The Sabrina Cohen Foundation’s efforts have appeared on the pages of Ocean Drive Magazine, WebMD Magazine, the Miami Herald, SELF Magazine,  Palm Beach Post, Wallstreet Journal, New Mobility Magazine and The Jewish Journal. Sabrina has also been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, WSVN’s Deco Drive, ABC, NBC and CBS affiliated stations, WLRN, Comcast, Good Morning America, Detroit News and NPR Talk Radio. Check back with us periodically for updated material.

Charlotte Libov
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‘This is a moment in history’: Miami Beach OKs seaside facility for the disabled

After years of false starts and failed proposals, beachgoers and Miami Beach residents with disabilities will get a new facility that will give them easier access to the beach. Over opposition from many neighbors, commissioners approved an agreement with the Sabrina Cohen Foundation to build the facility. The foundation pledges to raise the money for the building, which will take up part of a beachside parking lot next to the fire station at 5301 Collins Ave. Construction is expected to cost about $4.5 million. Miami Beach will continue to own the land and the building, which will store equipment and house fitness programs.

Seaside facility for disabled gets initial commitment from Miami Beach

Miami Beach has committed a portion of a beachside parking lot in Mid-Beach to build a facility where people with disabilities can store equipment necessary for them to go in the ocean and provide fitness programs.

The 6-1 vote marked a victory for the charity not-for-profit, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, that will now use the commitment to raise money for the design and construction of the building. A management agreement still must be approved.

Joey Flechas, Miami Herald | July 26, 2017 | READ ARTICLE

Miami Beach considers seaside facility for disabled. Neighbors say build it elsewhere:

For years after Helen Swartz moved to Miami Beach in 2011, she was saddened by the fact that she couldn’t go for a swim at the beach. In a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis, she finds it a challenge to enjoy the beach the same way so many able-bodied people can.

Miami Herald | July 25, 2017 | READ ARTICLE

Disabled beachgoers enjoy adaptive beach days near Allison Park in North Beach

Dozens of disabled South Florida residents packed Miami Beach’s North Beach on Sunday for the first 2017 Adaptive Beach Day.
Adaptive Beach Day, hosted by the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, allows disabled South Florida residents the opportunity to swim in the ocean and enjoy a day at the beach, something they can’t do by themselves, foundation founder Sabrina Cohen said.

Miami Herald | APRIL 04, 2017 | READ ARTICLE

Reeve Spotlight: Sabrina Cohen Foundation

When you think of Florida, chances are, the beach is one of the first things that comes to mind. With more than 600 miles of beaches, the state’s sandy shores are enjoyed by more than 80 million visitors each year. Yet, for people living with paralysis, like Sabrina Cohen, seaside areas can be largely inaccessible.

September 07, 2016 READ ARTICLE


Neighbors oppose proposed accessible wellness center in Miami Beach oceanfront park.

December 5, 2015 READ ARTICLE


Will Sabrina Cohen’s Heroic Story Win the Day at Miami Beach’s Allison Park?



“Local nonprofit teams up with Miami Beach to build adaptive fitness center.”

November 1, 2015 • The Miami Herald • READ ARTICLE


Ocean Drive Magazine

May/June 2015 – “Sabrina Cohen turned tragedy into triumph by starting a foundation that has made it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the beach.”


Miami Beach Debuts Adaptive Beach For Those With Disabilities

September 21, 2014
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Living in South Florida, going to the beach is a fun, relaxing, activity people love doing when they are not at work. Except for those with physical disabilities or paralysis who rely on a wheelchair. The sand makes it extremely difficult to maneuver and getting into the water is almost impossible without assistance.


October 20, 2014  – “Steve Guttenberg brings star power help others on Miami Beach” Mayor Philip Levine, Ed Tobin and Micky Ross Steinberg give Actor Steve Guttenberg the Key to the City of Miami Beach and recognizes the Sabrina Cohen Foundation’s “Beach for All’ while spinning at Flywheel Sports – Miami Beach.

