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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A family lost its heart and soul this week, the spinal cord community one of its beacons, and the world one of its greatest humanitarians. Godspeed Jon O'Connor -- you have earned your reward and we are grateful and better for having known you. A son. A brother. An uncle. A businessman. A philanthropist. A leader. And so much more. One of the most valued members of the Reeve Foundation Board. He was a tireless advocate -- he rests comfortably with Chris & Dana and we are better to have known him.Read More
This morning, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Reeve Foundation lost a dear friend who was a true inspiration to all of us. Jon O'Connor, 42, was a member of the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors and the Director of NextSteps Fitness in Chicago, a Reeve Foundation NRN Community Fitness and Wellness Center(CFW). Read More
So I'm an intern. One minute I was in a college classroom, and now I'm sitting in a cubicle wearing "grown up" clothes. When I first started working with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, I really didn't know what to expect. But in the time I've spent here, I've learned valuable new skills and gained a greater perspective, specifically about spinal cord injuries through some amazing stories. Read More
Bravo Jenni Gold. Her new feature length documentary Cinemability
premiered a few days ago at the Paramount movie studios in Los Angeles. It’s a fascinating look at over a century’s worth of image making vis a vis the portrayal of people with disabilities in movies and on TV. It’s a complicated, sprawling story that Jenni keeps on track by way of archival clips and interviews with people who write, cast, direct, produce or act in the picture business. Don’t get the idea this is a giant message movie or a pedantic pitch for disability rights. Cinemability is about entertainment; it’s got a point to make about inclusion and getting the characters and story right, but it doesn’t hammer you with advocacy. It is indeed entertaining.Read More
This July people are celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal statute protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Read More
To get even the slightest sense of Dave Dempsey, just meet his adult children: Chris and Alison and her husband, Mike. Determined, warm, giving, thoughtful—all the best of that down-to-earth, sports-team loving, heartily laughing, hardworking Ohioan/Midwestern ethic. The news that Dave passed away this week hit so hard for all who know and love the Dempseys—and there are many— and yet, of course, there they were, his family, even in their time of crushing grief, attending to details with so much grace to ensure that services pay meaningful tribute to Dave’s triumphant spirit and vibrant life. Read More
Dear friend of the Reeve Foundation, Luke Moretti, is living with a spinal cord injury from diving into a lake last April. Thanks to therapy he has received, Luke is ready to live his life to the fullest and give back to others like him.Read More
Life Rolls On recently hosted its annual Shoe City Open for skaters with disabilities. A fun day at Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Here’s a slideshow from the LA Weekly.
In May of 2012, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Eric LeGrand, football player living with a spinal cord injury from a tackle in 2010. In May of 2013, the USHL's Chicago Steel signed Jack Jablonski, hockey player living with a spinal cord injury from being checked in the boards in 2011. And now we commend Tulane University for ensuring one of their players injured last season, Devon Walker, remains a vital part of the team. Read More
Last night the 2013 ESPYS were held recognizing the most elite and inspirational athletes. The Reeve Foundation would like to congratulate athletes living with disabilities who won awards.Read More
is a pretty cool documentary you might want to check out. With an intro by Dan Aykroyd and a song by Clint Black, the filmmaker covers a lot of ground and gives an amazing look into competitive hand cycling.Read More
Here is a blog that's worth following
. It's brand new. Written by a young lady in her first year of college, which would be interesting enough for most people, but Arielle (aka Elle) is writing from the perspective of a young person who happens to be in a chair. Read More
Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers University football player who is living with a spinal cord injury from a tackle during a game in October of 2010, recently visited out nation's capital and wrote a blog about his experience.
On July 8th and 9th I headed down to Washington, DC to meet and engage with some of the highest elected officials of our country. There were some issues with my van breaking down when we were about to leave, but I was determined to make this visit happen. My goal was to talk about my partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation having recently created Team LeGrand. Its platform is to help individuals living with spinal cord injury and their families by supporting quality of life initiatives and scientific research. I also wanted to discuss my personal dreams; how I believe Christopher Reeve started something and I’m supposed to finish it in spearheading efforts to find cures for spinal cord injury and one day walk again.Read More
New in the PRC Library…
Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child’s Financial Future
. By Attorneys Stephen Elias & Kevin Urbatsch. Nolo, 2011. Read More