ThinkFirst Navajo, Serving NM

Quality of Life Grant

Echohawk Lefthand, Director of Eve's Fund's ThinkFirst Navajo Chapter, teaching school children how to avoid brain and spinal cord injuries.

We’re thrilled to announce that Eve’s Fund has received our second Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Representatives from the Reeve Foundation will present the $5,000 grant check in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, February 24, the seventh anniversary of Eve’s death. It will be a fitting way to honor her memory.

Our grant is one of only 76 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. We will use the $5,000 to expand our ThinkFirst Navajo Injury Prevention Program, which reduces brain and spinal cord injuries and fatalities among Navajo youth and teens by providing culturally sensitive, free education to schools on the Navajo Nation.

The ThinkFirst Navajo program also empowers adult Navajos with paraplegia and provides them with an outlet for public service. This year, Navajo speakers will teach 2,000-2,400 students in grades K-12 about serious injuries related to vehicle crashes, sports injuries, alcohol, violence and other factors. The speakers will talk about their own injuries and the consequences they face daily. We've found that hearing these personal stories captures the students’ attention and makes them more open to learning about injury prevention.