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ŸCRF(The Christopher Reeve Foundation) and

APA(American Paralysis Association)Ÿ


the possibilities

are endless."

The Christopher Reeve Foundation:

Our Vision

The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) stands at an historic

crossroads of spinal cord research, determination and hope.

Together, we know that it will be possible to repair the damaged

spinal cord.

Founded in 1996, our mission is to raise funds for medical research

leading to the development of effective treatments and - ultimately

- a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis. CRF serves as a source

of information and a voice for all people with disabilities.

Through grants, CRF also supports programs that improve the quality

of life for people with disabilities.Spinal Cord Injuries Touch

Millions of Americans

Over 250,000 Americans are spinal cord injured, with 11,000 new

injuries reported each year. More than half of these individuals

were injured between the ages of 16 and 30, with the majority (90%)

of people surviving and living near normal lifespans.

The incalculable personal loss and suffering for those who are

injured envelopes the lives of families, friends, colleagues and

peers. This is too high a price to pay, and the Christopher Reeve

Foundation believes that by working together, we can find solutions

that none of us alone can achieve.

In Search of a Cure: The Essential Role of Scientific Research

Medicine has made good progress improving the quality of care and

life for those who are spinal cord injured. However, this progress

comes at a high price, in some cases reaching $1.35 million per

person and as much as $4 million per institutionalized patient.

And those numbers can't begin to quantify the human loss and

suffering associated with spinal cord injury.

Neuroscience, however, offers the real promise of effective

therapies for spinal cord injury. But, researchers and

policy-makers agree that this will happen only with appropriate

levels of funding for basic science.

A number of recent breakthroughs in efforts to repair the damaged

spinal cord shed dramatic light on this promise. In 1996 Swedish

scientists promoted functional recovery in rats whose spinal cords

had been severed by treating them with a combination of a peripheral

nerve bridge, glue and nerve growth factor.

Here in the United States, researchers promoted recovered function

in rats with bruised spinal cords by using genetically engineered

cells that churn out a nerve growth factor. Other equally exciting

studies are being pursued in laboratories around the world. All

these efforts benefit, directly or indirectly, from the work of the


Strategic Partnership with the American Paralysis Association

Founded in 1982, the American Paralysis Association (APA) has

established an international leadership role in funding spinal cord

research. APA is a respected national nonprofit organization that

makes worldwide investments to encourage and foster cutting edge

research to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury

and other central nervous system disorders. Its strategic grants

have totaled more than $15 million worldwide in research activities

to speed progress toward a cure

The CRF wisely partners with the APA to direct its funds into these

proven research channels, including a collaborative network of over

300 investigators around the world. Together, these two nonprofit

organizations provide support for many of the seminal studies that

will culminate in continued medical breakthroughs.

Both organizations understand that a long-term commitment to funding

basic science is the key to a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Leadership, focus and cooperation must match the medical research.

Enhancing the Quality of Life

For thousands of Americans and their families, living with

disability is a costly challenge and we cannot wait for tomorrow to

meet the needs of individuals today.

The CRF also generously supports the work of nonprofits that are

addressing the quality of life for all people living with

disabilities. Organizations like the National Organization on

Disability and the National Family Caregivers Association have

benefited from CRF grants because of their important leadership

enhancing the lives of the disabled and their families.The

Dedication of Christopher Reeve

By giving voice and power to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and

remaining active in the search for a cure for spinal cord injury,

Christopher Reeve draws us to the crossroads of science,

determination and hope. His sheer will and faith are matched by

countless others, scientists and laymen alike, who know that we are

on the threshold of unparalleled accomplishments in medical

research. The CRF exemplifies his indomitable spirit, and is

dedicated to the belief that together, the possibilities are


The Leadership and Board of DirectorsHow You Can Help

Christopher Reeve


Dana Reeve

Vice President

Joel Faden


Michael P. Frankfurt

Legal Counsel

Rober Solomon

Legal Counsel

Mitchell Stoller

Managing Director

Michael Manganiello

Executive DirectorJames M. Benson

Paul D'Addario

Bruce Droste

Harold M. Evans

Robert Halmi, Jr.

Peter Kiernan

Francine Lefrak

Ellen Levine

Barbara Walters

Marsha Williams

Robin WilliamsYour personal commitment and generous contributions

are deeply appreciated. All financial contributions, pledges and

bequests are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. To

learn more about our valuable work and the research we support,

please feel free to contact us at P.O. Box 277, FDR Station, New

York, NY 10150-0277. Call us toll-free at 888-711-HOPE, or visit

our website at

Photos courtesy of Herb Ritts, Karen Hale Gambone and David Goodman.

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