Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center Announces Actor Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell to Be Spokesperson

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) announced that actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell has agreed to serve as a spokesperson for the Center and its recently-launched Minority Communities Outreach Campaign.

“As a paraplegic, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced daily by people living with paralysis,” said Chill. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my accident, it’s that you need to use every resource available to you, to continue with your life. I particularly want to encourage African-Americans and those living in minority communities to improve their quality of life by using the PRC’s services.”

“Chill was close to Christopher, and is still a good friend of Dana, and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation,” said Joe Canose, Director of the PRC. “As a spokesperson for the PRC, his lively personality and indomitable spirit will surely be an inspiration to the millions of Americans living with paralysis.”

Chill first came to the public’s attention as a member of the rap group Groove B. Chill. In 1990, the rappers were cast in the feature film “House Party”, which led to the start of Chill’s acting career. Some of his films include “Galaxy Quest”, “Lucky Numbers”, “Black Knight”, and Disney’s “The Country Bears.” On television, Chill has appeared on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Law & Order”, and has been a series regular on “The John Larroquette Show” and “Veronica’s Closet.”

Chill was injured in a motorcycle accident in November 2001, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Soon after rehabilitation, Chill went back to work and was seen as a regular on the NBC series “Ed.”

The Minority Communities Outreach Campaign is a new public awareness initiative of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, formed through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This campaign aims to increase awareness of, and access to, the PRC and its services among the Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander and Native American communities in the United States, and to promote informed health care decisions and active and independent living among these minority groups, thus positively impacting their quality of life. The PRC provides information services to people and their families nationwide who are living with paralysis. For more information on the PRC, please visit
http://www.paralysis.org.

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