seeing the talent, dedication & commitment of Operation Backbone for our soldiers around the world makes me proud to be part of such an outstanding team.”
“Being able to be a part of something like this is special. I am more than happy to do whatever I can to help out somebody who served our country and makes it possible for me to do what I do on the ice.”
Lt. C CDR Kim Mitchell
“Operation Backbone provides more than just brain & spine surgical care, it provides family care and respect.”
Dr. Maroon, M.D. FACS
“Working on top ranked professional athletes is my passion, working with our brave men and women in our armed forces is an honor. Proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”
“WE could think of no better organization to provide our expertise & services for the men and women who sacrifice so much for this great country, that’s why we are proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”
Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD
“When it comes to Operation Backbone for neurosurgical care, the surgeons at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery offer comprehensive expertise. From stroke to spine care, our team uses state-of-the-art technology in a world class facility to provide unparalleled care for patients with trauma, tumors, vascular disease, and spinal problems.”
“I’ve had the good fortune of being involved with many start-ups in my career but nothing that can have an impact quite like this. Operation Backbone will really take shape here in Buffalo, in part through the efforts of the Sabres. My hope and belief is that it won’t be long before all NHL clubs recognize the benefits of Operation Backbone for their own communities.”
Timothy F. Witham, MD, FACS
“Operation Backbone is an inspirational organization committed to the care of wounded soldiers. A premier level of expertise is offered for the treatment of a broad spectrum of spinal disorders using state of the art imaging, diagnostic, and operative technologies. I am proud to be on the advisory board for this organization.”