Kessler to participate in "Walk to Victory Over Paralysis" for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network
West Orange, NJ – Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and Kessler Foundation, members of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network (NRN), will participate in the 24-hour, "Walk to Victory Over Paralysis,” from 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, through 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014. This unique event is being held at Kessler’s West Orange campus, located at 1199 Pleasant Valley Way.
This fundraising and awareness event will be held simultaneously at eight rehabilitation centers across the country, as well as at fitness and wellness facilities. The NRN goal is to raise more than $330,000 nationwide.
Today, approximately 6 million people are living with paralysis. Funds raised will bring greater access to new, activity-based therapies for more patients with spinal cord injury. Each center will use the funds for their greatest need, from scholarships for people unable to afford therapy to more or better equipment in the facilities.
“Activity-based therapy and exercise is essential for someone who has experienced a spinal cord injury,” said Susan J. Harkema, PhD, NeuroRecovery Network Director for the Reeve Foundation. “We have so much more information today about recovery that is helping people lead healthier and more functional lives, and improving their overall quality of life.”
The community is encouraged to participate. Originated by the late Christopher Reeve, the NRN increases access to activity-based therapies for people living with spinal cord injuries to help improve mobility, regain function, and increase independence – each of which represent “victories over paralysis.”