Estefan Donates A Million To Paralysis Program
Veteran singer GLORIA ESTEFAN is donating $1 million (GBP590,000) to create a human clinical trials program at the Miami Project To Cure Paralysis in Florida. Kind-hearted Estefan's monetary gift marks the 16th anniversary of a tour bus accident which left her temporarily paralysed. The 48-year-old star broke her back in the Pennsylvania accident in 1990. Speaking yesterday (21MAR06), she said, "Tomorrow, which is also my mother's birthday, will be 16 years that I got that operation and my extra spare parts that I carry with me still with pride and love, those titanium rods. "I don't beep at airports. I always get that question. I'm not magnetic. Space age metal. And titanium reinforced. Guys in my band called me robo-pop." Estefan, who is making the donation alongside her producer husband EMILIO ESTEFAN, is a board member of the national fundraising arm of the Miami Project.