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NARHA Receives Quality of Life Grant From Christopher Reeve Foundation

Grant to have direct impact on people living with paralysis nationwide

DENVER, CO - The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) announced today that the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA) has been awarded a $5,000 Quality of Life grant. The CRF awarded a total of $717,404 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofit organizations around the world. Since 1999, when the Quality of Life program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve as a way for the CRF to help improve the day-to-day health and well being of those living with paralysis, 1,163 grants totaling $9,220,980 have been awarded.

“The Christopher Reeve Foundation is proud to carry on Christopher and Dana Reeve’s amazing legacy and make a real difference in the lives of people living with paralysis, their families and communities,” said Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the CRF. “Our Quality of Life grantees help thousands of individuals go forward to lead happier – and healthier – lives.”

CRF Quality of Life Grants are awarded twice annually to programs or projects that improve the well-being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Awarded in 13 categories that span everything from health promotion to employment to sports and recreation, Quality of Life grants address many aspects of life, and are given to programs across the globe. For more information about the Quality of Life Program or the grant application process, please contact the Quality of Life department at 1-800-225-0292 or visit our website at http://www.ChristopherReeve.org for a complete list of the Quality of Life grant recipients.

The CRF Quality of Life grant is specifically earmarked for NARHA to develop The Parental and Professional Information Resource Guide. “This guide will help parents understand the outstanding benefits that therapeutic riding offers and find the correct program for their child,” says Sheila Kemper Dietrich, NARHA Executive Director. “It will also assist professionals in recommending the right programs to their clients.”

As a global leader and resource on education/training and research about equine assisted activities, NARHA recently went into partnership with Beth Macauley and the University of Tulsa, to publish Resources for Research and Education in Equine Assisted Activities & Therapy. This international bibliographic compilation of research articles, theses, books and videos on equine assisted activities, compiled by Beth Macauley, Ph.D., CC-SLIP, HPCS, covers all areas of EAA, including equine facilitated psychotherapy, therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. It is available exclusively via NARHA’s Online Store at http://www.narha.org.

The Christopher 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.

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, located in Denver, Colorado, was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. At over 700 member centers, more than 38,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. More than 29,000 volunteers, 2600 instructors, 5,800 therapy horses, and thousands of contributors from all over the world are helping people at NARHA centers. For more information about NARHA visit http://www.narha.org or call 800-369-RIDE.


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