Team Reeve® NYC

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 29, 2015 # Team Reeve

With five handcyclists and a corporate team from Samsung, Team Reeve® rallies support for Christopher Reeve's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that 60 runners and five handcyclists have joined forces with the nonprofit under its Team Reeve banner to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 1.

Team Reeve runners and handcyclists from across the country will race 26.2 miles in support of the six million Americans living with paralysis. Included on this year's marathon roster is a corporate team of 25 employees from Samsung who were motivated to join Team Reeve after learning about the Reeve Foundation and its mission to fund cutting-edge research to cure spinal cord injury (SCI).

From veterans to first-time marathon participants, all five Team Reeve handcyclists -- participating with the support of Achilles International -- are living with paralysis and have overcome considerable odds in their journey to the finish line. Their stories include:

  • Alan T. Brown -- Reeve Foundation staff member who sustained a SCI in 1988 after being hit by a wave. Brown participated in the NYC Marathon 25 years ago and is the only quadriplegic racing for Team Reeve this year. He has set a goal of raising $10,000 for each of the 26.2 miles to help fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research. His brother Daniel Brown, a lawyer, was instrumental in advocating for the NYC Marathon course to be more accessible.
  • Dr. Christine Markow -- sustained a SCI in 1996 after a sledding accident and graduated with a PhD in clinical health psychology. This is her first marathon.
  • Zachary Masters -- had a sudden onset of paralysis in 2008 with the cause still not diagnosed. Masters will participate in his fifth marathon with Team Reeve.
  • Dennis McGorty -- former world-class collegiate decathlete and avid cyclist injured in a 2013 cycling accident after being struck by a landscaping truck. Despite a devastating SCI, McGorty is back on the road for the first time cycling for Team Reeve. He will also be participating with a medical student who helped him and his family following his accident.
  • Dustin Shillcox -- paralyzed due to a car accident in 2010, was one of four men to take part in a groundbreaking epidural stimulation study funded by the Reeve Foundation. As a result of epidural stimulation, Dustin has recovered the ability to voluntarily move his legs and stand and regained critical autonomic functions. Dustin signed up for his first marathon to pay forward his gratitude by raising funds and awareness for spinal cord research.

"From enlisting support from Samsung Electronics America employees to recruiting 65 marathon participants, the power of the paralysis community to inspire action and rally forces cannot be overstated," said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. "Team Reeve reminds us that we must band together and work as a team to cross the ultimate finish line: developing cures for spinal cord injury. Even 10 years after his passing, we are fortunate to see a surge of participants who believe Christopher Reeve's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs is not only possible, but inevitable."

As the grassroots fundraising arm of the Reeve Foundation, Team Reeve recruits participants to run marathons, host local events or engage in various opportunities in support of the Reeve Foundation mission. Recently, the Reeve Foundation announced that Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, was appointed as Captain of Team Reeve to rally recruits and identify new opportunities for prospective participants to get involved with the Reeve Foundation.