June 6, 2020 will be my late husband Greg’s 57th birthday. If you are able, I hope you will consider a gift to the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund — which, in turn, can help give the gift of health to people around the world.
The Fund has responded to COVID-19 with a focus this quarter on sponsoring daily health news broadcasts by The Exam Room™ of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), whose mission is to promote lifesaving nutrition and end animal cruelty in labs and classrooms.
To mark Stroke Awareness Month, the Fund sponsored this week’s Exam Room video Not Becoming A Stroke Statistic – Fighting Back With Food and podcast Change What You Eat, Change Your Stroke Risk.
Plant-based diets can improve or even reverse conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity that increase risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms and death — and The Exam Room is working to help the public with recent episodes including Best Foods to Lower High Blood Pressure and Top 5 Red Foods for a Healthy Heart.
Since our first sponsored Exam Room podcast Protecting Your Heart with Plants on Greg’s 2019 birthday — building from Greg’s and my longstanding relationship with PCRM — the program has now added daily Facebook Live broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon Eastern time, and also increased the frequency of its podcasts and Youtube videos.
Other timely subjects of recent Exam Room programs include: Advice for Vegan Athletes and COVID-19 Recovery, See Plant-Based Doctors Via Telemedicine!, Coronavirus Vaccine: Finding Immunity Faster Without Animals, and Meat Processing Plants and COVID-19.
Also this quarter:
— The Greg Fund helped Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary raise money for over 200 rescued pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and other animals, by contributing to its May 17, 17th annual 5k — a virtual event this year. Animal sanctuaries face particular challenges during the pandemic — but Poplar Spring raised a record sum through this year’s virtual run!
— The Greg Fund has continued to support the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign to end cruelty toward racehorses — which on May 28 joined a coalition formally urging New York Governor Cuomo to redirect taxpayer racing industry subsidies toward urgent education, healthcare, and human service needs.
Also, PETA’s 5th annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award will be presented in late June — stay tuned for details!
— Lots more information on Greg Fund-supported initiatives is in the Animal Advocacy section of our website.
Thank you so much for remembering Greg on his birthday!
Photos: Chuck Carroll and Dr. Neal Barnard on The Exam Room™ broadcast of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Alysoun Mahoney with Nigel at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (courtesy of Simone de Lima). Charlie, a subject of PETA’s 2013 New York State investigation into racehorse abuse, who was rescued and adopted by Alysoun in 2016.