SAIL's ORCA program receives $12,000 grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Southeast Alaska Independent Living is proud to announce that it has received a $12,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 74 grants totaling over $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,205 grants totaling nearly $17 million since 1999.


Funds will be used to enhance SAIL’s winter snowsports offerings through the ORCA Program — SAIL’s adaptive sports and recreation program. With this money, SAIL will send ORCA staff to the annual Breckenridge Ski Spectacular. Hosted each year in Breckenridge, Colo., the week-long Ski Spectacular is the largest gathering of adaptive snowsports instructors, industry representatives and disabled skiers and snowboarders in the nation. Additionally, ORCA will expand its cross country ski program with the purchase of a Nordic sit-ski.

“SAIL is proud to have received this grant,” said ORCA program director Tristan Knutson-Lombardo. “With these funds, we will continue to provide our staff and consumers with the most current and cutting edge tools and resources for safe, fun, adaptive snowsports instruction.”

“It is the Reeve Foundation’s esteemed pleasure to award Quality of Life grants that will help the paralysis community enhance their freedom and independence,” said Niketa Sheth, Senior Vice President of Quality of Life of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to align with organizations that believe in our mission and the ability for those living with paralysis to achieve fulfillment.”

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program was conceived by the late Dana Reeve to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #U59DD000838).

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. It meets all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and holds the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award No. U59DD000838. For more information, please visit or call 800-539-7309.

SAIL served more than 1200 seniors and people with disabilities throughout Southeast Alaska last year. With offices in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Haines, SAIL’s mission is to “inspire personal independence.” For more information, visit, find SAIL on Facebook, or call 586-4920.


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