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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This weekend, Reeve Foundation VP of Development Aimee Hunnewell joined me in Louisville, Kentucky to support our Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon team
. It's always a looong day on Saturday as the race starts early at 7am and our celebration dinner wraps up around 9pm, but it's full of such great spirit. Multiple times through the day Aimee expressed to me how wonderful it was to meet so many of the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network
center clients, their families, directors and physical therapists. These are the people we work to raise funds for everyday. Their stories of injury and subsequent triumphs over paralysis are what keep us going. I've loved meeting everyone each year I've been to Louisville and was so glad Aimee got this opportunity too. Read More
New in the PRC Library…
Disability in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Edited by Stella McKay-Moffat. Foreword by Rosaleen Mansfield. Churchill Livingstone, 2007. Read More
This weekend I ran across an essay by Cole Sydnor, a young man from Virginia who is a quadriplegic. Cole entered a contest sponsored by WyzAnt Tutoring in hopes of winning a $10,000 scholarship. Cole’s essay grabbed my attention because he writes eloquently about how he became spinal cord injured. Read More
Reeve Foundation ambassador, Scott Chesney, will be speaking at Kessler Rehab on Saddle Brook, NJ, on Thursday, May 9th at 6 PM. Read More
Whether you live in notoriously rainy Seattle or in Miami with the 10-minute sun shower each day, you'll want to check out this list from Magee Rehab: "Tips for Wheeling in Wet Weather."Read More
This weekend, all of our NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) and Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Facilities will be participating in an annual summit; 110 individuals, 20 of which are living with a spinal cord injury, will also be participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon on Saturday for Team Reeve. Each racer with a spinal cord injury is participating in a portion of the miniMarathon depending on their personal goals and ability. To learn more about this weekend's events, click here.
One of these NRN and CFW facilities is Frazier Rehab. Here's a great story about 24-year-old, Joshua Sparks, living with paralysis from the waist down who will be pushing himself to limit across the finish line this weekend for Team Reeve.Read More
Picture this... school's out for the summer (woo hoo!) A few months go by and go back to school you go in September. All your friends are talking about how their summer's were... family vacations, days on the beach, long carefree nights, doing some summer reading, maybe a part-time job... and then it's your turn. You get to tell everyone about your super awesome summer internship at the Reeve Foundation! That was me a few years ago, and now it can be you!
Portlight Strategies, Quality of Life Grant recipient and friend of the Reeve Foundation, in partnership with Brain Dance and Weather Underground is pleased to announce "The Getting It Right Conference" at The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, June 3-5. It will address Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilities. Read More
My name is Jennifer and I am part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Information Specialist Team. In my role as an Information Specialist, I have learned a great deal about the paralysis community…here is my perspective.
Being an Information Specialist for the Reeve Foundation is much more than just a job. It is a huge commitment and dedication to something greater and done in honor of two amazing people: Christopher and Dana Reeve.Read More
Here is a great story for your Monday to kick off your week on a happy note. There is something magical about four paws and a wagging tongue. This story about therapy dogs and a young girl living with a spinal cord injury explains just how magical it is. Read More
Scott Chesney, a two-time world traveler and navigator of life with paralysis for 24 years, has been described as a "profile in courage," "a master of living life to its fullest," and "a commander in change," while addressing more than 1 million people in 38 countries.
After waking up to a spinal stroke at age 15, Chesney has become an internationally recognized workshop and keynote presenter. His positive, inspiring messages have changed countless lives and his insights have been applauded by Fortune 500 corporations, hospitals/rehab centers, associations and an audience at the United Nations.
Clients, families, staff and friends are all welcome to attend this free event in Maryland. Refreshments will be served.
Sign up now!Read More
“Want to play with me?”
Often these are words children ask each other. Some of our greatest childhood memories might come from the endless hours we spent at the playground with not a care in the world. The concept of playing is relatively simple, actually. Laughing and smiling, spending time and making memories with friends. But for families of children living with disabilities, finding a playground that they can enjoy can be difficult. That’s where the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has used its Quality of Life grants program to create equal opportunities of playtime for all children. Since the program’s inception in 2002, 50 accessible playground grants totaling nearly $323,000 have been awarded.Read More