Christopher Reeve Foundation Commemorates First Anniversary of Christopher Reeve's Passing


Foundation to 'Go Forward'; Vows to Honor Legacy and Fulfill Vision of Former Chairman SHORT HILLS, N.J., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In commemoration of the firstanniversary of the passing of its former Chairman of the Board, ChristopherReeve, the Christopher Reeve Foundation today reaffirmed its commitment tofinding cures and treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury andother central nervous system disorders. "The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) continues its important work ofchanging the world of paralysis," said Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of CRF."Since Christopher's injury in 1995, much of the nascent research has maturedand is bearing fruit, thanks to his challenge to us all to 'Go Forward.' Theability to improve the lives of millions living with paralysis is within ourgrasp and the Foundation remains committed to seeing Christopher's visionbecome reality." In the year since Christopher's passing: -- CRF launched two exciting initiatives to help deliver effective treatments to individuals living with spinal cord injury: the North American Clinical Trials Network and the NeuroRecovery Network -- CRF awarded new research grants to an international cadre of approximately 50 neuroscientists who are focused on developing therapies for spinal cord repair. The awards were made through the Foundation's Individual Grants Program, its International Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury and its Translational Research Fund -- Using a variety of creative funding mechanisms in its Consortium and Individual Grants programs, CRF has pushed the envelope on Reeve's drive to encourage and facilitate inter-laboratory collaboration -- The Paralysis Resource Center, CRF's one-stop resource for information on living with paralysis, has seen over two times the traffic on its website -- CRF has funded almost $1.8 million in Quality of Life grants to 225 nonprofit organizations worldwide -- CRF and its advocates helped secure passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the House of Representatives and the introduction of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act in the Senate and the House of Representatives -- CRF launched the Christopher Reeve Foundation Superman(TM) Tags -- dog tags with the S-shield and the "Go Forward" tagline -- which quickly became a trend-setting celebrity fashion accessory and helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for spinal cord injury research http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...04164322&EDATE=