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Hello Everyone!

The quote from William Butler Yeats “there are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met” came to mind when I had the pleasure of meeting Tobin Osusky for the first time last week. How have we not met before?? But after meeting him, it seems like I’ve known him a long time. Thank you to a mutual connection for introducing us to each other!

Tobin survived a horrific car accident, overcoming many many challenges that tested his physical, mental and spiritual limits. He found a way to stretch those limits, go beyond them and achieve goals others thought he’d never make. But any doubts from others seemed to super-charge his resolve, and because of his accomplishments, he is now giving back to others.

Tobin’s story can be found here, on the website of his gym and personal training studio, Temple Qinesis in Pompton Lakes, NJ at  https://www.templeqinesis.com/teamtq/

I really like the synergy between Tobin’s mission in life and Push to Walk. Especially the mindfulness component which is so vital to the training at Push to Walk and the clients we serve. Our trainers strive to incorporate mindfulness and visualization into the physical aspects of each workout, much like Tobin does with his clients.

According to Temple Qinesis’ website, it says “Our program teaches an integration of mind, biomechanics, emotions, nutrition and life-force energy.” Sounds pretty awesome to me, and an approach I’d like to follow myself! Read more at https://www.templeqinesis.com/about/.

For those of you who are familiar with Push to Walk’s philosophy, program and trainers, I am sure you will see the connection between us and Tobin. Hopefully you will witness some type of partnership in the near future between our respective organizations, all to benefit not only more people, but to affect those we do work with even more deeply.

Thank you, Tobin, and I look forward to a successful collaboration of some sort in the future!

Cynthia

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With more beautiful weather for running outside, I was able to run a bit faster, running some intervals to increase my overall time. I’m not sure it will work in the actual event, but worth a try! It also makes the run more interesting, and some would say, less boring. But I am never bored when I run. I have so much going on in my head!

I don’t listen to music when I run. I can’t stand anything in my ears (that’s a whole story by itself!). But I do keep tunes in my head! A song I like to sing to myself is “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross. I change “ride” to “run” to be more meaningful! Now if only I could run just a bit faster as I sing to myself.

If you have songs that will help me increase my pace and go a little faster, please let me know. I need some new ones to keep in my head!

Please support Team Push to Walk in the NJ Marathon on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Long Branch, NJ. Our team members are running the half relay (about 6.5 miles), the half marathon or the full marathon. Each of us is raising a minimum of $500 to help Push to Walk clients reach their goals. Your donations will help us continue to help those with paralysis live more independently and live a higher quality of life. Please link to my personal fund raising page to read my story!

https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/PushtoWalk/2017/individual.do?participationRef=884.0.307203085

Thank you!

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Running gives me time to think, clear my head, focus on something (or not!), and sometimes even gives me creative ideas. So I thought – why not write blog posts again?? Here’s to resurrecting my blog, the first entry in a long time!

Many of you already know that I retired at the end of 2016 from the day to day responsibilities at Push to Walk. While I continue to be involved and work with both the staff and the board, I can make my own schedule and do things on my own time.

However, on my visits back to our awesome new location in Oakland, NJ, I continue to interact with the clients and family members. Our clients face challenges every single day, a lot that we don’t see and most that we can’t even imagine. Every day, I know they all “push harder” because they have to. So that is my theme this week – week 5 – of my half marathon training program “Marathoning for Mortals.”

Each week, I have 3 days of running, 2 days of cross training and 2 rest days. One of my rest days usually includes tennis, but not every week. This past week, I really did not feel it was a rest day at all – it was a real workout, and fun, too!

As I think about the goal to “push harder,” I think about our clients, their families and loved ones, their communities and support systems. My mind wanders to the actual pushing of their own wheelchairs, family members who need to push their loved ones, and how this takes a toll on their bodies. But is a basic necessity of living life in a wheelchair. I also think about how our clients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, MS and CP “push” themselves to reach their goals. Whether it’s the number of reps or the amount of weight needed for an exercise, or it’s walking a number of steps or a certain distance, the challenges are many. All of our trainers push our clients to do their best, set goals, work towards those goals and celebrate success.

