Awarded over $508,000 in Quality of Life grants to 77 nonprofit organizations

Short Hills, N.J. - (July 21, 2011) The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced it is has awarded over $508,000 in Quality of Life grants to 77 nonprofit organizations. The Quality of Life Grants Program awards nonprofits organizations twice yearly that improve the lives of individuals living with paralysis. Since its inception, the Quality of Life Grants Program has awarded over 1,910 organizations totaling nearly $14.8 million.

In the Actively Achieving category, The University of Montana at Missoula was awarded an $16,800 grant to provide seven handcycles to the University of Montana Outdoor Equipment Rental Program. The handcycles will be made available for rental to locals and tourists to enjoy some of the beautiful and accessible biking trails that Missoula and Western Montana have to offer.

Also in this category, the Greater New Orleans Miracle League of New Orleans, Louisiana received a grant to support the Miracle Field, a custom-designed sports field to be used for baseball and soccer that accommodates wheelchairs and other walking-assistance devices so children living with disabilities can hit, run, catch, and kick. The vision of the program is to provide any child, regardless of their level of disability, the opportunity to play league sports and enjoy the emotional and physical benefits of being part of a team sport.

Awarded in the Bridging Barriers category, Into The Field in Columbus, Ohio received a grant to support the SCI Haiti Project which provides safe and accessible housing, vocational training, and recreational participation for individuals with spinal cord injuries living in Haiti.

In the Caring and Coping category, The Children's Center of Bethany, Oklahoma was awarded a grant to support ATV Ride Safe Oklahoma, an initiative aimed to decrease the incidence of injuries and fatalities from All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) use, to increase the awareness of ATV safety guidelines and to provide ATV safety courses for youth riders.

"We are honored to carry on Dana Reeve's legacy through the Quality of Life Grants Program," said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "We believe those affected by paralysis deserve the best resources, support and community. We are proud to award these organizations who provide opportunity to those individuals living with paralysis, their families and friends, and caregivers, to enhance their well-being."

The Reeve Foundation's Quality of Life grants are divided into three categories; Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000338). These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions.