BOEC awarded $5,000 grant |

BOEC awarded $5,000 grant

BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), officials there announced Monday.

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to enable the participation of people living with paralysis in our educational and therapeutic outdoor programs,” said Kim Porter, grant manager for the BOEC. “Their support over the years has allowed the BOEC to realize many goals and to serve more people.”

The BOEC was founded in 1976 and provides wilderness programs, leadership development and skiing lessons to disabled people of all abilities. This is the third grant the foundation has awarded the organization. Past grants paid for tuition assistance for disadvantaged participants, a trail and campus accessibility project and adaptive equipment. This year’s grant will provide financial assistance to help people living with paralysis kayak, hand-cycle and ski.

The Health Promotions Grant was part of $275,000 distributed to 27 organizations throughout the nation that work to improve opportunities, access and day-to-day life for families and individuals living with disabilities. The grants, which are awarded twice a year, recognize programs that enable people with disabilities to live independent and active lives.

The Health Promotion awards are funded through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center and are made possible by a grant that organization received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last fall.

The resource center funds research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis and works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities.

For more information regarding the BOEC, call (970) 453-6422.

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