Best of Reeve 2015: A Year of Progress and Promise

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on December 17, 2015 # Health, Technology, Team Reeve, Team LeGrand

Doesn't time fly? 2015 is winding down, but before we ring in the new year, let's take a moment to celebrate what we have accomplished together.

Check out some of our favorite stories from 2015. None of these incredible milestones would have been possible without the unwavering support of people like you. In honor of this watershed year, please give generously so we can continue to help people lead lives full of health, happiness, and dignity.

Christopher Reeve's son addresses the 25th anniversary of the ADA

In July, the Reeve Foundation marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was signed into law in 1990. While the nation celebrated the ADA as the cornerstone of disability rights, Will Reeve wrote an op-ed that was published in USA Today, calling for greater advocacy to combat the inequality that still exists today.

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Instead of simply praising what this law has accomplished, we must use this anniversary as a launch pad to safeguard the rights of individuals living with disabilities so that equality becomes part of our everyday existence. -- Will Reeve

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Looking #FiveYearsForward with Eric LeGrand

In 2010, Eric LeGrand sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, he continues to challenge all limits and prove nothing is impossible. As a way to honor these past five years, Eric launched #FiveYearsForward to drive further awareness about life with paralysis and advance groundbreaking research to get us to the end zone -- cures for spinal cord injury.

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There is so much potential right now in spinal cord research, and the only thing holding back innovation is the funds. Maybe in five years' time, I will be writing about my first steps, or how I am back on the football field. Either way, it is a journey I will continue to share, and I hope others will join. -- Eric LeGrand

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Mike Nichols gets back on the ice to support spinal cord research

When Mike Nichols sustained a spinal cord injury in 2013, he became an overnight advocate to inspire people to join the Reeve Foundation mission. WFAN radio personalities Boomer & Carton rallied around Mike and hosted a charity hockey game that featured former NHL stars. The event raised critical funds and got Mike Nichols back on the ice to unite his community around breakthroughs like The Big Idea.

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Despite setbacks and ongoing medical challenges, I never forget my dream, one I share with Christopher Reeve and millions of others living with paralysis: and that's to walk out of my wheelchair. -- Mike Nichols

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A big year for Team Reeve

This was a banner year for Team Reeve as we appointed six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, as Captain of Team Reeve to help mobilize supporters. When Amy sustained a spinal cord injury in 2014, she immediately used this life-changing moment to educate people about paralysis. With our Captain's help and inspiration, we recruited our biggest team ever for the TCS New York City Marathon with 65 athletes, including five hand cyclists and a corporate team from Samsung who tackled 26.2 miles and raised over $400,000.

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To truly make a difference -- to change the world -- we need to unite and charge towards the finish line. -- Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

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5-years of A Magical Evening

This year we toasted a major anniversary for our signature gala -- A Magical Evening. This event honors leaders, advocates, and community members who embody the spirit of our founders and remain steadfast in their support of the Reeve Foundation mission. In honor of the 25th anniversary, we celebrated Shawn Friedkin, President George H.W. Bush, and Judy Smith for being unstoppable in their quest to break down barriers.

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It has been quite a journey over the past 25-years. And your generosity and advocacy has started a movement -- an opportunity to transform lives in the here-and-now. -- Meredith Vieria, host of AME

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As you can see, this has been a stellar year with many moments to celebrate, but we are not done yet. We will be posting more "Best of Reeve" on our Facebook and Twitter throughout the holidays as we sprint into 2016 -- look for #BestofReeve2015.

Thank you again for all you do to support the millions of Americans living with paralysis.

We wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!