Wheelchair Athletes Speak at Frazier about 50 marathons in 50 weeks Challenge to Raise Funds for Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Louisville, KY—Three wheelchair athletes who are on a mission to complete 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 week will share their stories of inspiration at Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m.
Paul Erway of Louisville, Kentucky, along with Grant Berthiaume and Aaron Roux of Tucson, Arizona, started 2013 off competing in the Mississippi Blues Marathon in January and are racing one marathon a week until they reach their final race in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 19. Each of the three have competed in some of the county’s largest marathons despite suffering a spinal cord injury.
They are racing to raise awareness and funds for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which works to pursue research for regeneration and promising treatments for those with spinal cord injuries along with quality of life grants and therapy programs.
During their presentation at Frazier Rehab, Erway, Berthiaume and Roux will talk about grants for equipment to help patients who want to get into wheelchair racing, share their stories from years of competing and discuss their goal of completing 50 marathons in 50 weeks.
“For our patients and their families, hearing from individuals like Paul Grant and Aaron about their perseverance and athletic adventures is inspirational and motivating,” said Jill Farmer, manager, recreation therapy, Frazier Rehab Institute.
Frazier Rehab Institute is the lead center in the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network, a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop activity-based therapies for promoting functional recovery and improving the overall health and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury and other selected neurological disorders. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.
There are 1.3 million people living with spinal cord injuries, more than five times the number of Americans previously estimated in 2007. However, through great strides in research and treatment people with spinal cord injuries are living healthier, vibrant lives.
“We welcome runners or wheelers to show their support and join us in the various marathons throughout the country,” said Erway. “A complete schedule is available online at www.50abilitymarathons.com
. We hope our efforts and dedication throughout the year will inspire others to support the great work of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and individuals with spinal cord injury.”
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.