WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Town of Wrightsville is pleased to announce that it has received a $6,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $427,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more 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 2,131 grants totaling over $16 million since 1999.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department will use the grant to purchase sand wheelchairs for use on the beach. The sand wheelchairs are provided free of charge to any individual in need of the service. The ability to enhance the quality of life for those with physical challenges by facilitating access to our beautiful beaches is truly a gift made greater by this grant.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach is honored to be one of the 76 grant recipients in the United States. Thanks to the Reeve Foundation, the Town of Wrightsville Beach will be able to expand availability and opportunity to enhance the quality of life for those living with disabilities.
"The Reeve Foundation's Quality of Life Grants Program has always been a cornerstone of one of our core beliefs, the power of we. By supporting these organizations that align with the same beliefs as ours, we are better able to help our community members live more independently," said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "We are pleased to reward a number of tremendous organizations for their efforts."
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000838).