Boyd formal photo
New York, NY (March 27, 2017) – Retired boxer and Army Public Affairs Officer Boyd Melson will attend and speak at the NYC Spinal Cord Injury Association (NYCSCIA) 13th annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser Tuesday, March 28 in New York City.

All of the proceeds are going to the NYCSCIA’s Quality of Life Program. The event begins at 6 PM from SlateNY, located at 54 West 21st Street. All attendees will enjoy a buffet dinner, wild and crazy dance party, live auction, raffle and live performance from Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band and the musical styling of DJ Mike Offner.

Tickets are available at and those unable to attend can make a tax-deductible donation at

A special guest attendee, Melson will deliver a short speech and is donating a pair of sneakers worn by Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love during the 2016 NBA Finals to help raise money during the silent auction. Having attended NYSCIA events in the past while donating the majority of his fight purses to help cure Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries, these kind of events have a special place in his heart.

“The NYSCIA is an organization aimed at helping improve the lives of human beings in New York City paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries. I am ecstatic about attending so that I may offer my words and enjoy the night with all of the warriors in wheelchairs attending the fundraiser that night. I hope the 2016 NBA Finals game worn Kevin Love sneakers I am giving them to auction off raises a good amount of money for their organization. We’re all in this together to find a cure. We want to break the chains confining these human beings to their wheelchairs. The clinical trial that TEAM FIGHT TO WALK has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for throughout the past six plus years, should have its FDA approval by early fall this year.”

“The trial will consist of 27 patients between three different hospitals. There will be nine participants each between The University of Newark Hospital in Newark, NJ, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, NY, and Long Island Jewish in Long Island, NY. This is the study that Dr. Wise Young conducted in China that was published in the medical journal “Cell Transplantation” in the May 2016 issue. The study involves the injection of umbilical cord stem cells directly into the spinal cord along with a rigorous walking therapy. The published study states that 15 out of 20 participants, paralyzed an average of 7 years, can now walk at least 10 meters with only the assistance of a walker. It also states that 12 out of those same 20 participants regained the use of their bladders and bowels. If you are unable to attend the NYSCIA Mardi Gras fundraiser, please consider making a donation because every bit of assistance provided could change lives. Every single raindrop helps create the storm of change.”