BACKBONES exists to help people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and their families connect with their communities. We do that by creating events and experiences that promote awareness and engage people of all abilities


BACKBONES was born when friends and family of Reveca Torres started a fundraising campaign in order to help pay for medical expenses after a spinal cord injury. Surrounded by great people, Reveca realized the importance of a support system to help reach one’s goals after an injury and the impact others with similar injuries had — they provided motivation and confidence that couldn’t be found elsewhere.

With the support and guidance of so many, Reveca Torres and co-founders Veronica Gott, Patricia Mikicic and Annie Gonzalez put a long-time goal into motion and transformed BACKBONES into what it is today: a place to connect with others with the purpose of learning, teaching, and sharing.

Core Values


We acknowledge, appreciate and are thankful for the role of every person and hope everyone receiving is motivated to give back.


We strive to be a leader in thought and practice among the SCI and disability community by fostering strong leaders and advocates nationwide.


Our programs provide resources, information and tools to increase autonomy and self-determination as individuals and as a community.


A sense of duty to those we serve, our peers and ourselves. Accountable for our actions and commitments we have made. Because we said we would.


We continue to challenge the way we think and our methodology. We are open to new ideas and flexible to new processes. Stay fresh!