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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Presents Grant to Summit Area YMCA

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Short Hills, presented a $2,500 Quality of Life grant to the Summit YMCA on Tuesday afternoon. Credits: Christy Potter
Mary Loeser, aquatics director of the Summit Area YMCA, demonstrates the hydraulic chair used in the pool. Credits: Christy Potter

SUMMIT, NJ - The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Short Hills, presented a $2,500 Quality of Life grant to the Summit YMCA on Tuesday afternoon.

The funding will support an initiative to upgrade the YMCA locker rooms to be more accessible to members with physical disabilities and their families.

The check was presented by Nikita Sheth, Donna Valente and Janelle LoBello of the Reeve Foundation to Terri Clinton, executive director of the YMCA, and Darrell Johnson, CEO of the Y.

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After the check presentation, representatives from the Reeve Foundation toured the YMCA, including the locker rooms, and the Butin Pool, which has a hydraulic chair to help those with limited mobility get into the pool.

The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis. Since 1999, the Reeve Foundation has provided 2,055 grants totaling more than $15.7 million to organizations worldwide that help improve opportunities, access and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and their communities.

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