“We are thankful for the individuals who walked in support of the six million Americans who are living with paralysis,” said Susan J. Harkema, PhD, NeuroRecovery Network Director for the Reeve Foundation, Director of Research at Frazier Rehab Institute, Professor and Associate Scientific Director at the University of Louisville Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and Owsley B. Frazier Chair in Clinical Rehabilitation Research. “Walk to Victory Over Paralysis is about raising awareness of the importance of exercise after paralysis, and we hope that we were able to spread the word and gain even more support.”
Originated by the late Christopher Reeve, the NRN develops and expands access to activity-based therapies for people living with spinal cord injuries in order to improve their mobility, regain function and increase their independence in living. All of these capabilities represent victories over paralysis.
Funds raised will bring greater access to new, activity-based therapies for more patients with spinal cord injury. Frazier Rehab will use the funds generated to provide scholarships for people unable to afford therapy.
The NRN goal for Frazier Rehab Institute and the Community Fitness and Wellness facility was a total of $60,000. Short on their goal, there is still time to contribute to help Frazier Rehab and the Community Fitness and Wellness Facility reach their goal. Donors may visit the Walk to Victory Over Paralysis website at: www.ChristopherReeve.org/Victory2014.
Left to right: Team Volunteers Nick Giordano, Miranda Garvin, University of Louisville Cardinal mascot, Dr. Susan Harkema, Camryn Gunter, and volunteer Kristy Rizzo.
About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a comprehensive rehabilitation system with more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, providing therapy in acute care settings for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs. Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition. Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases.
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB's Charity Seal. For more information please visit our website at ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.