A week from Friday would have been Christopher Reeve’s 57th birthday. I bring it up nine days ahead of time because it happened again this morning. When I walk into the home office here in Short Hills, NJ and flip on the lights, this photo of Chris and Dana on the front desk often catches my eye. I’ll say, “Good morning, guys!” as I pass by — because even though I’ve never met them, I feel like I know them. And odder still, it feels like I could run into either one of them around the next corner. Continue Reading »
Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life
Life Rolls On Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury, today named professional surfer, Rob Machado and actors Simon Baker and Jeffrey Donovan as honorary event chairmen for the 6th Annual Night by the Ocean Gala to be held on October 4, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, Calf.
As the organization’s single-largest fundraising event, the Night by the Ocean Gala is aimed at honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to the spinal cord injury community. Continue Reading »
Funding can be a need when it comes to living with a spinal cord injury and keeping up with the devices and therapies that can improve quality of life. Items ranging from specialized wheelchairs and equipment to home modifications to cutting edge therapy in some cases may not be covered by insurance or available benefits.
Fundraising is a great option for those expenses beyond the realm of insurance. Fundraising isn’t just about raising funds but also about bringing communities together for a good cause. Continue Reading »
There’s always meaning in a song, and a story behind the band that performs it. Check out the story behind 61 North. They aren’t your average band — their guitarist, Ryan “Gooch” Nelson is a C7 quadriplegic. If you love their story, check them out in October when the band will host their 2nd annual 61 North Benefit Concert for Spinal Cord Injury. Continue Reading »
Watch this video to see how Daniel Pelletier skateboards despite being paralyzed from the waist down. Continue Reading »
Wheelchair dance competition in Europe. Continue Reading »
I smile every day here when I learn about how Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants tangibly change lives. A picture tells a thousand words, and we were so pleased that a recent $6,963 Quality of Life grant to the Sterling-Rock Family YMCA in Sterling, IL enabled the facility to install 3 low-energy automatic door openers. “These doors provide access to those with disabilities to provide life-changing health experiences,” wrote Michael Mohr in a letter of support for the project. Michael is a wheelchair user pictured here with 2-year old Emma Allison, who also helped make the project happen, and Executive Director Doug Vandersee, who is holding the actual Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant check. Continue Reading »
Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk. Continue Reading »
Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk. Someone living with paralysis could use a service dog, typically Labrador and Golden Retrievers, to pick up any dropped item, fetch packages in grocery stores, turn lights on and off, make emergency telephone calls, help with balance, and even make transactions with money at a bank or store. Continue Reading »
Getting Camy Stark to Bible class used to be difficult for her parents, Josh and Lori. The 5-year-old from Moore, Okla., has caudal regression syndrome, a disease with symptoms similar to spina bifida, and it made traversing the church parking lot a challenge.
“We walked along with her until she got completely tired, until she wanted you to carry her,” Josh Stark says.
Now Camy zips up and down her driveway to grab the mail and has no problem getting around parking lots, thanks to her new power wheelchair. It came courtesy of David Heim, better known as the Wheelchair Recycler. Continue Reading »