This is where the staff of the Reeve Foundation is sharing up-to-the-minute information and putting some context around the news affecting the spinal cord injury and paralysis community. Not to mention insight into what's going on here at the Foundation.
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THE INTOUCHABLES, based on a true story, is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility and the main character in the film happens to be living with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. Never were there two individuals who would seem to have less in common, but who, in fact, connect on a lot of levels. The film touches audiences worldwide and reminds us of the commonalities shared between all of us, no matter the circumstances.Read More
New in the PRC Library...
Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy
. By John W. Quinn. History Publishing, 2010.
This inspiring memoir is U.S. Naval Officer, John W. Quinn’s, account of living with and overcoming the perceived limitations of cerebral palsy. Quinn was motivated to tell his story after realizing that, although there are countless manuals describing the types and causes of CP, there were few, if any, relatable materials written by adults coping with this disability. As he recounts the many challenges he faced and overcame, Quinn provides his readers with valuable insight about how, with determination, any dream can be realized regardless of the notion of set boundaries that others may have. It is an excellent read not only for those living with a disability, but for anyone who has ever questioned if a goal was within reach.
A copy of this book can be checked out from the Paralysis Resource Center’s library. Please see the online catalog and borrowing instructions.
by Diane Bligh
Reeve Foundation volunteer
Donna Lowich shares her thoughts with us about living with paralysis from time to time. She happens to be one of our information specialist
, answering questions via email or our toll free number (1-800-539-7309).Read More
Here is my favorite line I've heard directed at a person living with paralysis, "I'd kill myself, if I were you." It's interesting to watch the person being addressed deal with that one. My favorite is, "Thank you, I guess."Read More
This story gives the phrase "coast to coast" a whole new meaning! Paul "Bubba" Modoono is currently biking across the entire United States for Team Reeve in honor of his friend, Richard Bentley, who has been living with a spinal cord injury for ten years.Read More
Here is a great event and a wonderful model if you are thinking about joining Team Reeve
and doing an event for us. Last year was the first one and over 200 people turned out and they raised over $11,000. Read More
If your nonprofit organization is interested in being the recipient of a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant, click here. The 2nd cycle 2012 applications are now open! You only have until September 4 to apply. Be sure to review all the materials, requirements, and guidelines.Read More
I got a call from Dr. Jon Mukand last week. He's written a book, The Man with the Bionic Brain: And Other Victories over Paralysis
, which sounds fascinating. It's about Matthew Nagle, who was completely paralyzed after being stabbed in the neck. Matt is famous because neurosurgeons implanted microelectrodes in his brain that recognized his thought patterns, allowing him to control a computer cursor.Read More