Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced a new alliance to cultivate connections and expand support for the spinal cord injury community.

This collaboration will foster sharing of best practices, expand services and educational content, and enable joint fundraising opportunities in the US and Ireland. As the alliance kicks off, the focus will be on peer mentoring, a flagship service of both organizations.

SII provides support for the injured person and their family and friends at every stage, with counseling, community outreach, peer mentoring and activity programs. Its mission and work mirrors many aspects of the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), which offers comprehensive information, resources, and referral services for the community to achieve a better quality of life, a media release from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation explains.

“The mission of our PRC is to foster involvement in the community, promote health and improve quality of life. Our new alliance with SII will help our organizations cultivate and grow community connections while learning from each other about the best ways to care for and promote the independence of people living with paralysis, a spinal cord injury, or mobility impairment.”

— Maggie Goldberg, President, and COO, Reeve Foundation

“Spinal Injuries Ireland is delighted to partner with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to advance the mission of providing the best care post injury in the community for people who have sustained a life changing injury. To date both organisations have shared best practice in a number of services and in addition our collaboration will allow SII to participate and fund future research projects with Reeve and other partners to accelerate research in to therapies and a cure for spinal cord injury.”

— Fiona Bolger, CEO of Spinal Injuries Ireland

With this new partnership, the Reeve Foundation continues to deliver on its dual mission, “Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.” set forth by the founders Christopher and Dana Reeve to provide a continuum of hope for individuals living with paralysis worldwide.

This Reeve-SII collaboration follows an alliance with the International Spinal Research Trust (ISRT) as a joint strategic approach to research with a focus on accelerating the progress of therapies and their delivery to the millions of people around the world living with the life-altering effects of paralysis, the release continues.

[Source(s): Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, PR Newswire]

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