Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center Receives FY22 Appropriation Bill Funding

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SHORT HILLS, NJ, March 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is pleased to announce that Congress has passed Appropriation Bill FY’22 increasing funding for the National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) of at least $500,000which would allocate at least $9.2 million for the coming year. Due to continued community advocacy, Congress included many of the Reeve Foundation’s top priorities, such as funding for the NPRC, spinal cord injury (SCI) model systems, and National Institutes of Health research ( NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD). funding.

Funding from the National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC)

Each year, funding the National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) is the Reeve Foundation’s top priority to continue providing vital resources and tools to our community; whether you are newly paralyzed or a caregiver looking to help a loved one, the Foundation is here to provide you with the information you need to navigate life after a spinal cord injury or paralysis.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems

Working in coordination with the United Spinal Association, the Reeve Foundation helped advocate for increased funding for spinal cord injury (SCI) model systems sponsored by the National Research Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation (NIDILRR), provided essential services to people from the time of injury through their return to full participation in the community.

NIH and research funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) invest in critical research on spinal cord injury and paralysis. Each year, the Reeve Foundation advocates for funding for these agencies. The Congress included a $2 billion increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, bringing the total to $43,649,687,000.

“Our dedicated advocates have helped us educate Congress about the importance of the services offered by the Foundation,” says Kim Beer, Director, Public Policy, Reeve Foundation. “We couldn’t have done this without the help of regional champions from the Reeve Foundation, who held meetings with congressional staff and sent 4,462 emails to House and Senate offices urging them to support the National Paralysis Resource Center. We’ll build on that momentum as we focus on FY23 appropriations and work to secure more legislative victories this year.”

If you would like to join our efforts, sign up at receive advocacy updates and join us for our next regional champions advocacy webinar to March 22 at 2 p.m. EST.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to healing spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we work tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery in spinal cord research by investing in laboratories around the world. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services helping more than 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to raising the voices of our community and must achieve greater representativeness and independence. We meet the Better Business Bureau’s 20 standards for charitable accountability and hold the BBB charity seal. For more information, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

SOURCE Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

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