Meet the Captain of Team Reeve

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

April 16, 2015

When Christopher Reeve was first injured, the power of his voice and advocacy inspired a movement. He knew that nothing of any consequence happens unless people work as a team to push forward to the finish line.

In 2005, we built a grassroots program called Team Reeve® to leverage the power of people coming together to raise support and funds for cutting-edge research and quality of life efforts. But every team needs a voice to rally the troops – a leader who could unite, educate and empower others to join the Reeve Foundation mission.

Enter Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: Captain of Team Reeve.

While many know Amy as a six-time Olympic gold medalist, she came on our radar in June 2014 when she sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) from an ATV accident. What struck us about Amy was her honesty and openness. From day one, she provided a window into her world and documented her new normal. In a matter of months, she founded Amy’s Army, a nonprofit to provide critical resources and equipment to those living with disabilities.

As Captain of Team Reeve, Amy will work to rally recruits while identifying national and local opportunities for supporters to get involved with the Reeve Foundation. Additionally, she will continue to educate others on her recovery by addressing the lesser-known complications of SCI like pain, bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction.

Amy has an unstoppable spirit with a fierce determination to unite advocates nationwide on behalf of the millions living with paralysis. In her words, “To truly make a difference – to change the world – we need to unite and charge towards the finish line. If my story inspires even one person to join Team Reeve, we will be one person stronger to advance our collective mission of discovering cures for spinal cord injury.”

In 2014 alone, Team Reeve rallied 300 participants, raising close to $600,000 to directly fuel life-changing research and quality of life initiatives. We are determined to shatter last year’s number. Right now, we are vetting applicants for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon and Bank of America Chicago Marathon, as well as working with supporters across the country to host local and regional events.

Christopher Reeve taught us that “nothing is impossible” by inspiring a movement to move closer to the finish line – cures for SCI. One person can make a difference but we are much more powerful when we work as a team. And we are confident that Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is the perfect Captain to rally Team Reeve nationwide.

Visit TeamReeve.org to learn more about how to join ranks with Team Reeve. And please welcome Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to the Reeve Foundation by using the hashtag #TeamReeve across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you at the finish line. #TeamReeve

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