SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America

April 11, 2016 13:56 ET

Paralyzed Veterans of America Announces New Partnership With the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - April 11, 2016) - Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is proud to announce its new partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (Reeve Foundation). The organizations will work together to provide both veterans and non-veterans living with paralysis with the best and most current resources available that help educate and raise awareness of specialized care and needs.

"Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation are driven by a common cause: to make the world a better place for persons with spinal cord injury," said Sherman Gillums, Jr., acting executive director of Paralyzed Veterans. "This new partnership will allow us to build on our respective successes in spinal cord injury research, education, and awareness by unifying our efforts and expanding our impact to those we could not reach as separate entities. Christopher Reeve shared the same sense of fierce pride and self-determination as those paralyzed World War II veterans who started our organization, and we will carry forward their vision."

Through its partnership, the groups will strengthen outreach efforts to individuals living with paralysis or spinal cord injury by sharing information and pooling resources. These efforts will include a shared presence on both of the organizations' websites and social media platforms, as well as with individual supporters and members. Paralyzed Veterans will also work with the Reeve Foundation during its annual PVA Awareness Month in April to promote the challenges individuals with spinal cord injury face, while highlighting the programs and resources available to them.

"The Reeve Foundation's Military and Veteran's Program is designed to enhance the quality of life for all military service members living with paralysis, regardless of when they served, or how they sustained their injury," said Maggie Goldberg, Vice President, Policy and Programs, Reeve Foundation. "We are thrilled to be able to partner with Paralyzed Veterans to ultimately improve the health and independence of our shared community."

About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)

About Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB's Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

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