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We are looking forward to the first ever Jack O’Lantern Jamboree which will be held at Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, NJ on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 4:30-6:30 pm, rain or shine. This is a FREE family event! Pumpkins are being sold ahead of time, and children and adults are encouraged to bring their pre-carved or painted pumpkins to be judged for prizes. There will also be a live pumpkin carving contest, a carving demonstration, kids’ games, a wheechair obstacle course, and a parade for the kids who come in costume. Many local businesses have donated prizes for the winners. The event will conclude with the Push to Pumpkin Walk at sundown, when the carved pumpkins will be lit around the track for all to admire.

When Suburban Trends approached Push to Walk with the idea of a fun, family event, we were very excited to work with them on a Halloween related theme and have an opportunity to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries at the same time. Since we always look for ways to tie our mission into our events, the idea of including a wheelchair obstacle course seemed like a perfect fit. Members of the public can see what it’s like to navigate a wheelchair for a few minutes, and try to do simple things from a seated position.

The live pumpkin carving contest is hoped to generate interest among the attendees, who will then bid on their favorites to take home with them if they are the high bidder. So bring your carved pumpkins to Kinnelon High School, and join in on the fun! Check out this link for more information:

http://www.facebook.com/events/413920551998168/

Call us for details! 862-200-5848. Hope to see you there!

Cynthia

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Working together with Burke Rehab Hospital, their staff and clients has been an amazing experience. From their top SCI doc, Dr. Stampas, to their PT’s, OT’s and Recreation Therapists, everyone is committed to seeing their patients make progress in their physical capabilities, emotional well-being and social interactions. One recent event that Push to Walk participated in was one of the hand cycle clinics that Burke hosted in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital , and it was great!

A variety of equipment vendors were there and had bikes for people to try, lots of volunteers to help and great food. At Push to Walk, we love getting clients to consider hand cycling as a complement to our exercise program, and have brought several newcomers into the sport. With so many choices of bikes, it is important to try a few different styles to see what is more comfortable and easy for you to use. We can also tailor your workouts to include specific exercises that will help you become stronger and make cycling more enjoyable.

Using a hand cycle can not only be a great way to exercise, but a fun and social activity with friends and family, too. While you may not think October is the time to think about an outdoor sport, you may want to start looking into different models, talk with people who ride, and start considering your options for the spring. There are several events that would be great to train for, especially Team Push to Walk’s participation in the NJ Marathon/Half Marathon on May 5, 2013, and the annual Richard West 5 Mile ride on Long Beach Island in June.

We’d be happy to provide you with information on hand cycles and the events mentioned above – please e-mail me at ctempleton@pushtowalknj.org. We are already signing up team members for the May Marathon, and would love to recruit hand cyclists and more runners, too! All funds raised are used for client scholarships at Push to Walk. We’d love to have you join us!

Cynthia

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Hello Everyone!

I am very excited that our Push to Walk trainer Tommy, my daughter Arianne (newly graduated as a DPT – Doctorate of Physical Therapy) and I will be attending this year’s Working 2 Walk conference in Irvine, CA. Marilyn Smith and the Unite 2 Fight Paralysis team does an awesome job of bringing together the best and brightest in the field of spinal cord injury research to update consumers and professionals on the current status of progress being made.

I attended the two previous conferences in Phoenix and Maryland, and am very happy to be going again this year. In addition to hearing speakers that include Jerry Silver, Frank Reynolds and Dr. Oswald Steward, I love connecting with friends around the country and meeting new friends, all of whom are involved in the SCI community.

The conference will conclude with a tour of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which is sure to be exciting and informative! Tommy is especially interested in all things related to research and SCI, so this is sure to be a highlight of the trip.

Check out the website for the conference (www.working2walk.org), and follow the Care Cure posts that usually keep track of all the conference happenings (http://sci.rutgers.edu). I’ll give you a summary when we return.

Cynthia

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