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Where will your summer adventures take you this year? Whether you're heading to the beach, exploring an exotic locale or relaxing in your own backyard, we want to see your photos. Submit your best summer travel shot , and you may be recognized as our Summer Travel Photo Contest winner. Each week we will share one or more of our favorites photos from... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 25, 2014 12:03 PM EDT
We will be at the  Houston Abilities Expo  on  July 25 - 27, 2014  at the NRG Center (formerly Reliant Center) Hall E, where we would like to introduce you to all the great FREE Services that our Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center has to offer! more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
Most people understand that exercise is good for the bodies of both able-bodied and disabled individuals alike. The breadth of scholarship in the field has suggested that the more fit you are, the healthier the life you will lead. This isn't shocking information, by any means. But what might be more startling are the statistics compiled and... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 24, 2014 8:30 AM EDT
We all catch a cold or the flu from time to time and if your anything like me, you want it gone, now or at least feel back to my old self while the malady weasels its way out of my body and mind. There are plentiful over-the-counter medications that have one purpose, decrease the uncomfortable symptoms of the illness but most have unfavorable reactions with... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jul 24, 2014 2:00 AM EDT
Last month, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in partnership with Portlight Strategies , convened an event in Weehawken, New Jersey around a critical topic – emergency preparedness . Called the "Getting it Right" Conference, the weekend brought together leading advocates in the field of disability rights, local, state and... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 23, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
Eight years after leaving Carlos Lima’s clinic in Portugal, having paid him to take tissue from her nose and transplant it into her spinal cord, a young Iowa woman developed pain at the implant site. Turns out a tumor-like growth had formed on her cord. Surgeons in Iowa City removed a one-inch growth, described elsewhere as “mainly nasal... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Jul 22, 2014 12:47 PM EDT
When I was growing up, I used to think of Winter as the most dangerous season. It required the most work in preparation for its arrival, as it was necessary to stock up on firewood and to put the snow tires back on the family car for another season. Electric bills shot up, as the furnace worked hard to keep our house warm throughout the Winter. Periods of... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jul 21, 2014 3:18 PM EDT
I take discrimination and oppression very personally because I know first-hand the dehumanizing affects of both of them, how they feel, what they look like and how they smell. Yes, I said discrimination and oppression have a smell, they smell like fear, the fear of the unknown, the fear that comes from ignorance and the ultimate true definition of fear,... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jul 19, 2014 8:05 PM EDT
The inside-your-head interaction of brain and body, beyond the social nature of disability and even beyond medicine alone, is something I’ve been intrigued with since first becoming paralyzed. I am pretty sure that my own state of mind at the time (including a super high stress level) had something to do with my contracting the neuroimmune... more...
Posted by Allen Rucker on Life After Paralysis Jul 18, 2014 7:34 PM EDT
This Saturday, July 19th, will kick off the biggest fundraising event to date for the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN). Eight NRN facilities nationwide will hold a 24-hour treadmill walkathon to support the expansion and growth of the NRN. Other NRN centers are joining the movement by raising additional funds to contribute to the... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 18, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
The Foundation has awarded $537,550 in Quality of Life Grants to 73 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve , Quality of Life grants support nonprofit initiatives that mirror the Reeve Foundation's mission to empower the paralysis community. Funded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 18, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
When it comes to our health, we are acutely aware that quality of life can change quickly depending on the care received. Fortunately, we have medical advances that save lives, such as specialized rehabilitation facilities and therapies. With acute care being provided in a rehabilitation hospital or unit, individuals achieve improved health and... more...
Posted by rgentles on Daily Dose Jul 16, 2014 8:53 AM EDT
This coming fall, University of Tennessee graduate Lindsay Lee will attend Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar , where she will pursue a master's degree in applied statistics. But before she heads to England, and thanks in part to a Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant, she is spending the summer working as an intern through... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
In June 2013 I posted a blog to this site titled Promoting Van Rental Opportunities . In that blog I complained about the failure of mainstream car and van rental companies to provide ramp or lift-equipped vehicles in their extensive fleets and, when or if they did provide them, to rent them at comparable rates to those passenger or cargo vans available in... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jul 12, 2014 4:06 PM EDT
Caregiving, whether it is for an adolescent child, an adult child, a spouse or any relative is not an exact science. Everyone's experiences are different. In my case, I am taking care of my 23-year-old son who was injured three years ago while making a tackle during a college football game. While we have accepted "our new normal," I think... more...
