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Published in Media Alerts on January 02, 2013 (PDF)

Racers with spinal cord injuries starting 50-state marathon tour to speak at Rehab Center

Media Contact: Matt Westerfield at 601-984-1104 or mwesterfield@umc.edu.

WHAT: The University Rehabilitation Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center will host a tour and presentation by three marathoners with spinal cord injuries who plan to kick off a campaign to race in 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks, starting with the Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday. The athletes will give a brief presentation and visit with rehab patients at the center.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3

WHERE: University Rehabilitation Center on the UMMC campus. The entrance is on Lakeland Drive just west of the UMMC Lakeland Drive entrance.

WHY: Paul Erway of Kentucky, Grant Berthiaume of Arizona and Aaron Roux of Illinois all suffered accidents when they were younger, which left them paralyzed from the waist down. But they also found a love for wheelchair sports and have committed to racing in 50 marathons this year to raise money and awareness for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Named after the “Superman” actor injured in a horse-riding accident in 1995, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to discovering treatments and a cure for spinal cord injuries.