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The Mark Pollock Trust is delighted to announce its partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, San Diego for this year's Life Style Sports Run in the Dark. Proceeds raised during the San Diego event will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 19, 2014 5:22 PM EDT
Some recent events have started me thinking about greetings , and how those of us who are paralyzed are impacted by the greeting process. The instance when two individuals meet and greet each other is an important one, as it can set the tone for whatever interactions that follow. For the purpose of this discussion I will avoid interactions which are not... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Sep 19, 2014 4:42 PM EDT
    September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and a good time to update your Reeve Foundation Wallet Health Cards. Through our Paralysis Resource Center we offer three personalized wallet cards that can help make sure you or your loved ones get the right care in the event of an emergency: ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 19, 2014 8:15 AM EDT
Join the QUAD Foundation , the San Diego Partner of the Reeve Foundation, for it's 13th Annual Fore Pete's Sake Golf Tournament & Banquet on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Jessup: You want answers?! Kaffee: I want the truth! Jessup: You can't handle the truth! (From the film, A Few Good Men , 1992) I’ve often thought that paralysis -- stripped down -- is simply another prism through which to see this world. In the same way that comedians or novelists draw material out of their own lives, paralysis can be a... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Sep 17, 2014 6:55 PM EDT
I was going to talk about how certain secondary conditions of paralysis have robbed me of almost a year, due to being sick and my slow recovery. I was going to write about sepsis, simple infections that insidiously turn fatal very quickly.  How nearly a year ago, sepsis nearly killed me, again (eight times in ten years), and how I was in and out of... more...
Posted by JenLongdon on Life After Paralysis Sep 17, 2014 1:32 PM EDT
Eric LeGrand , Rutgers University alumni and Adam Taliaferro Penn State University alumni, football players who suffered serious spinal cord injuries on the field, visited with patients and families today to share their inspiring stories and give hope to patients recovering from traumatic injuries, just like their own.  The pair personally... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 12, 2014 11:24 AM EDT
The 15th Anniversary of Olmstead video compilation is a DOJ/HHS tribute to the dedicated and brave individuals who have brought to life the Olmstead decision's promise of community integration for people with disabilities. The video features images and live interviews from disability rights advocates, including Sue Jamieson, the lead... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 11, 2014 5:15 PM EDT
It looks like all of our community members had a very adventurous summer based on the photos were sent to us over the past few months. Best summer travel photo submitted by Candace Cable. Second place photo submitted by Alicia Reagan. We received hundreds of great photos , many of which we featured on our website and in... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 11, 2014 1:37 PM EDT
Could you use some good fitness tips that won't require you to leave home? We have dozens of easy exercises for you to do in our "Tips for Staying Fit video series" . Created specifically for individuals living with paralysis, each video is under two minutes and shows in detail how to do these adaptive exercises . Here's a sample of the... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 10, 2014 2:05 PM EDT
Driving to the airport for her first international contract, fashion model Wendy Crawford at the age of 19 was struck by a drunk driver and, as a result, became a quadriplegic. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 9, 2014 12:53 PM EDT
Not only is September National Spinal Cord Injury Month, but it is also National Yoga Month. To honor both of these occasions, our friends at the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) have produced an Inclusive Yoga workout video for individuals with spinal cord injuries, changing the rules on what is possible when it... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 9, 2014 11:56 AM EDT
For the past few years I have used this blog and several other means to freely dispense facts and my opinions about health and wellness when paralysis is involved. Who is better qualified to do that than someone who has lived with a cervical spinal cord injury for almost 27 years and who is facing the promise of turning 70 in a couple more years? Well I must... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Sep 5, 2014 2:48 PM EDT
This past week, I had three separate encounters where I was unable to attend an event because the public venue wasn’t wheelchair accessible. It started a conversation that I want to relate here.   "Hey Jen, just what is the big deal with lifting you and your wheelchair in and out of places? We love you and we just want to help. We want you here for... more...
