Suburban Propane recently presented local disability advocate, author, philanthropist, motivational speaker and entrepreneur Eric LeGrand with their 2021 SuburbanCares Award. In addition to the award, Suburban Propane made a generous contribution to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through Team LeGrand.

This award, the first to be presented at Suburban Propane’s Whippany headquarters, was presented to Mr. LeGrand on June 30 in recognition of his ongoing contributions made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation in support of quality of life initiatives and accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries. As a rising Rutgers University football star, Mr. LeGrand sustained a spinal cord injury at his C3 and C4 vertebrae during a 2010 game at MetLife Stadium. Since then Mr. LeGrand has dedicated his life to improving the lives of individuals across the nation who are impacted by paralysis.

Suburban Propane’s ongoing SuburbanCares brand pillar highlights the company’s philanthropic and community outreach efforts throughout its 41-state footprint. This year, Suburban Propane is undertaking initiatives to help children in underserved communities in Philadelphia, PA; Santa Fe, NM; Santa Rosa, CA; Charleston, SC; Detroit, MI; New Brunswick, NJ; and has fed healthcare professionals in some of the most COVID-19 affected regions in the nation; including Florida, California, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC.

“I am very thankful to Suburban Propane for their generous donation to Team LeGrand of The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. We are all about growing our family and bringing awareness to people with spinal cord injuries. I’m grateful that Suburban Propane has now joined the Team LeGrand family,” said LeGrand.

“The Reeve Foundation appreciates the support from Suburban Propane for Team LeGrand. We are thankful for the generosity of organizations committed to improving the quality of life and well-being for people living with paralysis,” said Maggie Goldberg, President, Reeve Foundation. “These funds will expand our resources and advance our mission to discover cures and therapies for spinal cord injury.”