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.
Last week I started a three month internship with Frazier Rehab’s Spinal Cord Medicine Program. When I applied for the internship I had no idea that it was part of the nation’s NeuroRecovery Network
, which is of course funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise and delight when I first walked into the therapy gym to find several aids and therapists wearing Team Reeve
and Reeve Foundation shirts. I recognized the red and orange flame of hope immediately. It was only then that I realized what truly lay before me, and the emotional magnitude of it almost had me in tears.
I had come full circle on a journey that began more than twenty years ago (when I was once a SCI patient at Frazier Rehab), a journey I didn’t even know I was on until standing at the starting line of the 2010 NYC Marathon
. It’s no exaggeration when I say that weekend changed my life in ways I never thought possible. The people I met at Team Reeve and the stories they shared inspired me to pursue a career -- a life -- I hadn’t ever before considered, a complete change in direction from everything I had done up until that point.
Standing there in that gym, watching therapists help patients reclaim the use of their bodies, I knew that physical therapy -- specifically, neurorehabilitation -- was right for me. It was an incredible feeling of belonging and connectedness knowing not only that I too had once struggled to overcome paralysis but also that I had helped make their treatment possible. It is difficult for me to put into words the emotions I felt upon seeing my donation dollars at work, to really watch Team Reeve’s philosophy in motion. The treadmills, computers, and specialized training exhibited by the staff --these are the tools that help people learn to walk again.
These are the advancements championed by the Reeve Foundation that help patients recover faster and better. It was exciting in 2010 and 2011, when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon for Team Reeve, to know then that I was helping make those advancements possible and accessible to millions. It is now incredibly fulfilling and touching to be able to work with patients and watch them grow stronger every day due to the relentless efforts of the Reeve Foundation to cure spinal cord injuries in people worldwide.
So thank you, Team Reeve. Thank you for your dedication and passion for a cause that affects more people than we realize, of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities. Thank you for inspiring me to pursue a path of personal growth and professional satisfaction that I had never before considered. I wouldn’t be confident in my future and excited about lies ahead if it weren’t for you.
When I started out on the Verrazano Bridge on that chilly, sunny Sunday morning of the NYC Marathon, I felt proud knowing that I was running for an organization I believed in, an organization that changes lives every day. Little did I know just how much it would change mine.
Thank you for everything.