September 24, 2014
Beach Buzz: New adaptive beach and playground to open in Miami Beach… Confined to a wheelchair since a high school auto accident, Cohen, 36, runs the Miami Beach-based Sabrina Cohen Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis and other disabilities.  READ MORE

July 23, 2014
A Celebration Of Women: La Femme … en Noir et Blanc Photographer Henry Perez’s New Exhibition Features His Campy Take on Fifty of Florida’s Fabulous Females Benefits The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Individuals Living with Paralysis

June 26, 2014
Grants bring skating, gardening and groovin’ to Miami’s public spaces… The Sabrina Cohen Foundation will use an Our Miami grant towards what its entry describes as the city’s first fully handicapped-accessible beach. A wheelchair mat would lead to a patio landing with assistive beach chairs and adaptive kayaks and flotation devices.

June 26, 2014
Sabrina Cohen wins grant to establish accessible 
‘Beach for All’   It’s been 21 years since Sabrina Cohen’s feet have touched the sand of her native Miami Beach, but this is soon to change, thanks in part to the grant her foundation received on Tuesday. Cohen accepted the $15,000 grant at a special ceremony for the 18 winners of the “Our Miami Public Space Challenge.”

January 23, 2014
“Woman Paralyzed In ’92 Drag Race Near Justin Bieber’s Arrest Site Speaks Out.” – Yahoo Sports, The Post Game. Justin Bieber’s night of drinking and drag racing in Miami ended in charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest. As Sabrina Cohen knows all too well, it could have been much, much worse. READ FULL ARTICLE

October 11, 2013
Fitness-themed fundraiser to help woman knockout paralysis: Miami Beach-based nonprofit Sabrina Cohen Foundation has organized a fundraiser with the aim of raising $5,000 to award a fitness scholarship.

March 5, 2013
The American Red Cross presents 11 outstanding women leaders who will be receiving the Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a luncheon on March 5th at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross.

December 5, 2012
Sabrina Cohen honored for providing inspiration and raising awareness at the 2012 World Stem Cell Summit. Last night the World Stem Cell Summit honored Sabrina Cohen with its Inspiration award for her remarkable work in raising awareness about stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. READ ARTICLE

December 4, 2012
South Florida residents honored for stem cell advocacy: When Sabrina Cohen was just 14, she did what any teenager might do without thinking: But the drag-racers crashed leaving Cohen with a spinal cord injury. Now 34, Cohen will receive the “inspiration award” Tuesday night for her stem cell advocacy from the World Stem Cell Summit being held this week in West Palm Beach. READ MORE

September 11, 2012
Sabrina Cohen nationally recognized by SELF Magazine: Chamber member Sabrina Cohen is a winner in SELF magazine’s “Women Doing Good” contest and is heading to New York City to be honored at a celebrity awards dinner, where Sabrina will receive $10,000 for her nonprofit organization that raises money for medical research.
Miami Beach Community News

September 9, 2012
Local life coach sets inspiring example: Sabrina Cohen plans to graduate from the University of Miami in February as a Certified Professional Life Coach. She is a regular visitor at area schools, invited to encourage students to be themselves and to “trust their gut.”
June 16, 2012
Prom with a Purpose: Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center’s eigth-grade prom raised $3,200 for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research.
February 11, 2012
Miami Beach honors Sabrina Cohen for America Inspired win: Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and the city commissioners honored Sabrina Cohen this week for winning $10,000 in the “America Inspired” contest.
January 9, 2012“
Paralyzed as a teen, Sabrina Cohen fights to cure others” Sabrina Cohen has performed stand-up comedy from a wheelchair, rolled the catwalk as a fashion model, and donned scarcely more than a bikini’s worth of body paint, all in the name of raising money for medical research.

November 28, 2011
“The economics of stem cell research” 89.3 KPCC

November 21, 2011
“Economics, not science, thwarts embryonic stem cell therapy” L.A. Times

March 7, 2011
“People to know” The Miami Herald

December 28, 2010
“Calendar doctor puts the heat in June” Palm Beach Post

December 24, 2010
“Ring in 2011 with a stem cell calendar” The Scientist

July 14, 2010
“Inaugural ‘Sailapalooza’ raises $9000″ Coconut Grove Grapevine

March 22, 2010
“Focus on women’s health at Miami Beach Women’s Conference 2010″ 

January 17, 2010
“Stem cell pioneer to speak at reception, Accelerate the Cure” 

November / December 2009
“American Health Hero”
Sabrina Cohen is recognized by WebMD Magazine as a 2009

February 26, 2007
“HOPING FOR A CURE: Sabrina Cohen uses her advertising skills to launch a foundation to fund stem cell research.”