Posted by JenLongdon on Life After Paralysis Sep 4, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Now is the time to apply for a 2015 full-ride scholarship for AbleFlight's intensive flight training program at Purdue. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 3, 2014 12:53 PM EDT
We will be at the Abilities Expo Boston September 5 - 7, 2014 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C, where we would like to introduce you to all the great complementary services that the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center has to offer! more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 3, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
It's back-to-school time and we have an easy way for you to school your mind this fall. Check out our series of short videos with Dr. Dan Gottlieb on how you can improve your mind and live better. Dr. Dan has been a practicing psychologist and family therapist since 1969. He has been living with spinal cord injury since 1979. He is a huge favorite of our... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 3, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
New in the PRC Library… My Last Degree: A Therapist Goes Home After A Stroke . By Rebecca Dutton. Book Locker, 2009. In this book, Dutton, an occupational therapist, chronicles how she continued her education upon returning home after a stroke. She provides personal insight about the many problems overlooked by traditional therapy. These... more...
Posted by Sheila Fitzgibbon on Daily Dose Sep 2, 2014 2:56 PM EDT
Labor Day marked the unofficial close to summer. And what an eventful summer it has been for fundraising and nonprofits. The ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge' has gone above and beyond everyone's wildest dreams. This campaign has united the world around a cause while also raising awareness and funds for a debilitating disease. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Sep 2, 2014 2:37 PM EDT
A few of weeks ago the world suffered as Robin Williams became one of the 39,000 Americans, linked to depression, who take their lives each year. Depression is not unique to one group of people or the result of one condition, the list is long as to what can trigger depression, emotional or physical trauma, varied brain activity, disease or even exposure to... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Sep 2, 2014 5:13 AM EDT
They’re back! If this were a sequel we could call it "OPC 2". How about “The Little Cells that Could?” “The Embryo Strikes Back?” I love this story. It may or may not be a great science story but it’s a cool bit of business dramaturgy. The OPC cells, the famous line of embryo-derived stem cells from the... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Aug 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
As summer comes to an end, so does your opportunity to submit your Best Summer Travel Photo . more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Register for this FREE, 1-day, educational conference for persons with spinal cord injury on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ.  The conference is titled " Rising to the Challenge: Creating Employment Opportunity and Maximizing Success ." Conference participants will: - Learn that... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 29, 2014 12:17 PM EDT
As summer comes to an end, so does our special matching gift challenge, when any gift you make BY AUGUST 31, 2014 will be DOUBLED . Eric LeGrand with his mom, Karen. During my years playing football, I learned that what you accomplish in the summer sets you up to succeed in the fall. The Reeve Foundation... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 29, 2014 10:44 AM EDT
Recently, the Shepherd Center , a facility outside of Atlanta that is part of the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network®  (NRN), announced that it had launched the final stage of a clinical trial for a robotics-assisted walking device. Called Indego, the exoskeleton device is a "powered orthosis worn around the waist and legs that... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 28, 2014 2:36 PM EDT
Skin cells from an 86-year old man were genetically reverse-programed to a more primitive state and then transplanted into a rodent model of spinal cord injury. The cells flourished and grew to an astonishing degree from the C5 injury up and down the spinal cord, and even into the brain. That’s what we learn from a really interesting paper that... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Aug 27, 2014 12:11 AM EDT
The Hollywood disability community is ridiculously small, given the huge population of actors, directors, and writers working or trying to work here. The entertainment industry employs very few people with disabilities in front of the camera and almost none behind it. In a slightly dated but no doubt representative study commissioned by the Screen... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Aug 26, 2014 4:48 PM EDT
Registration for this event is being handled by Friends and Neighbors in Action (FNA). Sign up online here. We would like to thank FNA for including Team LeGrand in their fundraising efforts. Team LeGrand aligns with the Reeve Foundation's mission of helping individuals living with spinal cord injury... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 25, 2014 12:24 PM EDT
Make this summer extra special by joining Eric LeGrand to help find cures for spinal cord injury. Any gift you make right now to the Reeve Foundation will be matched dollar-for-dollar and provide TWICE the resources to help people recover and find cures. I know exactly how the Reeve Foundation leverages the... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Congratulations to our friends at The ALS Association for their victory with the Ice Bucket Challenge that is sweeping the globe. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation salutes their success and have been proud supporters of many ALS Association local chapters through Quality of Life grants. In unity there is strength; a cure and research for one... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Aug 22, 2014 4:46 PM EDT

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I am not you, but facing the prospect of having all of these things go wrong in a single year would overtax the psyche of...
Points well made. Believe it or not, people insist they can carry me in my power chair with a total weight in excess of 6...
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what a heartbreaking shame that he couldn't hold on...such a loss to his family and the world.

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