20 spinal cord injury racers participate in KDF miniMarathon

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- The Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, is hosting the Eighth Annual National Summit of all centers in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network April 24 - 29.

In conjunction with their attendance at the National Summit, over 110 Team Reeve® members, 20 of whom have a spinal cord injury, are participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality April 27. Each racer with a spinal cord injury is participating in a portion of the miniMarathon depending on their personal goals and ability.

The Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a system of eight rehabilitation centers and five community fitness and wellness facilities. The National Summit is held annually for directors, physicians, occupational and physical therapists, and technicians from 13 centers across the United States and Canada to advance outcomes, promote better health and improve quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.

Participants attend workgroups and demonstrations on locomotor training techniques, overground training, teaching cues, respiratory tests, pediatric outcomes, pain assessments, and nutrition. Together, they standardize rehabilitation techniques adopted and used across all centers nationwide.

2-2-2 National Summit and miniMarathon
"We really push the envelope in rehabilitation techniques, develop and adopt new thinking based on scientific and clinical evidence, and ultimately improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries," said Susan J. Harkema, PhD, Director of the NeuroRecovery Network. Harkema is a professor in the University of Louisville's School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery. She also serves as rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and the director of research at the Frazier Rehab Institute.

A complete list of all participating centers and community fitness and wellness facilities can be found at: ChristopherReeve.org/NRN.

About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute
, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a comprehensive rehabilitation system with more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, providing therapy in acute care settings for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs. Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition. Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases.

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau's standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB's Charity Seal. For more information please visit our website at ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.