The #CLFInnerReevechallenge of 2019 has officially ended, but we’re so proud of the amazing work we accomplished together.
Thank you to those who participated in supporting today's care and tomorrow's cure for spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis!
With your generous donations and social media posts, we were able to raise $25,993 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Congratulations to our winners, who participated and donated in the Challenge and were lucky enough to be selected during our Facebook Live event at the Reeve NYC Marathon Afterparty!
We hope you enjoy your Peloton Tread, Garmin Fenix 5x watch and your year-long subscription to the Peloton Digital app!
The Chaffin Luhana Foundation partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to launch a social media challenge for people to announce and recognize their everyday heroes. We recognized those, who like Christopher and Dana Reeve, exhibited the strength to endure and persevere despite overwhelming obstacles, or exhibit values in their daily life such as love and kindness toward others, courage, perseverance and hope.
The Challenge was aimed to raise funds and grow awareness for the Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries and providing paralyzed, traumatically injured survivors with a supportive community and resources.
All donations went directly to the Reeve Foundation, and the Chaffin Luhana Foundation gave away t-shirts and great prizes including a Peloton Tread, Garmin Fenix 5x watch, and a 1-year subscription to Peloton Digital.
Thank you for supporting our mission, doing some good in the world, and most importantly, supporting those who are impacted by paralysis! You all helped us carry out our stated mission of Doing Good by Doing Right.
Most people still recognize Christopher Reeve from when he played the original Superman on the silver screen. A tragic horseback riding accident in 1995 left the ‘Superman’ actor paralyzed from the neck down.
Christopher Reeve, along with his wife Dana, then became prominent activists fighting for funding in spinal cord research at a time when many considered it an impossible dream. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with paralysis, and ultimately curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research. The Foundation summarizes its incredible mission in four simple words: “Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.”
Christopher and Dana’s determination inspired hope and created a community for those living with paralysis and their families. In 2002, the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) opened its doors offering sources of support and networking to those living with any level of paralysis. The PRC offers a multitude of services such as information specialists, peer & family support programs, quality of life grants, and more.
Learn more about the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation at: ChristopherReeve.org
The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (“CLF”) is a non-profit formed by Eric Chaffin and Roopal Luhana, and their families, to build upon their law firm’s core value of “Doing Good by Doing Right”. The Foundation encourages and supports various initiatives including community empowerment and scientific research projects with meaningful impact. The Foundation also seeks to highlight individuals who display outstanding characteristics in their lives, including individuals like the late Christopher and Dana Reeve.
CLF initially became involved in raising funds for the Reeve Foundation through Chaffin Luhana LLP (“CL”) Managing Partner and CLF Trustee Eric Chaffin who is running the NYC Marathon for Team Reeve, but the entire CL team quickly became involved as well.
Eric, along with Peloton friends, Keri Greene-Maskell and Dana Hartman—will be running the TCS New York City Marathon on November 3rd for Team Reeve. These three’s friendship started over their love for Peloton indoor cycling, and has grown into endurance sports including most recently Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 26.2 mile run).
They chose to support the Reeve Foundation charity for the NYC Marathon because Keri Greene-Maskell’s family member is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury. Chaffin Luhana, the law firm that funds the CL Foundation, of course represents survivors of tragic events, including survivors who are paralyzed from accidents and defective products.
“Running the NYC Marathon to support Keri’s family and the Reeve Foundation was an easy decision. We understand how important the Reeve Foundation Resource Center, for example, can be those with paralysis,” says Chaffin.
Chaffin further explains, “we are also active in a national outreach event known as the Injury Board Day of Action—a collaborative effort by the nation’s leading plaintiff’s attorneys to make a difference in their local communities. This year the service day is focused on #SmartHome technology to support people with physical limitations.” When the Chaffin Luhana team saw the impact that the Reeve Foundation had with its Google Home initiative (a #SmartHome device), “our entire team was excited to make Team Reeve Endurance the central focus of our service day in November,” said Chaffin. “We all got together and realized there simply was no better Day of Action for us than supporting Team Reeve Endurance and its mission,” said CL Partner and CLF Trustee Roopal Luhana.
To participate in the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge, volunteers are encouraged to donate to the Reeve Foundation via the directions on this page and post a photo or video on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, recognizing one of their everyday heroes, and tagging three friends to do the same.
A social media post and challenge to three friends to participate, along with a donation of any size to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation via the #CLInnerReeveChallenge page earns the Challenge participant a one-of-a-kind T-Shirt with the slogan “Find Your Inner, Christopher Reeve.”
The slogan is meant to highlight that while Superman, who Christopher Reeve portrayed in the 1978 film, was a hero, the real-life hero was Christopher Reeve himself, who despite his horrific accident that left him a quadriplegic, went on to raise funds and advocate for those with SCI and paralysis.
A donation of any size will also enter the donor in a drawing to potentially win three separate prizes: (1) a Peloton Tread; (2) a Garmin Fenix5x watch; and/or (3) a 12-month subscription to Peloton Digital. The winner of the drawings will be announced by the Chaffin Luhana Foundation at the conclusion of the NYC Marathon on November 3rd on Facebook Live (@ChaffinLuhanaFoundation) and on Instagram Live (@ChaffinLuhanaFoundation).
“One of our goals is to inspire others to run marathon’s for charities, and the prizes we are giving away are meant to help support people in their journey,” said Eric Chaffin. “I learned to love running on my own Peloton Tread and using Peloton Digital outdoor over the past year. It got me through two Ironman 70.3’s already in 2019, and is taking me to the NYC Marathon on November 3rd,” said Chaffin. "I can think of no better way to pay it forward than to give away a Tread to a lucky donor who wins our drawing,” said Chaffin. “Anyone who donates to Team Reeve through the CL Foundation will be entered—whether the donation is $1 or $1,000,” said Roopal. The winners will be drawn and announced at the conclusion of the NYC Marathon on November 3rd.
“It is amazing to see the scientific developments for spinal cord injuries, and know that couldn’t have been possible without the relentless vision of Christopher Reeve,” said Roopal Luhana. “I have always been inspired by the determination of Christopher and Dana to advocate for those suffering from any form of paralysis. The Reeve Foundation is an essential community, as well as a driving force for spinal cord injury research. It is an honor for CLF to partner with the Reeve Foundation,” said Eric Chaffin.