​The Reeve Foundation Celebrates 40 Years of Progress in Research

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on January 24, 2022 # Events

A Cooper Ashop

This year marks 40 years since the American Paralysis Association, the organization that would become the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, came into existence to fund research devoted to advancing the treatment of spinal cord injuries. In celebration of this milestone and the remarkable strides that have been made over the past four decades, renowned visual artist Peter Tunney is partnering with the Reeve Foundation.

On Wednesday, March 9, the Reeve Foundation will host a cocktail reception at Miami’s Wynwood Walls. The reception will include a special showcase and exhibit tour with Tunney, who is currently working to create artwork inspired by the Foundation and designed specifically to be auctioned off at the reception. One hundred percent of the proceeds will support the Foundation’s mission to cure spinal cord injury and paralysis through funding for innovative scientific research.

In 1982, spinal cord research was at its infancy and nicknamed the “graveyard of neurobiology.” But what started as a community response to an individual injury quickly grew into a national movement that led to the Foundation as it stands today. With more than $140 million invested to date, the Foundation is supporting work that is on the precipice of dramatically changing what it means to be living with paralysis. Tunney’s artwork will commemorate this evolution. Wynwood Walls is an 80,000 square foot outdoor museum featuring large-scale art by prominent artists working in the genre of street art and graffiti. Tunney, known for his murals that incorporate paint, collage, wood, photography, found objects, and discarded materials, is among the featured artists at Wynwood Walls and also maintains a studio there.

Tunney “believes in humankind and the good that results from performing countless small acts of kindness.” Over the years, he has donated countless works of art to deserving organizations. The artist’s involvement with the Reeve Foundation dates to 2017, when he began donating artwork to the Foundation for its events and annual gala, A Magical Evening.

Please join us for our 40 Years of Progress reception as we mark the anniversary of the Foundation, the momentous progress that has been made in understanding spinal cord injury and paralysis and real cures finally on the horizon.

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