The late Christopher Reeve, immortalized as ‘Superman’ on the big screen, and as a visionary and hero in his personal life, wisely stated, “At first something seems impossible; then it becomes improbable; but with enough conviction and support it becomes inevitable.”
Currently in the United States, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis — approximately 6 million people. That’s the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 33% higher than previous estimates showed.
Great strides have been made; people are living healthier, vibrant lives, and some are walking again thanks to the work of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Reeve Foundation is committed to finding treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries. To achieve this goal, the Foundation funds some of the most brilliant minds in neuroscience – researchers who are poised to deliver the answers that will change the lives of spinal cord injured people worldwide.
As many of you have seen from my blog, in October of 2013 I suffered from a horse back riding accident that left me with a concussion and a crushed vertebra. I spent three months in a back brace hardly able to twist and do daily tasks as my spine slowly began to heal itself. I lost my job as a large animal tech and it seemed like my life was falling apart just after I’d gotten it together from graduating school and starting a career. I’m normally a very physically active, outdoorsy person and suddenly there was so much I couldn’t do. One thing that became a major part of the healing process however, was planning something I had only ever dreamed of: backpacking across the United States on the Appalachian Trail. The AT is a 2,200 mile hiking trail stretching from Georgia to Maine and on average will take about 5-6 months to complete. Finally the back brace is gone and I’ve been able to recondition myself with various strength building exercises and routines. The doctors have cleared me for takeoff and come April, I will see you all on the trail!
Now a big part of the hiker community is the motto ‘pay it forward’. It means pay back the kindness and the ‘trail magic’ that was shown to you both on trail and at various points in your life. Lets see if we can pull together and raise $2,200 for Team Reeve. This money will enable continued research, education, and services for patients and their families. Together we can hopefully help inspire other people to step outside of their comfort zones and have an adventure, no matter heir limitations!!!
Joining the team or making a donation to the Reeve Foundation is simple. I have set up a webpage to make it easy to donate online (via credit card or PayPal). See the link below. You can even use this link to donate via your smartphone.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Brittany and Scout
PS: You can also make a check out to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (be sure to include my name and All Stars in the memo field)and mail to:
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Attn: Team Reeve