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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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My heart is in Boston today, as I think about the Marathon last year and the tragic events that resulted in people dying, losing limbs, suffering brain injuries and more. I think about the runners, the spectators and the first responders. People who were called upon to act and save others. People who lost their friends and family members. Tragedy abounds. But through the tragedy, the Boston spirit has survived, pulling others through the most difficult and unimaginable days they have encountered.

It almost seems like an afterthought that today’s event is about the 36,000 participants who have trained, sacrificed, and devoted themselves to their goal of completing 26.2 miles through the streets of Boston and surrounding towns. It is just so much more this year. These 36,000 people are running for all of us – for freedom, for strength, for resiliency. For each other. For those who were killed and injured. For those who perhaps witnessed the events and have never recovered emotionally. Thank you for running this year.

In some of the media coverage, I have seen pictures of people who have lost limbs and who are using wheelchairs. There are probably spinal cord injuries and brain injuries among them. Having connections to others (including my own son) who has a spinal cord injury, my heart hurts for what they are facing. But my heart also knows there will be better times ahead. None of it will be easy; most of it will be filled with challenges, fear and uncertainty. May we all be BOSTON STRONG and help those in need, even if it’s just in spirit, thoughts and prayers.

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Happy New Year and Happy Wednesday! We have had a major snow storm here in the northeast, so if you have been affected by it, I hope you are all safe. Stay warm as the forecast is for really cold temperatures!

Push to Walk has been really busy, and several of our new inquiries and clients are people with brain injuries. We have found that with some adaptations, our exercise programs and methods used with people who have spinal cord injuries are beneficial to people with brain injuries as well.

As a staff, we are committed to educating ourselves in this area so we may offer information and resources to individuals and families living with a brain injury. One such resource is TBI News & Views , a printed newsletter published by the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brian Injury System. It is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is a collaborative effort among Kessler Foundation and several medial centers in New Jersey.

The cover story about a young woman’s goal of achieving independence after a brain injury very helpful and informative. Articles and recaps of research and conferences (one of which I attended) were also very interesting. I suggest checking out the newsletter and Kessler Foundation website.

If you know of someone with a brain injury that this information might help, please pass this along.

Cynthia

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