New chapter
Dallas-based Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation, nationally known for its efforts to cure paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries, has formed the Joe Testaverde Northeast Chapter in Long Island, N.Y.

The chapter is named for the 18-year-old cousin of New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The younger Testaverde was paralyzed in a swimming pool accident last year and will serve as honorary chairman of the new chapter.

Funds raised by the chapter will be earmarked for research, and grants will be awarded to groups such as The Spinal Cord Injury Project at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Joe Testaverde's parents, Kathy and Anthony Testaverde, will serve as co-chairs, and his cousin, Ron Quartararo, will serve as regional director. Former New York Yankee Hall of Famer Yogi Berra and former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms are among those on the advisory board.

The first fund-raising event will be in the spring at the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J.

The Waldrep Foundation also has a chapter in Kansas City, Kan.

"My hope is that one day, we will no longer need to add chapters to this organization because a cure will be found," said Kent Waldrep, president of the foundation.

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