Team Reeve Louisville – miniMarathon

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathonThe Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is a proud charity partner pf the Kentucky Derby Festival in this years Marathon/miniMarathon. We are working with our friends at Frazier Rehab, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville to pull together Team members and volunteers. It will be an exciting and inspirational journey for all as we gear up for the race – April 26!

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Michael Brent Courtyard Dedication

April 24, 2008 -North Hall is across the street from Memorial Coliseum on the corner of Avenue of Champions and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Michael Brent Memorial Courtyard

Michael Brent Memorial Courtyard - Click to Enlarge

Poem read at Dedication Ceremony:

Well Done

Some people may say your life was interrupted
Before its prime,
But I witnessed a young man, who despite challenges, perservered
Never wasting a moment in time
You were always encouraging others by having a positive demeanor
And never allowing circumstances to
Discount you from being a dreamer.

A car accident may have taken your ability to walk,
But it never hindered you
From being a pillar of strength—
Our loving rock.

You once told me that you had touched more lives
While in your chair
Than when you were walking
And breathing God’s cool crisp air.

You never allowed that chair to define you,
Opting to use it as a tool
To shape and refine you.

Your legacy exemplifies life’s most important lessons:
Love unconditionally, laugh often
And realize that when bad things happen—
Do not see it as the end,
But view it as opportunity to tend
To those things which God has entrusted to man
For we all play a part in His devine plan.

And although we miss you
And tears still dampen on our eyes,
We are much better people
Because on this journey
You passed by.

We shall never forget you, but will always remember
For which you stood
And what you meant.
You were are son, our brother, and friend—
And most importantly…
Ourr beloved Michael Todd Brent!

Lisa A. Brown
April 24, 2008

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Ground broken for ‘unique’ playground

By Jonna Spelbring Priester
General Manager – Henry County Local

On the one year anniversary of his death, many said Michael Brent surely would be smiling down upon the scene April 17 in the new Henry County Park.

It was there that four shovels pierced the grassy ground in a ceremonial gesture for what will, one day, be a very unique playground.

The playground will be one that all children, those who are able bodied and those who are not, will be able to enjoy.

“I know Michael is smiling down right now,” Henry County Judge Executive John Logan Brent said. “He’s got to be pleased.”

A playground, he said, is an integral part of any park.

“If you’re going to have a park you’ve got to have a playground, right,” he said.

But the cost of playground equipment is high, Brent said. Enter Friends for Michael and its president, Cindy Norton.

“This playground is going to be unique,” she said, saying that where there is a piece of playground equipment for an able bodied child, there would also be a piece of equipment for a disabled child.

The concept was something Norton said she talked about frequently with Michael Brent.

“But we never dreamed we wouldn’t be able to do it together,” she said during the ground breaking ceremony.

Most importantly, Norton said she wanted the project to be a county wide effort, not just a Friends for Michael venture.

Next year, at around the same time, Norton said she hopes to be at the park again. Only then, Norton said, she hopes to be cutting a ribbon.

Norton said later she’s working on getting special playground equipment for the park.

During the ceremony, John Logan Brent presented Norton with a $10,000 check from the Henry County Fiscal Court as well as a $2,000 check from Arvin Sango, and Cedar Lake Lodge President Jim Richardson presented a check for $5,000; all for the playground’s development.

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Accessible Playground Groundbreaking

Friends For Michael Accessible Playground Groundbreaking Ceremony

Accessible PlaygroundGround Breaking Ceremony for the NEW “ALL ACCESSIBLE” PLAYGROUND being built in memory of Michael Brent by Friends for Michael.

April 17, 2008 – 9:00 AM at the NEW Henry County Recreational and Services Park New Castle, KY.

Please join us as we celebrate Michael’s life and accomplishments by honoring him with a playground Accessible to Children and Adults of ALL ABILITIES!