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Frazier Rehab to Host “Walk to Victory Over Paralysis”
24-hour event will benefit Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network
Louisville, Ky. (October 21, 2016) -- Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health and a member of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network (NRN), will participate in a national 24-hour fundraising and awareness event, “Walk to Victory over Paralysis,” from 12-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Frazier Rehab will host the local event at 220 Abraham Flexner Way, 11th floor, where participants have set a goal to raise $40,000. Individuals living with paralysis will participate in the walkathon through the use of a body weight support treadmill – a part of locomotor training in which participants are supported by a harness and suspended over a treadmill, while therapists move their legs to simulate walking. Supporters, staff and other friends of the NRN will join in alongside the participants on treadmills to rack up mileage during the event.
Other Walk to Victory Over Paralysis events will be held simultaneously at eight facilities nationwide.
Almost 1 in 50 people live with a form of paralysis. The NRN and Frazier Rehab are focused on recovery research and therapy that is helping people lead healthier and more functional lives, and improving their overall quality of life.
The community is encouraged to participate and make a donation to support the work of the Reeve Foundation’s NRN. The NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) is a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop therapies to promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments.
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 to participate in Frazier’s Community Fitness & Wellness and to support research through the NeuroRecovery Network.
Other NRN sites participating in a Walk to Victory over Paralysis include:
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (Minneapolis, MN)
Craig Hospital (Englewood, CO)
Journey Forward (Canton, MA)
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (West Orange, NJ)
NextStep (Lawndale, CA)
The Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH)
TIRR Memorial Hermann (Houston, TX)
To donate to Frazier Rehab’s team, please visit the Walk to Victory over Paralysis website at give.reeve.org/walktovictory2016.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization 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. For more information, visit http://www.christopherreeve.org @ReeveFoundation