The facility will operate as an NRN Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) center, which offers effective exercise-based therapies to individuals living with mobility impairment, including spinal cord injury and other forms of paralysis.

Boston, MA and Short Hills, NJ (October 25, 2014) - The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that Journey Forward has joined the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN).

The news was unveiled at the 5th annual Journey Forward: WALK. The facility will operate as an NRN Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) center, which offers effective exercise-based therapies to individuals living with mobility impairment, including spinal cord injury and other forms of paralysis.

The Reeve Foundation NRN is a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to develop and deliver therapies that promote functional recovery to improve the health and quality of life for people living with paralysis. With CFW sites across the country, these facilities provide programs focused on cardiovascular/aerobic fitness, muscular strengthening and flexibility exercises.

With Journey Forward serving the greater-Boston area, there are currently 14 NRN sites nationwide. One of the landmark therapies that will be available to Journey Forward clients is locomotor training, which seeks to awaken dormant nerve pathways and retrain the spinal cord to 'remember' the pattern of walking by suspending a participant in a harness over a treadmill, while specially trained therapists move the person's legs.

"The Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments," said Susan Howley, executive vice president for research, at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "We are proud to include Journey Forward as part of the NRN to serve more individuals living with disabilities and enable them to lead healthier lives and enhance their overall quality of life."

The NRN is funded by the Reeve Foundation through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and was first conceived by the late Christopher Reeve to support the health and wellness of people living with paralysis. Ten years after his passing, the Reeve Foundation is working to expand to new locations as rapidly as possible while raising awareness about the importance of exercise after paralysis.

For more information on the Reeve Foundation NRN, please visit ChristopherReeve.org/NRN

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.