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Raw Beauty NYC Project In Ardsley Showcases Women With Physical Challenges

Iris Pagan, executive director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau, Tierney Saccavino, Acorda Therapeutics, Dr. Ron Cohen, president and CEO, Acorda Therapeutics,Susan Howley,Wendy Crawford (in front), Raw Beauty Project. Photo Credit: Alyssa Peek
Tierney Saccavino, Acorda Therapeutics speaking with Wendy Crawford - Founder, Raw Beauty Project, Photo Credit: Alyssa Peek

RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. —  Acorda Therapeutics hosted the opening of The Raw Beauty NYC Project in Ardsley.

The Raw Beauty NYC Project is an art exhibit that uses photographs of women living with disabilities and showcases their strength, courage and beauty.

The exhibit started as a collaboration between the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and,  but the Raw Beauty Project also partnered with fashion photographers.

These photographers took photos of women who are thriving despite their physical limitations, and created unique photos that can tell each woman’s individual story. The Raw Beauty NYC exhibit was on display for six months at the American Contemporary Art gallery in Chelsea, prior to debuting in Westchester County.

Wendy Crawford, is a model and founder of and the Raw Beauty Project. She was the key note speaker of this event. Crawford was an aspiring model when she was in an automobile accident that left her without the use of her legs at the age of 19.

Since then, Crawford has become a leading voice for women with physical challenges, and a vocal opponent of drunk driving.

Other speakers included Susan Howley, executive vice president of research at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Kevin J. Plunkett, deputy executive of Westchester County, and Dr. Ron Cohen, Acorda founder, president and chief executive officer.

For additional information on the Raw Beauty Project, please visit its website here .

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