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Matthew Reeve to Run 2009 ING New York City Marathon for Team Reeve
Date:5/11/2009

Son of Christopher Reeve to run on behalf of 1.275 million Americans living with spinal cord injury

SHORT HILLS, N.J., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation today announced Matthew Reeve, son of Christopher Reeve and member of the Board of Directors of the Reeve Foundation, will run the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. Running as a member of Team Reeve, Matthew was inspired to compete on behalf of the 1.275 million Americans living with spinal cord injury.

"As a first time runner, I do not underestimate the challenge that lies ahead," said Matthew Reeve. "But I am motivated to do the training, to run, and to cross that finish line by the millions of people living with spinal cord injury who struggle daily with considerable challenges."

Matthew was inspired to run the marathon after he learned about the incredible size of the spinal cord injured community in the United States. Recently, the Reeve Foundation released the results of the largest paralysis population survey ever conducted, which reported that 5.6 million Americans live with paralysis, 1.275 million of whom are paralyzed due to spinal cord injury. To honor this community, he will be wearing bib number 1275.

"We all know someone -- a brother, sister, friend, neighbor, or colleague -- living with paralysis," continued Reeve. "They are only one degree of separation from all of us. They live with a condition that affects their family life, their ability to work, and their capacity to enjoy even the most routine everyday activities that others take for granted."

Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation remarked, "We are thrilled Matthew will be running the ING New York City Marathon this fall with other members of Team Reeve to raise awareness and funds for the Reeve Foundation's critical mission. Through support of ground-breaking research, education, and a
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