In fact, I think it was these very thoughts that helped Darren come up with the name Push to Walk in the first place! If my training program can help me stay focused on reaching my goals, reminding me of our clients and their challenges and successes, I will be a better runner and a better person for my efforts. Help me “push harder” this week by letting me know you are with me on this journey! Thank you!

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Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope 2015 brings health, happiness and joy to your lives!

Yesterday was the actual day of Push to Walk’s 8th anniversary!! Wow! When I look back to all that has happened in 8 years, it is hard to comprehend it all. As a still young but growing organization, I believe we have a great combination of motivated clients, dedicated staff, active Board members and committee volunteers, and generous donors.  All of these groups contribute to the sustainability and growth of Push to Walk, of which I am very proud. So many people have contributed to our success, and I am grateful to each and every one of you, for whatever it is you have helped us with (more people than I can count; more things than I can remember!).

As a nonprofit entity providing a very valuable (and otherwise not available) service to our clients and their families, friends and others with paralysis, it is sometimes forgotten that we must run as an efficient business as well. I am trying to focus on this aspect of the business in 2015, always keeping in mind that first and foremost we are a mission-driven, people-based organization. We exist to provide the highest quality of service, 100% of the time, to help our clients reach their goals and live a higher quality of life.

With your support, we will continue this pursuit of excellence, continue to grow as an organization and as individuals, and continue our quest to help so many people on their journeys in life that have connected us. Thank you for believing in us, and “pushing” with us!

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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The Abilities Expo is today, tomorrow and Sunday (Friday, May 2 – Sunday, May 4) at the NJ Convention & Expo Center @ Raritan, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837. Come visit us at Booth #808!

One of the reasons I love this Expo is because it truly does center on abilities. What people CAN do, what products can help them live life to the fullest. In addition to vendors with products and services, many nonprofits are there which provide valuable information, all kinds of accessible vehicles and lots of adapted sports equipment and activities.

There is also a full schedule of presentations in adjoining meeting rooms and a schedule of demonstrations like wheelchair dancing and quad rugby. The full schedule of events can be reviewed by clicking HERE.

Go and spend a few hours – I am sure you will find it worthwhile!

P.S. Don’t forget to keep voting EVERY DAY for Push to Walk to win a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant. Click here to vote for us!

Thanks, and enjoy the weekend! Cynthia

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Here’s the second installation (which includes parts 2 and 3 from the Social Security Administration blogger) of Social Security Benefits information that I hope you find helpful:

Step 2: Medical Qualification

 In addition to meeting the income and work-related requirements explained above, all applicants will have to meet certain medical requirements. These medical requirements are listed in the SSA’s guide of qualifying conditions, known as the Blue Book.  The Blue Book is broken into many different sections—each pertaining to a specific condition or group of conditions.

Spinal cord injuries are listed under section 1.04—Disorders of the Spine. The requirements of this listing are as follows:  Applicants must have an injury that causes compromise of a nerve root with:

  • Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by pain, limited motion of the spine, motor loss, and sensory or reflex loss; OR
  • Spinal arachnoiditis confirmed using appropriate medical records; OR
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis.

It is important that you review this listing in its entirety. If you do not understand the terminology used, it may be in your best interest to schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she will be able to explain the criteria to you and can perform the tests necessary to prove your eligibility. If you do not meet this listing, you may be eligible for disability benefits under a medical vocational allowance. This means that the SSA will evaluate your functional abilities, your previous job training, and your age to determine whether or not you are capable of holding a job. If they determine that you cannot work, it is likely that your application for disability benefits will be approved.

Step 3: Preparing for the Application

You will need to prepare by for the application process by collecting the necessary medical and financial records to prove your eligibility. Without this information your claim may potentially be delayed or even denied. Medical records should include:

  • Documentation of your diagnosis
  • A history of hospitalizations and treatments
  • Medical images- X-ray, CT, MRI
  • Surgical reports
  • Written statements from any treating physicians

Non-medical documentation will include forms of identification, financial information, and employment records. To view a complete list of non-medical requirements, visit the SSA’s Adult Disability Interview Checklist.

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