A seed of hope

December 29, 2014

It all started with a seed of hope... planted decades ago by a group of visionary pioneers. Fueled by groundbreaking research, steadfast advocacy, generous contributions and lots of hard work, the hope grew.

Nurtured by the unwavering dedication of countless scientists, volunteers, community members and so many more, the hope flourished.

Now we’ve come to the moment we've been waiting for... real hope is here.

Everyone and everything that's contributed to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation comes together in The Big Idea. Without a doubt, epidural stimulation has the potential to change the course of recovery and the quality of life for millions living with a spinal cord injury.

The long-awaited, transformative breakthrough is here.

As you can imagine, it's difficult to contain our excitement over the incredible impact of epidural stimulation research on the paralysis community. But just like any groundbreaking innovation, our progress must move forward with a clearly defined path.

In 2014, that path came into focus with new research featuring Rob, Kent, Andrew and Dustin, the four men who saw huge improvements in their ability to control autonomic functions and move their toes, feet and legs on command as a result of epidural stimulation. Through The Big Idea, we will advance this breakthrough by expanding epidural stimulation research to include 36 more individuals in the coming years.

The opportunity to make a tangible difference is finally here. Christopher Reeve once said, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” It never ceases to amaze us what this incredible community can do.

Whether you join the Reeve Foundation by making a donation, or taking a giant leap and flying through the sky like Brandon Stone, the important thing is that we keep moving forward together.

We invite you to learn more -- and join us -- as we continue to transform hope into life-changing opportunities for the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis.

Every movement has its moment. This is ours.

John (Jack) Hughes
Chairman, Board of Directors
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Peter T. Wilderotter
President and CEO
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation