Christopher And Dana Reeve Foundation Gala Raises $1.5 Million

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Hosts "A Magical Evening" Gala - Arrivals

Last night, the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation held their annual gala, “A Magical Evening”, which raised $1.5 Million for spinal cord injuries and those living with paralysis to research a cure though research. The evening was hosted by actor Jerry O’Connell for the second year and held in The Conrad New York. The event also featured a performance by Joan Osbourne and music by DJ Whoo Kid.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Hosts "A Magical Evening" Gala - Arrivals

Guests included Matthew Reeve, Will Reeve, Glenn Close, Francesco Clark, Denna Laing, Eric LaGrand, Amanda Stephen, Bethany Watson.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Hosts "A Magical Evening" Gala - Arrivals

The Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award was presented to the Bridgman Family, whose lives were turned upside down when Chris Bridgman was paralyzed in a biking accident in 2010. Knowing nothing about spinal cord injury, the family turned to the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center for support and guidance.

“With FDA approval, we are able to advance this groundbreaking research and begin to enroll participants within the Big Idea study. This is a huge milestone for the Reeve Foundation as we work to demonstrate the power and potential of epidural stimulation as a life-changing therapy for individuals living with spinal cord injury. Thanks to technology, we are unlocking a world of unforeseen possibilities to accelerate scientific discovery and uncover new approaches to foster greater recovery.”  said Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

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