In honor of the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis, Will Reeve, son of the late Christopher and Dana Reeve, is ringing Thursday's closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite.
Christopher Reeve dreamed of a world of empty wheelchairs and for the past few decades the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has worked tirelessly to achieve that.
One in fifty Americans are living with some form of paralysis and 1.3 million of them have a spinal cord injury.
Free programs, support, mentors, research and donations have helped hundreds of thousands of families redefine life with paralysis, as the foundation works towards a cure.
The foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to fellow nonprofits that work to improve the health, wellness and independence of the disability community. It's also invested more than $130 million in research labs worldwide.