The term “one split second” has many meanings. In one split second, you can capture a photo, or in one split second, your life can change as the result of a spinal cord injury. One split second also defines the relationship between two very influential men in our Miami community. They share more than the same first name. They share a story of spinal cord injuries, and a passion to find a cure.
Alan Roth and Alan T. Brown are both old friends of mine. I met Roth when I got involved in the Fashion Art Ball for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, when I was fresh on the Miami society circuit. Alan is also responsible for me ever having ended up on MTV and VH1, but that’s a different story for another time. Alan T. Brown was introduced to me many years ago through my old friends at my first traumatizing job at RBB PR, but out of every bad experience comes great things—and Alan is in that category.
The difference between the two men is that after two horrible, traumatic accidents, Alan T. Brown is confined to a wheelchair for life, and Alan Roth was blessed enough to be fully functional and walk again. This same type of accident ultimately took the life of “The Man of Steel,” Christopher Reeve.
Brown now serves as the Director of Public Impact at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which Roth recently became involved with. When he and Brown were introduced, Brown noticed a scar on Roth’s neck. As Alan explains to me, “When I was a kid, I broke my neck. I was luckily saved by one doctor in Boston who found out it was broken between my 1st and 2nd vertebrae, the exact same place as Christopher Reeve. After a 9-hour operation, I was ok, somehow. I was in a straight bed, a halo and I couldn’t move. I have had three accidents in my life, or maybe I was even born with it? We were unsure. I was once paralyzed and then ok, then I wrestled with my brother, then paralyzed then ok, then once playing with my sister. But after every accident, they couldn’t find anything wrong with me.”
As a result of his good fortune, Roth is now dedicating his charitable work to the spinal cord injury cause that is so dear to him. “I felt this connection to do this,” Roth continues, “and to start this together with Brown.”
And it wouldn’t be an Alan Roth fundraiser without a cool angle. Over the past 15 years, Roth has photographed musicians including Nas, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, Kanye West, Iggy Pop and beyond. Capturing them before stage and after their performance too, Roth always wanted showcase these images. Now he is—and for a good cause!
On Saturday, February 2nd at the Gibson Miami Showroom, Roth’s rocker images will be on sale, with proceeds going to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Tickets are $50 and include complimentary cocktails, music by DJ Danny Stern and Roth’s photography. The collection was curated by Lina Hargrett, who came from the Snitzer Gallery (which means she’s good).
Alan-squared brought on Adrian Gonzales, Amy Wax, the Barclay Gang, Claudio Figueredo, Jaime Coco, Jennifer Halegua, Leah Stern, Michelle Blaze Kane, Oscar Morales, Todd Goldenfarb and Tommy Pooch for their FIRST event together. Tickets are nearly sold out, so hurry! You can buy them on the Christopher Reeve website. It will only take one split second.
Also, Alan Roth has offered Miami Pop readers his personal email, so if you can’t make it to the actual event, contact him directly for images of his photography. You can bid, too, by e-mailing him.