Arizona Respiratory Center Awarded Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant

<p>Arizona Respiratory Center Awarded Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant</p>

Arizona Respiratory Center Awarded Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded a $25,000 Quality of Life Grant to the Arizona Respiratory Center to support its new Southwest Ventilation Program.
The Quality of Life Program, conceived by Dana Reeve, CRPF director and chair of the Quality of Life Committee (and wife of actor Christopher Reeve), awards grants to programs that improve the daily lives of people living with disabilities, particularly spinal cord injuries.

"The Quality of Life program has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in 1996 and continues to be incredibly rewarding, not only for the grant recipient, but for the CRPF and me personally," Reeve said. "As CRPF diligently continues its search for a cure, the Quality of Life Program vigorously works to help people with disabilities in the here and now. These programs are improving the lives of so many by making life easier, more productive and enjoyable for those living with paralysis."

The Southwest Ventilation Program (SVP) at the Arizona Respiratory Center is a regional initiative to improve the health and quality of life of adults and children with complex respiratory and neuromuscular conditions.

"The SVP is being established to provide comprehensive, family-centered care and support services to thousands of people in the Southwest that require assistive interventions to maintain normal breathing," says Wayne Morgan, MD, associate director of the Arizona Respiratory Center and UA professor of pediatrics and physiology. "Additionally, the SVP will perform clinical research to benefit people with complex respiratory needs and implement effective educational programs for patients, families and medical professionals."

The grant from CRPF will fund the creation of a library of patient, family and professional educational materials detailing treatment protocols and guidelines.

"Establishing an educational center at the Southwest Ventilation Program is an important component of our overall program," says John Mark, MD, UA assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and co-director of the Southwest Ventilation Program. "Through education and related support services we will help adults and children with complex respiratory needs face daily activities with greater confidence and increase their autonomy and independence."

For more information about the Southwest Ventilation Program please visit www.respiratory.arizona.edu

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center, and advocacy efforts. For more information about the CRPF Quality of Life Program, please contact the Quality of Life department at (973) 467-8270, ext. 201, or visit www.ChristopherReeve.org

The Arizona Respiratory Center was designated the first Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine in 1971. Today, the internationally known Center combines the highest caliber of research, clinical care and teaching. The Center is recognized as one of the top institutions for respiratory care.