See Us - Reeve Foundation

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There are 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. Despite strength in numbers, our voices have become diminished by the barriers we face every day and our achievements are overshadowed by the misperceptions on what it means to live with a disability.

We are more than our injury or disability — we are a powerful community full of individuals ready to be seen for who we really are. That’s why we launched See Us, a movement to share ourselves, our experiences, and our stories with the world.

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JESSIE
CHIN

COMEDIAN

My name is Jessie Chin and I’m a son, brother, friend, athlete, and comedian living in NYC. I love making people laugh and inspiring confidence in others, especially within the paralysis community. My injury occurred at a young age due to gun violence. But my life hasn’t stopped because of it. In reality, I see what I’ve been through as a blessing because I’ve matured and learned so much just from being in this position. Some look at my wheelchair as a disadvantage, but I see it as a form of resilience and strength. I believe everyone faces adversity to some degree. It's entirely about how we deal with our circumstances which defines us.

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LAURA
BECK

ACTIVIST AND ADVENTURER

My name is Laura Beck, I am 29 years old, married to the best person alive, and have two German shepherds. On November 28, 2016, I sustained a C6 spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident. I want the world to see that I am still active outside, still in love, still adventurous, and still spontaneous. The greatest advice I could give another person living with paralysis is that you are completely unique. Do not let paralysis or other people define you— you choose who you are. Society limits us because they don’t understand, and it’s up to us to break those stereotypes, show the world we are still living, and we deserve to be SEEN.

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IAN
MALESIEWSKI

NEUROSCIENCE STUDENT

My name is Ian Malesiewski and I’m from Pennsylvania. On June 3, 2016, I sustained a traumatic neck and spinal cord injury while wrestling in the Cadet World Team Trials at the University of Akron where I was trying to earn a spot on the US national team. Since my injury, I’ve been using my platform and story to show people how my injury doesn’t define my life or derail my future. I want to be seen as a dedicated and disciplined human being, just as I was prior to my injury. I’m studying neuroscience in the hopes of helping individuals like me recover from paralysis. I still do all of the things I love like watching a football game or hanging out with my family and friends. Do not let your injury or disability limit you. Do as many things as possible because life is short and every minute is worth living.

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    ABOUT US

    The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. Our mission can be summed up into four words, “Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.

    We are driven by the belief that every person with paralysis has a right to a life with dignity. Our work is emblazoned by the legacy of our founders Christopher and Dana Reeve, whose heroism, compassion and wisdom live on today. Christopher and Dana were hands-on, activist leaders, who rallied a swelling chorus of voices advocating for people living with paralysis. They recognized that the true heroes are the individuals and family members impacted by paralysis.

    We envision a world where every individual living with paralysis is seen as the powerful and remarkable beings they are. Through our unique stories and shared strength, we strive to empower our community and eradicate stigma.

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