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Philadelphia, Pa. — Each year the Christopher&Dana Reeve Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals living with paralysis.  This year the Foundation is proud to announce Magee Rehabilitation Hospital as one of the 145 recipients, receiving $12,000 in aid.

Magee will use the grant to help those living with paralysis become active members in everyday life. Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.  Magee’s wheelchair sports teams have earned a tremendous reputation and travel throughout the United States, participating in a variety of tournaments and public demonstrations of their skills.

Teams consist of wheelchair users who have experienced a variety of injuries and illnesses, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, among others, and include the following sports: Magee “Eagles” Wheelchair Rugby, Magee Sixers Spokesmen Wheelchair Basketball (Division II and III teams), Magee Freedoms Wheelchair Tennis and the Magee “Kixx” Power Wheelchair Soccer.

“The funding of our wheelchair athletes is wholly dependent on generous contributions like this one, and we are very grateful for the support offered by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” said AJ Nanayakkara, Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator. “As a wheelchair athlete myself, Magee’s wheelchair sports program provides me the outlet and the motivation I need to take care of myself physically and remain engaged in society.”

“Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life grants have helped non-profits throughout the world improve the lives of people living with paralysis,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “The program also provides assistance for family members and caregivers, offering services such as counseling, support groups and educational conferences.”

The Quality of Life grants are awarded in 3 categories; Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Each category is designed to promote active and fulfilling lives for those living with spinal cord injuries and other paralysis causing conditions.  Individuals are encouraged to participate in sports, train for a job, operate specially-adapted computer technology, modify homes for wheelchair accessibility, access public transportation, participate in the arts, proactively maintain their health, and much more. 

Since inception of the Quality of Life grants program in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,500 grants, totaling nearly $12 million.  Some grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Recipients of these include non-profits that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral scleroses (ALS).

“Ten years have passed since Dana Reeve created the Quality of Life program,” said Peter Wilderotter, “It is our hope that, in the years to come, we can continue to support programs that enable children and adults living with and affected by paralysis and their families the full range of activities that many of us take for granted.”

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana 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, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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