Making a Difference
We believe in empowering those affected by paralysis with the best knowledge, resources, support, and community.
I heard from one of our favorite Team Reevers this week, Nancy Ansheles, who first ran with us in NYC in 2009. She continues to help spread the mission of the Reeve Foundation as a member of Team Reeve, this year at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota. Here's her report: Read More
Just wanted to pass along Nicole's words of appreciation and inspiration. She ran with Team Reeve NYC 2010 & Marine Corps 2011. Another one of those instances of the power of we and Team Reeve!
Manager, Team Reeve
Dear Leigh and everyone at Team Reeve,
I would like to share with you something wonderful and very meaningful. Read More
I wanted to share this Quality of Life story from a 2nd Cycle 2011 grantee. Providence Child Center in Portland, Oregon received a grant of $5,000 to support the durable medical equipment loaner program.
One of the pieces of equipment purchased with the funds was a special walker that helps with therapies designed for maximizing outcomes for children with paralysis and mobility impairments. Clara is shown using the walker in her home, and the note from her father expresses her parents' gratitude to the Reeve Foundation.
Director of Quality of Life Grants Read More
Two years ago, while boarding a bus in the Costa Rican town of Alajuela, Francisco Javier (pictured at right in his first power chair) faltered. The 58-year-old was pushing his wheelchair up the bus’s ramp, but without arm rails or anyone to assist him he fell back, hitting his head hard on the street below. He suffered serious injuries, which even after multiple surgeries resulted in permanent lost vision in his left eye. Read More
My dad taught in elementary school for over thirty years in the town we lived, so invariably when we went out together to the diner, the mall, or the post office while I was growing up, there was always someone calling out “Hey Dr. B!” followed by a chat to catch up with a former student or their family. To me, it felt like he was mayor and I grew up having a profound understanding of all the people’s lives he affected.
I was reminded of this feeling last night. I attended the life remembrance service for our friend Christina Symanski. I wasn’t struck by just the sheer number of folks that came to pay their respect to her family, but by how everyone talked about Christina. Almost everyone I spoke to described her as having been their teacher- and not just her former students (Christina was an elementary school art teacher just prior to her spinal cord injury in 2005), but her sister, her friends from college, her gaming buddies, even friends she had never met in person before but had advised and counseled online.Read More
The Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network is by far one of my personal favorite programs we have. It's exciting, unique, and gives individuals back their ability to walk and much more.
Our Quality of Life Grants Program awards everything from arts and dance programs to assistance dogs. Here is what Cal State San Bernardino is doing with their most recent Quality of Life Grant they received totaling, $9,900.
This was emailed to me from friend of the Reeve Foundation, Tom Hernon at Back2Sports.net. (Tom is a great guy and pushes the boundaries of possibilities. Read more about him here). Targeted at young wheelchair athletes, Muskegon State Park is forming the world's first adaptive luge team which is a result of a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant two years ago.
Here is Tom's email...
We devote a lot of time here helping others cope and coping with bad news ourselves. Here is a letter we got recently:Read More
I recently attented the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference in Philadelphia on behalf of the Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). (Read about my experience at AOTA.)
This Making a Difference
blog is all about how we here at the Reeve Foundation make a difference in the lives of those living with paralysis. Our NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Program helped one person so much, he decided to get a tattoo of our logo to represent just how grateful he is to be able to walk again from being part of the NRN. Read More