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Archive for November, 2014

Hello Everyone,

There is so much I am thankful for this Thanksgiving and every day:

My family, friends and the safe and supportive community of Kinnelon in which I live;

Our Push to Walk family of board members, volunteers, interns, donors, friends and the community of Riverdale in which we reside;

A special shout -out to our Push to Walk staff: Anthony, Chris, Cory, Christine, Hope, Isaak, Jackie, Josh, Juan, Kendra, Matt, Nick,

Sandra, Stephanie, Tiffany, and Tommy. All of you give of yourselves every single day to help our clients improve their lives, and I am so proud and thankful to have each one of you as part of our Push to Walk family. I know you are passionate about your work and this is not just a “job” to any of you;

A second special shout-out to our clients who put their trust in us for every single workout. Your dedication and commitment to working hard and making progress is obvious in each push on the Total Gym, every exercise on the mat, each step that is taken and more that is accomplished every day. Thank you for choosing Push to Walk to help you in your journey.

From our family to yours – I wish you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

Cynthia

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You know that saying, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,” well I am embarking on another journey – another half marathon! I am joining Team Push to Walk in the Long Branch Half Marathon on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Join me on “Templeton’s Team – Push to Run” and help me raise awareness and funds for Push to Walk!

I will be running each of the 13.1 miles for someone with a spinal cord injury, brain injury or MS. If you would like to join my team in either person or spirit, and help even more people, please let me know! As soon as I have my site up to organize everything online, I will put out the info.

WHO’S IN????

Cynthia

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Happy Wednesday!

I am SO happy to tell you that I have FINALLY completed all of the topics on my list to share with you in our Family Corner section of our website. While this information has been 10 years in the making, I do hope it is relevant and helpful to anyone going through the experience of sustaining a spinal cord injury – whether it is the person themselves, friends, family, loved ones, etc. Some of these topics required me to think back and re-live certain situations I would rather forget. Others enabled me to review what we had been through and try to provide others with information and knowledge. Most of them brought on powerful emotions which are usually just beneath the surface of my (hopefully) cool, calm and collected self. Many people I have met on this journey have told me how helpful my writings have been to them. Together with the emails in the “One Family’s Personal Story” section , I hope I have provided a glimpse into our lives that lets you know you are not alone. There are others that understand; there are others struggling with the same kind of challenges. One Mom told me that when she reached the end of my emails, she was hoping there was more. When she had read them all, she went back to the beginning and read them again. Re-reading them later, as she was dealing with changes in her daughter’s situation, she gleaned different things from them than the first time around.

While I generally find writing of this sort to be a healing process and a healthy outlet, it can also be emotionally draining. It’s not easy to re-live all the details of the early days, weeks and months. But in doing so, I hope I can help others, and that is a reward greater than the task. If I can help you with anything related to spinal cord injury that you or a loved one is going through, please email me at ctempleton@pushtowalknj.org. It’s all about helping one another, and paying it forward.

Cynthia

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