Episode to feature Orange County Choppers' first-ever wheelchair-accessible motorcycle

Short Hills, NJ, December 2009 -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that Paul Teutul Sr. and the crew from Orange County Choppers (OCC) have built a custom wheelchair-accessible motorcycle specifically to raise funds for the Reeve Foundation. A first of its kind, this trike bike allows someone living with paraplegia the opportunity to ride a motorcycle without having to transfer from their wheelchair.

The American Chopper episode featuring the Reeve Foundation/Life Rolls On bike is scheduled to air on TLC on Thursday, January 7 at 9PM ET/PT.

"Earlier this year, we approached the OCC team with the idea of creating a fully accessible, custom chopper, like only Paul's team at OCC could design and produce. Not only did they jump at the opportunity, but they embraced it and took it to a level we could have only imagined," said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation.

Paul Teutul, Sr, founder of Orange County Choppers based in Newburgh, New York, remarked, "This bike represents freedom and independence to someone living with paralysis. It provides a paralyzed individual the opportunity to partake in an activity they love doing, regardless of the chair. This chopper was by far the biggest challenge of any bike we've ever created, however, it was our honor and pleasure to participate."

Orange County Choppers, a leading manufacturer of custom motorcycles, built the custom chopper. It was unveiled at the Reeve Foundation's annual signature gala, "A Magical Evening" in New York last month. The bike is designed so someone can operate it without assistance. It includes a five speed, hand-controlled transmission with reverse, a hydraulic ramp that rises and declines so the wheelchair can roll into place and out with an easy lock system and can travel up to 110 MPH.

To spread awareness and raise funds for the Reeve Foundation's critical mission of Care and Cure, American Chopper fans and Reeve Foundation supporters are being asked to host viewing parties on January 7th. "We are inviting people to gather their friends, make a small donation to join the party, check your local viewing times and tune in January 7th," added Wilderotter.

As further incentive, the party that raises the most money for the Reeve Foundation will win a special "behind-the-scenes" VIP tour of the OCC facility for four people.