Chase walked a small part of the race but his team proudly took turns pushing him in a jogging stroller over the full 13.1-mile course. The Reeve Foundation, through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with University of Lousiville's own Susan Harkema, Ph.D., pioneered and funded the establishment of the NeuroRecovery Network, the program that delivers Locomotor Training to spinal cord patients, and that enabled Chase to go from zero mobility from the neck down to being able to walk over 100 feet without assistance.
This incredible little boy showed off the results of his many months of hard work to the crowd. With his NRN team and family stretching across the width of the finish line, Chase walked the last 100 feet of the miniMarathon on his own!
The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon is just one of the many events in which Team Reeve participates. Team Reeve not only raises critical funds to fulfill the Reeve Foundation's mission but provides the inspiration of being part of a team. There is nothing more motivational and nothing more inspiring than knowing all your efforts are going to benefit the millions of families, like Chase's, affected by paralysis.