Northern Michigan, Winter 2021 — The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury through innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Challenge Mountain received a $18,275 grant from the Reeve Foundation to support adaptive recreational programming. “We were thrilled to receive the grant from the Reeve Foundation,” explains Executive Director Elizabeth Looze. “This gift will make a significant impact on the lives of individuals living with disabilities for many years to come.
“Not surprisingly, the Foundation’s Core Beliefs parallel those of Challenge Mountain,” Looze adds. According to the christopherreeve.org, the Foundation “…believes in EMPOWERING those affected by paralysis with the best knowledge, resources and support.” The Foundation Mission: “…IMPROVING the QUALITY OF LIFE for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.” The Challenge Mountain Mission: to enrich lives and empower individuals living with disabilities through year-round adaptive recreation.
Equipment purchased was received in January including: Skandic wide-track snowmobile, Dynamique bi-ski (adaptive skiing equipment), 100 Bolle ski helmets, and 15 Red Feather snowshoes. “This is equipment will help to improve winter recreational experiences for so many of our participants living with disabilities,” shares Program Director Linda Armstrong. “Even with strict COVID protocols in place, participants have already been enjoying the snowshoes, and the snowmobile has been in action, though it will be most appreciated next winter when we can gather again and provide adaptive skiing opportunities.”
To learn more about Challenge Mountain visit challengemtn.org, or contact Executive Director, Elizabeth Looze at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231.582.1186.
Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization.