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Kosair Charities gives $7 million to U of L for equipment, research

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The future is getting a little brighter for children in Louisville who have been paralyzed, thanks to a gift from Kosair Charities.

Jamie Bartolini's son Kyle was paralyzed 10 years ago, but he benefited from groundbreaking treatments.

Bartolini told WDRB News, "My husband drove us to Florida with Kyle's wheelchair in tow. When he returned to pick us up four months later, Kyle walked out to meet his daddy in the parking lot."

Now, Kosair Charities is giving the University of Louisville more than $7 million to help children like him.  Doctors at U of L are trying to help children who have suffered spinal cord injuries and head trauma regain the use of their arms and legs.

The money will buy equipment for children's physical therapy, and will bring more top doctors in the field to Louisville.

Today, Kyle has learned to walk again with the use of crutches.  His mother says, "Thank you, from a mom who's been there. But more importantly, thank you from the moms to follow. Your amazing gift will make a difference that will impact kids living with paralysis one step at a time."

U of L is also chipping in nearly $3 million for the research, bringing the total to $10 million.

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