TWO POWERFUL FOUNDATIONS JOIN FORCES TO SPEED THE DELIVERY OF CARE AND CURES FOR PARALYSIS
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Alan T Brown Foundation Announce Partnership
(SHORT HILLS, NJ) – April 03, 2019 – The Alan T Brown Foundation (ATBF) announced today that it will join forces with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people and families living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. Founded by Fran Brown and Benjamin Brown in 1988, ATBF’s mission is to enhance the health and independence of individuals living with paralysis.
“On behalf of our staff, the Board of Directors, and the community we serve, we are fortunate to have this opportunity to join the Reeve Foundation,” said Fran Brown, President and co-founder of ATBF. “This partnership brings things full circle. When Christopher Reeve was injured in 1995, our family was one of the first to reach out and offer guidance. Over the years, we have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Reeve Foundation and continue to celebrate a shared mission to improve quality of life and speed the development of treatments for paralysis.”
In the immediate aftermath of his injury, ATBF worked closely with Christopher and Dana Reeve to help them navigate the realities and challenges of paralysis. In fact, ATBF served as an inspiration for the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center, which provides similar programs and resources to help families impacted by paralysis. The Paralysis Resource Center recently celebrated a milestone of 100,000 individuals served since its launch in 2002. “This collaboration will enable ATBF to introduce its robust network of supporters to the Reeve Foundation so that we can work smarter, harder and faster for the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis,” said Brown.
On January 2, 1988, Alan T. Brown was vacationing in Martinique when the undertow flipped him over, resulting in a cervical spinal cord injury and paralyzing him from the neck down. Six months after their son’s injury, Fran and Benjy Brown co-founded the Alan T Brown Foundation to find a cure for paralysis by working with the world’s most renowned scientists, institutions and medical facilities. Since then, ATBF’s mission expanded to bring a better quality of life to people with spinal cord injuries and paralysis through their extensive Outreach and Peer Mentoring Program and a constellation of resources.
In addition to providing quality of life programs, ATBF also advocates for disability rights, resources and access across New York City. Dan Brown, a well-known disability rights advocate, was instrumental in creating the wheelchair division in the New York City Marathon in 1999. More recently, Brown worked on the cases that resulted in fifty-percent of New York’s taxis becoming wheelchair accessible, implemented an emergency plan for people with disabilities in the metro-area, improved the accessibility of sidewalk curb cuts, and is currently fighting for an accessible subway system.
“The Brown family has been a force within the community for decades. When you reflect on the individuals and institutions that have paved the way for where we are now, the Brown family has made an indelible mark with their tremendous contributions to the cause. Nearly every individual living with spinal cord injury across the tri-state area has felt the warmth and support of the Alan T Brown Foundation,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Both the Reeve Foundation and ATBF share a dual mission of today’s care and tomorrow’s cure. Bringing our organizations together will give us the ability to optimize our resources and bring life-changing treatments to the paralysis community in a matter of years, not decades.”
In 2012, Alan T. Brown joined the Reeve Foundation as the Director of Public Impact. In his tenure, Brown has provided direct counsel to hundreds of individuals living with paralysis and expanded the reach of the Reeve Foundation’s programs and services. And, through his mentorship, Brown has introduced a number of community-driven programs like Team LeGrand and events such as the Mike Nichols Charity Hockey Game.
“Alan Brown has been a lifeline to many families in need and serves as a shining example of the power of persistence. It is thanks to his leadership that the Reeve Foundation has a growing force of ambassadors like Eric LeGrand, Mike Nichols, Denna Laing and many others,” said Wilderotter. “Further unifying the Reeve and ATBF communities will enable us to ignite a powerful movement. What we have done as separate organizations has been great; what we can do together will be spectacular.”
The Reeve Foundation will be the beneficiary of the ATBF’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament to be held on July 29, 2019, at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. The partnership between ATBF and the Reeve Foundation will formally take place following the event. For more information, visit http://www.atbf.org/upcoming-events/2019-golf-tennis-tournament/.
About the Alan T Brown Foundation
The Alan T Brown Foundation (ATBF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. Through personal contact we provide information, resource referrals and peer support to the paralyzed individual and their family. We strive to assist individuals in achieving the highest personal level of independence, sustaining a healthy lifestyle, managing daily and chronic health issues, and adjusting to their new life after paralysis. For more information, visit our website at www.ATBF.org.
About the Christopher & Dana 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. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.