WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ — Today, Dana Reeve, wife of actor Christopher Reeve, a director of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) and Chair of the Quality of Life Committee, visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to present a Quality of Life Grant check to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. The Defense Spinal Cord and Column Injury Center (DSCCIC), which is funded by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, was awarded a $21,900 Quality of Life Grant to create a newsletter and implement a website to supply information about the DSCCIC to people living with spinal cord and column injuries, medical practitioners and policy makers.
Reeve was joined by Dr. Geoffrey Ling, Director, DSCCIC, and by Walter Reed Army Medical Center staff and personnel, as well as Dr. Paul Pasquina, Pain Management and Rehabilitation, United States Army, Dr. Ross R. Moquin, Department of Neurosurgery, United States Navy, Dr. Jim Ecklund, Chief of Neurosurgery, United States Army, and Dr. Audrey Kalehua, Research Assistant, United States Army.
“I’m honored to be traveling to Washington to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and meet some of the brave men and women who have served overseas. I’m excited and gratified to see first hand the outstanding work done by one of our recipients,” said Dana Reeve.
“Our Quality of Life grants are designed to substantially improve the lives of people who otherwise could not enjoy the full range of activities that most people take for granted. The information that DSCCIC will provide is vitally important to the thousands of people living with spinal cord injuries.”
Originally conceived by Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life Grants are awarded twice yearly and intended to help in activity categories such as: sports, arts, education, outdoor recreation, advocacy, employment and assistive technology. In the second half of 2003, CRPF awarded $713,897 to 103 nonprofit organizations nationwide.
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The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other Central Nervous System disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center, and advocacy efforts. For more information about CRPF, please contact CRPF at 800-225-0292 or visit our website at [url=http://www.christopherreeve.org]http://www.christopherreeve.org[/url]
Contact: Ciaran Clayton of Witeck-Combs Communications, 202-887-0500 ext. 26; Julie Kwon of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 800-225-0292