Team Reeve® Hits the Big Apple

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 20, 2015 # Team Reeve

Meet a few of our Team Reeve® NYC members who are taking on the Big Apple for the TCS New York City Marathon! They have been training hard and raising money to help support our cause. We got the chance to speak with them to learn more about who they are, and why they are running for Team Reeve. Here are their stories.

Why did you decide to run for Team Reeve?

Kim Doyle
I am a neuropsychologist and work with spinal cord injury and brain injury patients. In March of this year, I had the privilege of working with a gentleman who sustained a C-3/ C-4 / C-5 spinal cord injury in 2005 and was initially a full quadriplegic. I found his story to be an inspiration and was moved to get involved in some way to honor him. Then I came across a call for runners for Team Reeve for the Chicago and NYC marathons. I am a runner, and both races are on my "bucket list." I was unsure about running, as it takes dedication and time with training for the marathon and fundraising. However, I kept thinking about those living with a spinal cord injury. I decided right then that I would not let the fundraising goal stop me. I contacted Team Reeve the next day, and here I am, in the middle of training in the heat of Dallas
Jennifer Hansen
To be honest, I didn't know much about the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the work they do before this past year. That all changed when my friend's husband sustained a serious spinal cord injury while on vacation last year. I saw and heard first-hand how a spinal cord injury affects your life and the lives of your loved ones and friends. My friend and her family had to change so much about their daily lives to help support and care for her husband. She started telling me about the Reeve Foundation and all the work they do to help educate, assist, and search for a cure for people with spinal cord injuries. My friend asked me to join Team Reeve to help bring awareness and raise money for the foundation. I wasn't going to at first since I am already running a marathon in October. (I like to space my marathons about 6 months apart. ) I started to think about people who sustained a spinal cord paralysis and realized running two marathons in less than a month is a day in a park compared to their daily life. I decided that I wanted to run with Team Reeve and bring awareness to this amazing foundation
Cynthia Mead
As a fundraising coordinator at HelpHOPELive, I speak with many people whose lives changed in an instant as the result of a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. I assist their family and friends in fundraising for expenses not covered by insurance such as specialized therapy, caregivers, home modifications, durable medical equipment and more to improve quality of life. I feel a strong connection to the work of the Reeve Foundation because I know many people who are living with paralysis. I decided to run for Team Reeve to raise funds to support the work of the Reeve Foundation. I especially want to support an organization that provides information, grants for research, and advocacy. The advocacy piece is important because something needs to change; quality of life issues and access to specialized treatment shouldn't depend on finances. If the injured person were your family member, you would want them to have the best chance at a full recovery, and that won't happen without research or advocacy
Tara Prieur
Two simple words...my brother. He was in a motorcycle accident when he was 16 (he's 46 now). He is a quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. He's my hero, my rock...the person who keeps my perspective in check. Running the NYC marathon is a bucket list item for me. When I saw the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation was a partner charity, it was a no brainer...instant fit! Coupling my efforts in training for the marathon, with raising funds for a charity that will someday find a cure for paralysis...it's a perfect storm

Rachael Stitzel
After running in the Miami Half Marathon this past January, I knew I wanted to take on the challenge of a full marathon. I was interested in the NYC Marathon. After seeing the many charity's that participate in the race, I thought "Wow, this could be so much more than just a long run, I can really make an impact by doing this." That's when I started browsing the list of charities. When I saw the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, I knew it was meant to be. My father, Michael Stitzel, has been a quadriplegic for 17 years and has followed the Reeve Foundation since the beginning of his paralysis.