Photographed by Ginny Dixon.


At the age of 14, Sabrina was involved in a drag racing accident, where all it took was a split second for her life to drastically change. On October 31, 1992, Sabrina walked out of her house a healthy, physically active teenager on her way to a party. On February 2, 1993, she rolled back into her house in a wheelchair paralyzed from the neck down. But that never stopped her.

Her strong will to live and innate tendency to make the best of any situation continuously keeps her going. Today, the promise of stem cell research provides Sabrina with a mission to make a difference. She is currently the Associate Director of the Genetics Policy Institute, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the global advancement of stem cell research; she started her own progressive line of apparel to promote the cause through awareness and education ( and directs her own foundation, The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research.

“Advocating for stem cell research has become my passion and my hope for a brighter tomorrow.”