A special event to raise critical funds to advance
innovations in spinal health care.
The Spinal Research Foundation’s mission is to improve spinal health care through research, education, and patient advocacy.

Thank you for supporting!

On behalf of the Spinal Research Foundation (SRF) Board of Directors, we thank you for supporting the Inaugural We’ve Got Your Back Gala.

The gala was a celebration of SRF’s 16 years of improving spinal health through research, education, and patient advocacy and a nod to the innovative future.  Each year 99 million Americans suffer from debilitating neck or back pain and it is with your support that SRF can provide individuals with hope and the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their spinal health.

This special event showcased interactive demonstrations in the Spinal Tech Lounge, sponsored by Medtronic, and honored some of the most influential individuals within spinal health during the Spinal Champion Award Ceremony.  The evening concluded with a Dessert Reception, generously provided by a Friend of SRF, where patients, physicians, industry leaders, and members of the community networked and exchanged ideas, producing an overwhelmingly positive and innovative energy.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the gala, please contact us.  If you were unable to attend but would like to donate, please send a check or visit our online giving site.

Spinal Research Foundation
11800 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 620
Reston, VA 20191


Rita Roy, MD                                                                Thomas C. Schuler, MD, FACS
Co-Chair, We’ve Got Your Back Gala                   Co-Chair, We’ve Got Your Back Gala

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Spinal Champion Awards

SRF honors the 2018 We’ve Got Your Back Gala award recipients for their commitment and contributions to improving spinal health care.

Sydnee Lubar
Sydnee LubarYoung Spinal Champion of the Year
Honoring extraordinary leadership among young people that furthers SRF’s mission of education and patient advocacy for spinal health care.

Sydnee is a seventeen-year-old high school senior at Sidwell Friends School. A native of Washington, D.C., she is passionate about photography and fitness. In 2014, Sydnee was diagnosed with scoliosis and wore a back brace for five years. This experience compelled her to marry her passions with her personal struggle in her new book, SPINES, whose proceeds go to charity. SPINES contains black and white photos, along with the unique stories of twenty-eight girls and women who all share their scoliosis journey. Sydnee’s book launch has landed her in a variety of news media spots where she champions the case for effective spinal treatments. Sydnee plans to attend college next year.

Peyton Manning
Peyton ManningSpinal Champion Hero Award
A nationally recognized spinal champion who empowers people with knowledge and hope by proving that spinal treatments work.

Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as one of the leaders in nearly every statistical passing category. Manning underwent a C6-7 fusion in 2011 and not only came back to play but win Super Bowl 50.

Eric D. Major
Eric D. MajorInnovator of the Year
Recognizing excellence in innovation that advances spinal health care.

Eric Major serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of K2M, and is a co-founder of the company. Mr. Major previously previously co-founded American OsteoMedix Corp. (AOM), a minimally invasive spinal device company that was acquired by Interpore Cross International in 2001. Prior to co-founding AOM, Mr. Major served in several sales/marketing, strategic, and product development capacities with various spinal companies including Acromed Spine Inc. (now a Johnson & Johnson company) and Synthes Spine, Inc. Mr. Major has over 20 years of experience in the spine industry and was the 2010 recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Technologies in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Mr. Major is a member of the AdvaMed CEO Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. Mr. Major is also active in the local community, serving on boards for Loudon Small Business Development Center, as well as the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation, Inc., a local historic preservation organization. Mr. Major holds a B.S. from James Madison University where he proudly serves on the JMU College of Business Executive Advisory Council.

Brian D. Nault
Brian D. NaultBeatty Champion of Hope Award
In recognition of the distinguished contributions that promote SRF’s purpose of empowering patients with knowledge and hope.

Brian Nault is the President and co-founder of BlueWater Federal Solutions, where he leads corporate strategy and business development. Leveraging his 30 years of professional experienc ein information technology and federal government contracting, Mr. Nault has led BlueWater for the past 12 years in executing successful service strategies for defense and national security clients. Prior to BlueWater, he worked as an executive manager for the Ford Motor Credit Company and as a senior vice president for American Operations Corporation. Mr. Nault serves on the executive committee as Treasurer for the Spinal Research Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Southern Maine. Through Mr. Nault’s dedication to SRF, he has helped raise nearly $100,000 by encouraging support for SRF’s We’ve Got Your Back race and has consistently helped bring the largest team numbers for this annual event.

SRF Gala Corporate Partners & Host Committee Members

A special thank you to all of the donors for their generosity and commitment to improving spinal health care!

Spinal Tech Lounge Sponsor

Champion Table Sponsor


Mr. & Mrs.
Mark Bishof


Greg & Candy



Dr. & Mrs.
Christopher R. Good


Dr. & Mrs.
Thomas C. Schuler

After Party Dessert Social Sponsor


Advocate Table Sponsor


Dr. Rita Roy
& Dr. Jon Merril


Fred &
Britlan Malek

Partner Table Sponsor

Host Committee Member

Ethan Assal

John Beatty, Sr.

Kevin Burke

Convergent AV

Bill Evers

Stacy & Greg

Dr. Christopher
R. Good

Christina &
Christopher Grigorian

Mike Howland

Kay Kendall &
Jack Davies

Mr. & Mrs.
Brian Nault

Michelle & Chris

Ray Puglsey

Dr. Rita Roy

Dr. Tom C.

Dr. Paul

Dr. Brian

Suzanne & Glenn

 Celebrating Spinal Champions

A person who has achieved an improved quality of life through treatment

for a neck or back injury or disorder.