Deb Gordon’s guest was Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation a New Jersey non-profit dedicated to curing spinal cord injury, and was started after Mr. Reeve became spinal cord injured in 1995.

The Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis by providing information, advocacy and also by funding innovative research.

“Our mantra as a Foundation is today’s care and tomorrow’s cure,” said Wilderotter.

“We created a campaign that we call the Big Idea, which is really putting forth, what was discovered under Chris’s tenure… and it’s really changing the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries.”

Christopher and Dana Reeve both became staunch advocates for people living with paralysis and focused on providing care, not only for those afflicted, but also for their families, and towards that end created the Reeve Foundation Resource Center which offers free support to the family members of those with paralysis.

“Chris was obviously consumed about finding a cure, whereas Dana was concerned about the care side and the fact that when Chris was injured, there was no place for her to turn to get information…and so she created our Resource Center,” said Wilderotter.

Spotlighted the Reeve Foundation’s annual ‘A Magical Evening’ fundraiser which will be held on November 17 at Cipriani Wall Street.  The evening will celebrates those who embody their mission, and will honor several individuals including former hockey player Denna Laing, who was spinal cord injured last year, and will receive the Dana Reeve Spirit of Hope Award.

All proceeds from the event enables the Reeve Foundation to continue its essential work on behalf of those with spinal cord injuries.

“We have spent over 120 million dollars in research grants, and we have spent over 21 million dollars in quality of life grants to small and local organizations, as well as reached over 100 000 people with our life-saving, life-changing messages of what it’s like to live with paralysis,” Wilderotter said.

For more information, visit www.christopherreeve.org.

–Deb Gordon/WCBS-FM

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