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BOEC lands “Quality of Life’ grant

BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant as part of more than $713,000 it distributed to 103 organizations nationwide recently.

Conceived by Dana Reeve, CRPF director and chair of the Quality of Life Committee, the grants are awarded twice each year to organizations involved in sports, arts, education, outdoor recreation, advocacy, employment and assistive technology.

One component of the Quality of Life grant is the category for health promotion, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health promotion grants work to remove societal and environmental barriers that limit the abilities of paralyzed individuals to participate in everyday activities.

“The grants are designed to substantially improve the lives of people who otherwise couldn’t enjoy the full range of activities most people take for granted,” Reeve said.

“Health promotion is also critical as it allows people living with disabilities to live independent of obstacles, thus preventing secondary conditions and improving both physical and emotional health and well-being.”

The BOEC plans to use its grant to award scholarships to individuals with spinal cord injuries and to further its research about the effects of its programs on the emotional, physical and social well-being of the students who participate.

“Our programs are what define us as one of the best adaptive recreation centers in the world,” said Rich Cook, executive director of the BOEC. “With this grant, we’ll be able to provide more opportunities for those with paralysis to attend our programs and have life-changing experiences.”

Since 1999, CRPF has funded more than $4.2 million in Quality of Life grants to organizations that work to increase opportunities, improve accessibility and enhance the everyday quality of life for those living with disabilities, especially paralysis.

The CRPF is dedicated to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other Central Nervous System disorders.

For information call (973) 467-8270, ext. 201

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