During their junior year, the young women at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, work together to organize a fundraising walkathon. In September 2007, after the passing of her mother Carol, Nellie Foosaner (class of 2009) suggested this year's walkathon beneficiary be the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Carol suffered a C3/4 level spinal cord injury in August 2004 as the result of a riding accident. Nellie speaks of how fortunate her family was to be able to turn to the Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center, and connect with an Information Specialist who helped them with many questions and concerns following her mother's injury.
"Our class feels strongly that we want to help people with disabilities like Nellie's mother and Christopher Reeve," says junior class president Gabriella DiCarlo. It is a great cause and we are working hard to get out the entire school, and people beyond our gates."
Nellie and her classmates soon began to write letters, develop advertising, secure corporate sponsorship, and design walk t-shirts. So far, the Foxcroft Class of 2009 has surpassed every class before them, and to date has raised an astounding $25,000. They will walk together knowing the funds they worked so hard to raise will help families like the Foosaners. A true Team Reeve effort on all accounts.
The Foxcroft School is the first school of 2008 to join Team Reeve. If your school or community group is interested in participating in a similar event, or already has a pre-existing charity event, and you would like the Reeve Foundation to participate, please let us know by contacting TeamReeve@ChristopherReeve.org.