Check Out The Press Release

Over a Million More Paralyzed Than Previously Estimated;
Five Times More People Live With Spinal Cord Injury

Newswise — On Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. a first-ever, independent survey of over 33,000 households will be released. Join us to learn specific details of the survey, which was initiated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Center for Development and Disability. More than 30 experts from fourteen leading universities and medical centers and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the parameters for the research.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WHERE: The National Press Club; 14th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC

• Peter Kiernan, Chairman of the Board, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
• Dr. Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• U.S. Congressman James Langevin, (D-RI), the only spinal cord injured member of Congress
• Alexandra Reeve Givens and Matthew Reeve. Children of Christopher Reeve
• Kris Gulden; former Alexandria VA Deputy Sheriff, spinal cord injured in 1984 when hit by a car.
• Alan T. Brown; business executive from Hollywood, FL, paralyzed from chest down when hit by a wave in 1988.
• Raul Pedraza, Spanish-speaking business executive and veteran from Miami, FL, paralyzed in 2002 from a tragic fall.

Available for interview on site: study principal investigator Anthony Cahill, Ph.D., University of New Mexico; study project director for Reeve Foundation Joseph Canose, VP Quality of Life; Mike Murphy, from McLean VA, a marathoner and recent college grad who became paralyzed in 2007.

Contact us for more information, advance interviews, embargoed copy of survey, broadcast-quality b-roll and/or high resolution photos: Jennifer Dickson, Suzanne Turner 202-466-9633.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and 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. For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at or call 800-225-0292.


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