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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing has established a student award in honor of actor Christopher Reeve. A benefit concert will be held in Willcox Hall on the University’s Pleasantville, N.Y., campus on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with proceeds going toward the Christopher Reeve Nursing Award and the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
The Christopher Reeve Nursing Award will be presented to a graduating senior from the Lienhard School of Nursing, who demonstrates excellence in home care-community nursing, and who inspires both patients and colleagues. It will be awarded at the School’s annual recognition ceremony in May.
The concert is sponsored by the undergraduate nursing program and the Student Nurses at Pace University (S.N.A.P.). It will feature “Bill’s Band,” which will play a selection of hits from their CD “Basic Tracks.” The cost is $15. There will be a special check presentation to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
The Christopher Reeve Foundation supports research leading to effective treatments and a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis, provides grants to local agencies which focus on the quality of life for the disabled, and serves as a source of information and advocacy for all disabled persons. The Christopher Reeve Foundation is a fundraising arm of the American Paralysis Association.
Christopher Reeve also will receive an honorary degree from Pace University during commencement on Wednesday, May 20 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., for his artistic achievement and dedication to people with disabilities.