On Sunday, November 2, 2008, Ana Maria Rivera-Arenas (pictured with husband Carlos Toro) completed the New York City Marathon, running 26.2 miles on behalf of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's Team Reeve. The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and to improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Rivera's 65-year old father has been living with paralysis for the past four years due to transverse myelitis. Doctors were never able to properly diagnose what caused his paralysis in the first place or give much hope for recovery.
"I am running today because I know my father would run for me if given another chance," noted Rivera. "The research conducted by the Reeve Foundation will make cures and treatments a reality to benefit people like my father. It is my hope these treatments and cures come to fruition as soon as possible."
Rivera has raised close to $4,000 for the Reeve Foundation. She currently resides in Puerto Rico with her husband and three children.
For more information on the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and how to run on behalf of Team Reeve, please call 1(800) 539-7309 or visit www.paralysis.org. For Spanish, visit www.paralisis.org.
The Paralysis Resource Center: The Paralysis Resource Center, a program of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and formed through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has established a Multicultural Outreach Program to promote informed health care decisions and active and independent living among those in the Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Native American communities living with paralysis. For more information about the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation or to obtain information about the PRC or how to improve the quality of life for someone living with paralysis please visit our website at www.paralysis.org or www.paralisis.org, or call (800) 539-7309.