Posted Wednesday, February 27, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™
Contact: Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing & Communications
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Receives $7,000 Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for CAN DO® Program
Edwards, Colo. • February 27, 2013 – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is proud to announce that it has received a $7,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $427,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,131 grants totaling over $16 million since 1999.
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis will use this grant to help fund our four-day CAN DO® Program in Denver, Colorado this May. This program focuses on improving the quality of life of people living with MS and their support partners by providing tools, resources and experiences for empowerment. Participants receive recommendations based on individual assessments and lifestyle goals. CAN DO is an innovative educational and wellness program that teaches participants how to maximize their health and improve their quality of life. To ensure individualized attention, the CAN DO Program is limited to 24 participants. Each participant is encouraged to bring a support partner, often a family member or friend, who may attend the program’s support partner sessions in addition to participating in the numerous workshops and lectures.
“As we enter our 29th year of providing programs and services for families living with MS, we are extremely pleased to receive support from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Their support, in the past and in the coming year, will allow Can Do MS achieve its strategic goals of reaching more people living with MS with our unique health and wellness services,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, President and CEO of Can Do MS.
“The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program has always been a cornerstone of one of our core beliefs, the power of we. By supporting these organizations that align with the same beliefs as ours, we are better able to help our community members live more independently,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are pleased to reward a number of tremendous organizations for their efforts.”
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).
About the 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award No. 1U59DD000838. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.
About Can Do MS
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Colorado, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.