Posted by KarenLeGrand on Life After Paralysis Jul 11, 2014 10:52 AM EDT
After an exciting community vote, we are pleased to announce the Top Ten pieces of art submitted to Expressions of Paralysis. Each of these pieces will be featured on Reeve Foundation walls at our headquarters in Short Hills, NJ. Thank you to those who voted --- we were thrilled by the response and excited to unveil the Top Ten as selected by our community.... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 11, 2014 10:25 AM EDT
The Raw Beauty Project NYC is a groundbreaking photography exhibit that showcases the true beauty and sensuality of women living with various types of disabilities photographed by high-profile fashion and celebrity photographers. The project is designed to inspire the public to create new perceptions, transform stereotypes and break through... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 10, 2014 1:58 PM EDT
A few months back, I traveled to the countries of Georgia and Armenia as a guest of both Embassies’ for the U.S. Speaker and Specialists Program; this program is just one of the many State Department programs that support U.S. and foreign relationships. The trip was a blast as well as an intense schedule of meetings and activities, but... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jul 8, 2014 12:06 PM EDT
A message from Eric LeGrand to all Team LeGrand supporters: The fourth annual A Walk to Believe: One Step Closer with Team LeGrand was a huge success! Thank you to the Team LeGrand community who came out in droves to participate in this year’s walk and to support the Team LeGrand mission -- cures for SCI. We shattered our goal of $52,000 and raised... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 8, 2014 9:44 AM EDT
Manchester, NH lawyer Ron Abramson has been a runner since 2006. Having completed over 25 marathons and ultra-marathons, Abramson decided to set his sights on a new challenge. On July 19, 2014, Abramson will join 300 other runners – and dozens of horses – at the start of the Vermont 100 Endurance Run, where he'll tackle his biggest running challenge... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 7, 2014 12:58 PM EDT
This blog is based on a stroke study. Don’t leave. The lessons are important and apply to any and all traumas to the central nervous system (CNS), including spinal cord injury. Therapy plus training, plus the right timing, can equal recovery. A paper was published a couple of weeks ago from the Martin Schwab lab at the Brain Research Institute in... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Jul 7, 2014 12:51 PM EDT
Don’t miss your chance to vote for the 2014 Best Dad on Wheels . Voting ends at 11:59 pm ET on Monday, July 7, 2014. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 6, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program has awarded 2,380 grants totaling over $17.6 million since 1999. The grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and tribal entities that provide programs and services to individuals with paralysis and their families. Christopher & Dana Reeve... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 3, 2014 11:41 AM EDT
If you were to comb through stories of people who have made seemingly impossible recoveries following a spinal cord injury, you'll find one name that keeps coming up again and again: the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) . The Reeve Foundation NRN is a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jul 3, 2014 9:51 AM EDT
New in the PRC Library… Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairy Tale. By Jewel Kats , Illustrations by Richa Kinra. Loving Healing Press, 2011. This inspiring fairytale, which was five years in the making, puts a clever, modern twist on the much loved Cinderella story. Author Jewel Kats, whose own physical abilities were... more...
Posted by Sheila Fitzgibbon on Daily Dose Jul 2, 2014 9:32 AM EDT
When I’m home I have a twice a week routine that I carry out, religiously. It includes a couple provisions resupply shop stops, the post office and the copy center. The post office is always my first stop to pick up my mail. I could have home US mail delivery, it would create a great amount of ease for me but I like the social interaction that occurs at the... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 30, 2014 11:52 PM EDT
Quite a couple of weeks for the neuro-bionic bid to address paralysis. An exoskeleton system just got approved commercially in the U.S., a quad in Ohio used a brain bypass to activate his hand, and of course there was the first kick in the World Cup stunt, wherein a young Brazilian used his brain signals to bump a soccer ball with his foot (hard to call that a... more...
Posted by Sam Maddox on Spinal Cord Injury Research Jun 28, 2014 9:57 PM EDT
You decide who will be our Best Dad on Wheels for 2014 with you vote today. I assure you that it will be hard to vote for just one. We had the very difficult job of going through all the terrific nominations to select ten finalists. Now it is up to you to determine our winner. Here is a just a bit about each of our finalists: Kevin Arthur... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
PhotoAbility has announced the launch of their new magazine, Inclusive Imagery . The goal of the publication is to bring to life through images and educational stories how people with disabilities live their lives, while showcasing to advertisers, companies and publishers the type of images available through the PhotoAbility.net Stock Image... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Wendy Crawford is an advocate who utilizes her connection to the fashion industry to develop unique endeavors that raise awareness for women with physical challenges. more...
Posted by Community Admin on Daily Dose Jun 26, 2014 12:53 PM EDT

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This shows that we humans are far better at damaging our bodies than we are at repairing them. Thankfully there are te...
My husband had the exact same surgery by Dr.Lima in 2005. He never had any impovement following the surgery, and has h...
Hi, I couldn't another way to contact you about the results of the Expressions of Paralysis. Thank you so much for inc...
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