|Priti Mehta (L), of the Reeve Foundation presents Quality of Life Grant to |
ThinkFirst Navajo VIP speakers, Doris Dennison (R) and Cecelia Fred (R)
FARMINGTON, N.M. – February 24, 2012 – Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives 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 76 grants 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.
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.
“We are honored to receive our second Quality of Life grant from the Reeve Foundation,” said Barbara Crowell Roy, secretary of Eve’s Fund. “The grant allows us to expand our education efforts in hopes of dramatically lowering the high rate of injuries and deaths among Native youth. The ThinkFirst Navajo program also empowers adult Navajos with paraplegia and provides them with an outlet for public service.”
In 2012, ThinkFirst Navajo will teach 2,000-2,400 students in grades K-12 about serious injuries related to vehicle crashes, sports injuries, alcohol, violence and other factors. Navajo speakers with paraplegia will make the presentations at 20-25 schools across the Navajo Nation.
“The Quality of Life Grants Program allows us to connect with other nonprofit organizations to enable individuals living with paralysis and their families to enhance their daily livelihood,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Promoting as much freedom and independence as possible for individuals living with paralysis is a tenet of our mission. The Quality of Life Grants do just that.”
About Eve’s Fund
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization 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. Over the past six and a half years, the organization has developed strong community partnerships and created prevention and education programs impacting thousands of Native children and young adults. For more information, go to http://www.evecrowellsfund.org.
About the Reeve Foundation
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.