A first-ever, independent survey of more than 33,000 households will be released on April 21, reporting there are more than a million more paralyzed than previously estimated and five times more people live with spinal cord injury.

The survey was initiated by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Short Hills, NJ, and conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Center for Development and Disability. More than 30 experts from 14 top universities and medical centers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the parameters for the research.

The information will be shared at a press event in Washington at 10 am ET, and is also available for view as a Webinar at: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/Reeve-Foundation-Prevalence-Study/

The speakers are;
• Peter Kiernan, chairman of the board, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
• Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, director, National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Rep James Langevin, (D-RI), the only spinal cord-injured member of Congress
• Alexandra Reeve Givens and Matthew Reeve, the children of Christopher Reeve
• Kris Gulden; former Alexandria, Va, deputy sheriff, who was spinal cord injured in 1984 when hit by a car.
• Alan T. Brown; business executive from Hollywood, Fla, paralyzed from the chest down when he was hit by a wave in 1988.
• Raul Pedraza, Spanish-speaking business executive and veteran from Miami, Fla who was paralyzed in 2002 from a tragic fall.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is focused on curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.

[Source: Newswise]