May 18, 2006
“Raw and Uncensored: Women with disabilities are bold and beautiful at the Dorsch Gallery” Miami New Times

September 26, 2005
“Activist slogans go over the tank top to fight illnesses” Palm Beach Post

September 2004
“Michael J. Fox, supporter of stem cell research, stumps for Kerry in Miami” Miami Herald


News SPLASH: “Beach day held after Miami Beach OKs special needs Recreation Center”

WATCH INTERVIEW | August 6, 2017 | WSVN 7 News

Heated Battle Brewing To Allow Disabled To Reach The Beach:

WATCH VIDEO | July 26, 2017 | CBS Miami

City commissioners vote in favor of facility for physically impaired beachgoers:

WATCH VIDEO | July 26, 2017 | WSVN 7  News

Residents battle with proposed wellness facility for those with disabilities:

WATCH VIDEO | July 26, 2017 | WSVN 7  News

April 21, 2017 Finance and Citywide Projects

Item 3 – Discuss An Arrangement With Sabrina Cohen Foundation For The Construction And Operation Of An Adaptive Fitness Center At A Portion Of The 53rd Street Parking Lot With Direction To Staff To Do Outreach To The Buildings Immediately Adjacent. Commission Item C48, March 22, 2017 (Sponsored by Commissioner Malakoff) John Rebar, Parks and Recreation Director

WATCH VIDEO (Click on “Commission Meetings” right above the video and then click “Finance and Citywide Projects Apr 21, 2017,” Item #3


August 6, 2016WATCH VIDEO


Sabrina Cohen Foundation and Rey 3 at The Miami Construction Show

Oct 28, 2015 WATCH VIDEO

Accessible beach/playground and adaptive programs coming soon to Miami Beach. Watch what the Miami Beach Commission had to say here…

December 17, 2014 WATCH VIDEO


Sabrina Cohen on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

June 13, 2014 – “Disabled women inspires others” – WATCH VIDEO


January 24, 2014
“Drag racing victim speaks out after Justin Bieber incident” – WPLG 10 News WATCH VIDEO



Red Cross Spectrum recognizes Sabrina Cohen

March 5, 2013 – Sabrina Cohen receives the Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award from the American Red Cross, alongside 10 outstanding women leaders in South Florida. WATCH VIDEO


October 7, 2012
Chief Investigative Reporter and Host of Focus on South Florida, Michele Gillen, interviews Sabrina Cohen, President of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, on her life with paralysis and advocacy efforts post being honored as a 2012 SELF Magazine “Women Doing Good”.


September 12, 2012
SELF Magazine’s fifth annual Women Doing Good honorees prove that whatever life hands you, you can use your heart and smarts to make a difference. Get inspired by these real women, including celebrities Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington and Jenna-Dewan Tatum, and community activist Sabrina Cohen.

November 28, 2011
Stem cell research is expensive. But advocates say it will one day yield cures that could save Americans billions in long-term healthcare costs. California is now a world leader in stem cell research. Backers of the science believe this field will not only save lives but possibly save the state’s economy as well. Sabrina Cohen supports stem cell research for personal reasons. “The economics of stem cell research”

October 2009
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research was interviewed at The World Stem Cell Summit 2009 at Johs Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Sabrina Cohen attended as a speaker and patient advocate. Capital News Service –

May 30, 2009
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation gets ready to donate its first stem cell research grant to Dr. Hans Keirstead, University of California, Irvine, at a June 6th event. “Good for You” Interview with Jorge Estevez from CBS News

March 6, 2009
“Sabrina Cohen on President Obama’s decision to lift stem cell ban.” FOX News Interview

November 29, 2008
“Unlock the Cells” An evening of Cocktails & Couture. WSVN Segment on Deco Drive

December 6, 2008
The promise of stem cell research and Sabrina Cohen’s advocacy efforts. CBS “News & Views” Interview with Eliott Rodriguez