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Along with so many of you, I have been watching and listening to hours of coverage about the bombs that were set off at the Boston Marathon. The terror that ensued, the deaths and injuries, the heroic acts of kindness – all of it in my head and leading to so many questions. I would venture a guess that all of us have been in a situation where large numbers of people have gathered with no way to secure our safety. Furthermore, many of us have been specifically at marathons, either on the course or at the finish fine. More thoughts, more questions, more fear………..

But today I wanted to write about an interview I saw on TV with the staff of the Forum Restaurant, the site of the second bomb that was set off in Boston. With sidewalk seating, many patrons were outside, craning their necks to see what the noise was created by the first bomb when the second one went off right where they were. People ran into the restaurant, through the back and out of harm’s way. But the staff ran to the front and started helping people. When the newscaster asked if they saw themselves as “heroes,” all of them shook their heads no…….but I believe it was the Manager who said “we were in the wrong place at the wrong time but we did the right thing.” Those words have stayed with me; I found them very moving and powerful.

I have asked myself many times since hearing those words – would I have done the same thing? The “right thing?” It is one thing to help someone in need when no other threat is present. I am sure I could do that. An act of kindness, a lending hand – sure. But now two bombs had gone off; might there not be more? Yet these people, and so many more, helped those that were injured, seeing unthinkable sights, and they saved people’s lives. They all put their own lives in danger to save others.

These actions shout out the word HERO loud and clear. I only hope I would do the same if faced with the same circumstances. Would you???

Cynthia

P.S. Watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams show tonight at 10 pm for a mother/daughter survival story from the bombings. I saw a preview this morning……

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Our Own “Push Girl” will be on HBO Real Sports! Thanks to Christan Zaccagnino, and her willingness to share even the most intimate of details about her life, her relationships and her challenges, spinal cord injury is getting some well-deserved media attention from someone who is living a very full life. I am sure Christan’s story will make you laugh and make you cry, and will hopefully provide a spark for the bundle of dynamite needed to set off interest and funding for clinical trials for SCI in the U.S.

As many of you know, we follow Boyd Melson, a professional boxer who donates all of his winnings in the ring to Dr. Wise Young and the quest to bring clinical trials from China to the US. Boyd’s best friend, Christan Zaccagnino is a Push to Walk client, and she has worked tirelessly for many years to bring SCI into the media and the forefront of people’s consciousness. One HUGE step forward for Christan and Boyd (and the entire SCI community) is the filming of an HBO Real Sports segment which will be aired tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16, at 10 pm.

Set your DVR’s NOW!

To read a short clip about their story, click on this link: http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/index.html.

I’d love to hear your comments after watching! Let me know what you think!

Cynthia

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Hello everyone,

Push to Walk has partnered with Helen Hayes Hospital in many ways over the last several years, and we are grateful to work with them in our joint mission of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. They have a brand new “Smart Apartment” which incorporates a variety of cool technologies to improve independence. Check out the link below and attend their upcoming reception to see it for yourself! The RSVP date is TODAY!

Helen Hayes Hospital, Route 9W, West Haverstraw, NY

Thursday, April 18 from 5-7:30 PM

Join them for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hors d’oeuvres and guided tours of the Smart Apartment.

Experience how the sound of a voice, the power of touch, the press of a button and the blink of an eye can inspire independence.

RSVP by April 12 by calling 845-786-4114 or email kurtzm@helenhayeshosp.org.

Check out this link for more information: http://www.hhhfoundation.net/smart-apartment/

Enjoy the weekend!

Cynthia

 

 

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This is a great write-up from a new client. There is no way I could describe the experience of coming to Push to Walk like he has!

http://calebsstemcell.blogspot.com/

(One small disclaimer, though, and something that does happen frequently – we are not physical therapy, don’t employ physical therapists, and don’t use the word therapy to describe ourselves. To a lot of people, the distinction is very blurred, and not usually a big deal. I tend to be a little over-sensitive about the issue, though, totally respect all that physical therapy offers, and am always careful in how our exercise program is described. Regardless, this is an awesome blogpost!)

Thanks, Caleb!

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Happy Monday! Happy that warm weather and sunshine have arrived (finally) in New Jersey!

I am not a basketball fan, but do follow sports news enough to know that March Madness is a sub-culture all its own. I even know who the Final Four teams were and who’s playing for the championship tonight. But that, I admit, is about all I do know. And I am curious – did it used to be that March Madness actually ended in March, ’cause last I checked it’s clearly April today…..

However, at Push to Walk, we had our own version of March Madness going on all month as well. I had the best intentions to write more this past month, but was distracted by some big projects (all good!) and procrastinated, much to my dismay (and that of my Communications Coordinator as well). But I am back!

This picture tells of our amazing client accomplishments and competition with each other to be “on the board.”  Some of these clients don’t even know each other, others do, and the competition has become FIERCE! I hope this gives you a sense of how hard our clients are working, what their goals are, and what they are accomplishing.

Compared to this………basketball is easy!! Let me hear some cheers from the crowd!

Push to Walk Blackboard

Push to Walk Blackboard

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