LMU RECEIVES $5,000 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION
July 12, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee, July 12, 2012—Lincoln Memorial University is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 69 grants totaling almost $425,000 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. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,055 grants totaling over $15.6 million since 1999.
LMU will use the grant to help underwrite the purchase and installation of an ADA compliant aquatic lift for the Mary S. Annan Natatorium. This piece of equipment will allow accessibility to the pool for youth and adults who have difficulty entering and exiting the pool by way of steps. Once the aquatic lift is available it opens up a world of possibilities for adaptive programming and participation in the Special Olympics and other programs. The lift is vital to LMU’s ability to provide programming including aquatic movement and exercise, swim instruction, introduction to water sports and competitive training. The University has already heard from area school systems, rehabilitation centers and care facilities who are interested in participating in such programs at LMU.
“The difference this lift will make in the programming available at the LMU Pool is tremendous. It’s not often that the University receives funding that truly benefits our external community as much as the University, but this is certainly one of those instances,” President B. James Dawson said. “LMU is honored to be selected by the Reeve Foundation for this Quality of Life grant and we thank them for helping LMU improve the quality of life in Claiborne County.”
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).
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.
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