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YMCA of Coastal Georgia receives $10,000 grant from Reeve Foundation

POSTED: September 19, 2011 5:40 p.m.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 77 grants totaling more than $508,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Since the program was developed in 1999 by the late Dana Reeve, over 1,900 grants have been awarded, totaling nearly $14.8 million.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will use the grant to support its Spinal Cord Injury/Stroke Personal Training Program. The Spinal Cord Injury/Stroke Personal Training project is an intense and rigorous physical training program designed to assist in the rehabilitation of people living with a spinal cord injury or who have been affected by a stroke. The program provides physical training and a venue for like individuals to share and learn from each other. The program also promotes hope that increased functionality and independence may be possible.

“The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is thrilled to have been chosen as a grant recipient by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” said Randy Bugos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “Our Y strives to be a community leader in innovative programs that help a vast array of individuals and families. We are honored to be recognized for this work.”

“We are honored to carry on Dana Reeve’s legacy through the Quality of Life Grants Program,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We believe those affected by paralysis deserve the best resources, support and community. We are proud to award these organizations who provide opportunities to those individuals living with paralysis, their families and friends, and caregivers, to enhance their well-being.”

The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants are divided into three categories, Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Some Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions.

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.  For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

For more information about the Y or the Spinal Cord Injury/Stroke Personal Training program, visit the Web site at www.ymcaofcoastalga.org or call (912) 354-6223.

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