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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Each year Human Rights Watch
(HRW) holds Voices of Justice
annual dinners, which celebrate human rights defenders from around the world who put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others. Within the last few years, HRW has created a division dedicated to disability rights
, which documents the neglect, violence and discrimination experienced by people with disabilities around the world. Read More
Growing up, I was lucky to have parents that let me decorate my bedroom however I wanted... hot pink walls, Backstreet Boys posters, Miami Dolphins paraphernalia, images of ballerinas... It was stuff that I loved or admired. Read More
High school senior, 17-year-old Matt Sorisho was skating on the ice towards his future of playing in the next level of hockey one second; the next, his future forever changed when he crashed into the boards of the hockey rink on October 4th. The full story, here. Now living with paralysis from the waist down, Matt and his family have new goals ahead of them.Read More
This past weekend took me back to October 2010 all over again, almost an exact three years later to the day. Rutgers University football player, Eric LeGrand, was severely injured playing football on October 16, 2010 during a national televised game. This past Sunday, on October 20, the NFL's Green Bay Packers experienced something very similar when tight end Jermichael Finley was hit resulting in a neck injury and spinal cord contusion and was temporarily unable to move after the hit. Thankfully, he is recovering and has his mobility. These weren't the first ever injuries from football and unfortunately may not be the last, but still, all this reminds us of the dangers in playing the game and safety issues that arise. Read More
Here is a great blog post from someone who knows a little bit about attention. Rachelle Friedman is living with a C6 level spinal cord injury from accidentally being pushed into a pool during her bachelorette party in 2010. She has gained national attention since from the incident and now is advocating for the attention of parents to talk to their children about those living with disabilities and to not be afraid of someone who uses a wheelchair. Read More
This piece from the New York Times has been causing quite a stir in the disability community. The Paralympics are ruling swimmer, Victoria Arlen, is not disabled enough to participate in the games. Here's the full story:
Days before she was due to swim in the world championships in Montreal in August, she was ruled ineligible because, the committee declared, she had “failed to provide conclusive evidence of a permanent eligible impairment.” Read More
I had the privilege of working with him beginning in 1983, a year after his son Henry had been spinal cord injured in car accident. He was a tough task master and a remarkably good teacher. In the truest sense of the world "founder" Hank was ours - so much of what the spinal cord field is today grew out of his belief that if we funded the best science possible, there would be cures.
(Photo: Hank with his wife Charlotte)
He was a force of nature, an outsized personality, smart, gentle and yet tough as nails - such an interesting man who left an indelible mark on our world.
"Rest well Hank ,,, we will complete what you started."
Senior Vice President
Director of Research
We are excited to announce the addition of new partners in our “Shop” program, through which businesses donate a percentage of the sales price of their products to the Reeve Foundation, and community members can get a little “retail therapy!” Click here to shop with all of our vendors.Read More
Can't get enough of the fabulous women of the "Push Girls"? This Thursday, June 20th, the Push Girls and Matthew Reeve will be on Katie! Be sure to tune in or set your DVRs!Read More
I love seeing stories like this on a Friday to kick off the weekend on a great note. This story from ABC News features a loving relationship and untouchable bond out of High Point University in North Carolina. In the recent months where tragedy seems to flood the news, these are the bright stories that outshine all the negative.
Collin Smith, 22, and Ernest Greene, 72, may be an unlikely pair, but they are considered a “packaged deal” on the campus of North Carolina’s High Point University.Read More
Courageous, persistent, patient.
These are the words Stuart Lefkowits uses to describe his late son, Bob, who passed away two summers ago. And after hearing Bob’s story, it isn’t hard to see why.Read More
A lot of times we talk about the person living with disability, but the reality is, everyone is affected, caregivers and loved ones included. The following is a great blog from The Huffington Post about what NOT to say to a spouse of a person living with a disability. Many of the items seem like common sense, but it might surprise you. Read More
Last year, the paralysis community showed what reality television is really all about when The Sundance Channel premiered Push Girls; a show about four friends, who happen to be living with paralysis. The show captured the ups and downs, and realities of any group of friends, and their lives and challenges with paralysis. Monday, June 3rd at 10pm, season 2 premiers... we'll be watching, will you?Read More
For as big a football fan as I am, I read stories like this one, and sometimes I question the love I have for the game. That the part I enjoy most, the solid hits and game changers, are also sometimes the ones that dramatically change lives. You may have heard of the story of Tulane football player, Devon Walker, who fractured his spine while making a tackle on September 8, 2012. Here's an update on his progress and determination from Yahoo! Sports:Read More