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    The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis Receives Quality of Life Grant from Christopher Reeve Foundation

    Posted Monday, March 5, 2007


    Grant to have direct impact on people living with paralysis in Colorado

    Edwards, Colo. - March 5, 2007 - The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) announced today that THE HEUGA CENTER FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS has been awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life grant.  The CRF awarded a total of $717,404 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofit organizations around the world.  Since 1999, when the Quality of Life program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve as a way for the CRF to help improve the day-to-day health and well-being of those living with paralysis, 1,163 grants totaling $9,220,980 have been awarded.

     “The Christopher Reeve Foundation is proud to carry on Christopher and Dana Reeve’s amazing legacy and make a real difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families and communities,” said Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the CRF.  “Our Quality of Life grantees help thousands of individuals Go Forward to lead happier—and healthier—lives.”

     The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis will use this grant to fund the CAN DO programs in Vail, Colorado on May 16-20 and October 3-7.  The Center focuses on overall management of the whole person with multiple sclerosis (MS) and is a leader in the field of MS management, emphasizing health, physical fitness, nutrition, psychological well-being, and social interaction. A unique aspect of the Center’s CAN DO Program is the inclusion of family and friends in the overall health management and wellness process.  The CAN DO program teaches people with multiple sclerosis and their support partners how to take charge of their lives within the context of their chronic disease. 

     “As we enter our 23rd year of providing programs and services for families living with MS, we are extremely pleased to receive support from CRF.  Their support, in the past and in the coming year, will allow the Center to reach its strategic goals of reaching more people living with MS with our unique health and wellness services,” said Brian Hutchinson, President and CEO of The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. 

     Health Promotion grants, a special category of Quality of Life grants, are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement number U10/CCU220379).  Funding is awarded to nonprofit organizations that address the needs of the people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and other diseases and birth conditions that result in paralysis.  Health Promotion grants strive to remove societal and environmental barriers that limit the abilities of individuals living with paralysis to participate in life activities.  Participation in these activities improves physical and emotional health and prevents secondary conditions for persons living with paralysis.

     CRF Quality of Life grants are awarded twice annually to programs or projects that improve the well-being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries.  Awarded in 13 categories that span everything from health promotion to employment to sports and recreation, Quality of Life grants address many aspects of life, and are given to programs across the globe.  For more information about the Quality of Life Program or the grant application process, please contact the Quality of Life department at 1-800-225-0292 or visit our website at for a complete list of the Quality of Life grant recipients.

     The Christopher 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.

     The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis leads the way with comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life.

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