Saturday, August 13, 2005

Long Beach International Marathon Partners w/ the Christopher Reeves Foundation and Paralysis Project

The Long Beach International Marathon Partners with the Christopher Reeves Foundation and Paralysis Project for Charity Marathon Program.

The Long Beach International Marathon on October 16, 2005, offering events including the 5k run/walk, 10K, ½ Marathon, Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, Inline Skate Marathon, and Bike Tour, has collaborated efforts with the Paralysis Project and Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to offer online and offline fundraising services for participants interested in raising money for these organizations. The services will include personalized Web pages for each fundraiser that offer the ability to collect donor contributions online, as well as a professional fundraiser kit with tips on how to fundraise, plus forms and instructions on how to collect checks from family and friends.

"This program gives people who would like to support these organizations an easy and fun way to fundraise while providing them the opportunity to get active and participate in one of the marathon events." Allison Reutter, Fundraising Program Coordinator. "Many people who are dealing with Spinal Cord Injury can compete in the Wheelchair division of the Marathon and raise money to help these causes get closer to a cure."

Participants involved in the fundraising efforts will be entered into a raffle to win prizes ranging from a big screen TV to free round trip airfare. Each fundraiser will also receive a free entry into the fundraiser kick-off party, offered to all new fundraisers giving them a chance to meet others supporting the same cause, and receive professional training tips.

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is dedicated to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities. The mission of Paralysis Project is to accelerate progress toward finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). Each year, the lives of more than 14,000 are shattered by SCI resulting from sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and acts of violence. Over the past 14 years, Paralysis Project has raised millions to fund progressive research on spinal cord repair and regeneration to help these people walk again.

Every 48 minutes, an American is spinal cord injured. Please help us in our effort to unite for a cure by fundraising for one of these incredible organizations. If you would like to join the fundraising team for the Paralysis Project you can sign up at www.active.com/donate/pplb.

If you would like to fundraise for the Christopher Reeves Foundation please call (858)964-3952.

Sign up for the Long Beach International Marathon at www.runlongbeach.com.