Eve’s Fund Receives Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for ThinkFirst Program

Cecelia Fred accepting the check from the Reeve Foundation for ThinkFirst Navajo Team.

Cecelia Fred accepting the check from the Reeve Foundation for ThinkFirst Navajo Team.

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO – Eve’s Fund 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 102 grants totaling more than $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide 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 2,307 grants totaling more than $17 million since 1999.

Eve’s Fund will use the grant to expand its ThinkFirst Navajo injury prevention program, which reduces brain and spinal cord injuries and fatalities among Navajo youth and teens by providing culturally sensitive, free education to schools on the Navajo Nation. Eve’s Fund will also provide additional peer mentoring, support, and training to the program’s VIP (Voices for Injury Prevention) speakers, all adult Navajos with paraplegia.

Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives is a non-profitorganization that promotes hope and wellness among Native Americans. Dr. Robert M. Crowell founded Eve’s Fund in 2005 in memory of his daughter, Eve Erin Crowell. Since that time, the organization has developed strong community partnerships and created prevention and education programs impacting more than 25,000 Native children and young adults. For more information, go to http://www.evecrowellsfund.org

“We are so grateful that the Reeve Foundation recognizes the value of the work we are doing, not only in teaching young Native Americans how to use their minds to protect their bodies, but in improving the quality of life of our VIPs,” said Barbara Crowell Roy, president of Eve’s Fund. “These courageous individuals travel long distances across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah to share their personal injury stories and the multiple challenges they face every day living with paralysis.”

In 2014, ThinkFirst Navajo will teach 2,800-3,200 students in grades K-12 about serious injuries related to vehicle crashes, sports injuries, alcohol, violence, and other factors. To learn more about the program and schedule a presentation, contact Bernice Lefthand, program coordinator, at 928-380-6268 or blefthand@gmail.com.

“In the pursuit to achieve greater independence for individuals living with paralysis, the Reeve Foundation is honored to provide Quality of Life grants to organizations that support the paralysis community nationwide,” said Niketa Sheth, Senior Vice President of Quality of Life, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Each organization selected for a grant provides stellar curriculum or service that empowers, educates and reinvigorates people living with paralysis. We are proud to raise awareness and fund these pioneering programs that aim to improve the freedom and well-being of our community.”

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, please visit their website at www.ChristopherReeve.org



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