Millions of Americans Living With Paralysis Provided Hope with the
Introduction of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act of 2003
To: Assignment Desk, Daybooks
Contact: Maggie Goldberg of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis
Foundation, 800-225-0892
Colleen Dermody of Witeck-Combs Communications,
202-887-0500 ext. 18

News Advisory:

-- Millions of Americans Living With Paralysis Provided Hope
With the Introduction of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act of
2003

-- First-ever Paralysis Legislation Will Fund Research,
Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Programs at The National
Institutes Of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

WHO:
Christopher Reeve, Chairman, The Christopher Reeve Paralysis
Foundation (CRPF)
U.S. Congressman Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) (invited)
U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (invited)
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) (invited)
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) (invited)
The Honorable Tommy Thompson - Secretary, Health and Human
Services (invited)
The Honorable Anthony J. Principi - Secretary, Veterans Affairs
(invited)
Joined by other Members of Congress

WHAT:
News Conference to announce the introduction of the Christopher
Reeve Paralysis Act of 2003. If enacted, this bi-partisan
legislation would authorize additional funding for paralysis
research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the
National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
The legislation would also expand rehabilitation research
activities through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation
Research (NCMRR).

In addition, the legislation would develop new research programs
on paralysis within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and
would authorize the CDC to identify projects to improve the quality
of life and the long-term health of persons living with paralysis
and other physical disabilities.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
2:30 p.m.

WHERE:
TBA

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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 http://www.christopherreeve.org.

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