SHORT HILLS, N.J., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) announced today that it has awarded $717,404 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofit organizations around the world. The Quality of Life program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve as a way for the CRF to help improve the day-to-day health and well-being of those living with paralysis. Since the program's inception in 1999, 1,163 grants totaling $9,220,980 have been awarded.
"The Christopher Reeve Foundation is proud to carry on Christopher and Dana Reeve's amazing legacy and make a real difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families and communities," said Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the CRF. "Our Quality of Life grantees help thousands of individuals Go Forward to lead happier -- and healthier -- lives."
The organizations funded in this cycle provide numerous examples of how CRF grants improve lives. For instance, the Tetra Society of North America pairs skilled engineers and technicians with individuals living with paralysis, building ingenious custom-made solutions to everyday problems.
"Often, commercial products or services simply do not exist to address many of the everyday problems faced by those living with paralysis," said Joseph Canose, vice president of Quality of Life. "Many of the non-profit organizations we fund provide people with vital, life-changing benefits they could not receive elsewhere, and it is enormously gratifying for us to support their important work."
A grant to the Rutgers University Foundation will support mobileWOMEN.org, an informational website for women in wheelchairs that informs readers on everything from reproductive health and wellness issues to beauty and fashion advice.
A grant to Disabled Sports USA will help support "Mentoring for Success," which matches soldiers who became disabled fighting in the war in Iraq, the "Wounded Warriors," with youth with disabilities. The program will build on a previous CRF grant that trained these veterans in many adaptive sports programs and now enables them to give back to the community as they transition from military to civilian life.
Awarded in 13 categories that help people with paralysis become more fully integrated members of society, including health promotion, employment, sports and recreation, and advocacy, Quality of Life grants are given to programs across the globe.
CRF Quality of Life Grants are awarded twice annually to programs or projects that improve the well-being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Grants that focus on improving the health of individuals are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement number U10/CCU220379).
The Christopher 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. For more information about the Quality of Life Program or for a complete list of the Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at http://www.christopherreeve.org/.
About The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Foundation, formed through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement number U10/CCU220379), provides information services to people and their families nationwide who are living with paralysis. For more information on the PRC, please visit http://www.paralysis.org/.