Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Edwards, Colo. • August 12, 2009 – The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 86 grants totaling almost $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that help people living with paralysis and their families become more integrated members of society. Since inception of the program in 1999, nearly 1,600 grants have been awarded, totaling almost $13 million.
The Heuga Center will use this grant to fund CAN DO programs in Colorado and Washington. The CAN DO program focuses on improving the quality of life of people living with MS by answering questions and giving 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 25 participants with MS. 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 26th 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 The Heuga Center to reach its strategic goals of reaching more people living with MS with our unique health and wellness services,” said Kim Sharkey, CEO of The Heuga Center.
“The Quality of Life program recognizes and supports organizations that assist individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers in ways that more immediately provide them with increased independence, well being, and improved access,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Throughout the past ten years, we’ve had the privilege of being able to impact the lives of thousands of people living with paralysis through these deserving organizations. As Dana Reeve used to say, ‘our Quality of Life program is about freedom’ and we are pleased to do our small part to assist The Heuga Center in fulfilling its mission.”
The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants are awarded twice a year and are divided into three categories, Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, and Caring and Coping. Some grants are also funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
About The Heuga Center for MS
Based in Edwards, Colo., The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis is a nonprofit organization leading the way with comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to transform and improve their quality of life.
The Heuga Center’s nationally-renowned health and wellness programs are: five-day CAN DO®, two-day CAN DO 2® and one-day JUMPSTART®.