November 26, 2012 - North Hills, NJ. Filemobile is honoured to be working with The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to provide a contest widget to help give away a $3,500 wheelchair. The Reeve's inspired a generation and we are excited to see the stories come in from the candidates.
Here is the press release posted on November 26th, 2012: the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Tilt-A-Rack launched a national contest in which individuals living with paralysis can win a free power wheelchair. The contest is open for submissions now through Jan. 18, 2012.
Entries will be accepted from a person living with paralysis or from a friend or family member of the person who would benefit from the wheelchair. The entry must include either a 200-word essay with a photo of the person who will be using the wheelchair, or a video less than two minutes in length. The submission must explain how winning the power wheelchair will improve the health and well-being of the winner and improve his or her ability to give back to family, caregivers, the community or the world.
The contest is hosted on the Reeve Foundation's website at ChristopherReeve.org/chaircontest. The winner will be selected by the most number of votes – voting is open to the public. The prize will be one Jazzy Select 6 joy stick controlled power wheelchair, valued at more than $3,500. The wheelchair will be awarded directly to the winner.
"For many people living with paralysis, having a quality power wheelchair could make a real difference in their ability to live more comfortably and independently," said Peter Wilderotter, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "The Foundation is pleased to support Tilt-A-Rack, a company that has been so generous to the paralysis community, in hosting this contest. I encourage all individuals with spinal cord injury who would benefit from this wheelchair to enter the contest and spread the word so that more people will see their stories and cast a vote."
According to a Reeve Foundation study, One Degree of Separation, more than one million people in the U.S. are living with some form of paralysis due to spinal cord injury. The cost of living for a person with paralysis can be considerable and vary greatly due to the severity of the injury. Average yearly expenses can range from $334,170 to $1,023,924 in the first year alone, and estimated lifetime costs can rise over $4.5 million for a 25-year old, according to The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is using Filemobile's Gallery and Upload widget to run the contest. "It is a great honor to be working with the Reeve Foundation," said Steve Hulford, founder of Filemobile. "We are looking forward to capturing and curating the inspiring stories of those that are participating in the contest. "
For more information about spinal cord injury, visit ChristopherReeve.org.