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Wow, we’ve been open six years!! I’m never sure if I should call this a birthday or an anniversary – according to Webster’s, we fit both definitions. Both are fine, and both express the celebratory nature of recognizing so many accomplishments!

By now, most of you know the story of Push to Walk and the story of my son, Darren and our family. If this is the first time reading my blog, or your first encounter with Push to Walk, please visit the About Us section of our website for more information. A very abbreviated version is that after Darren sustained a spinal cord injury in July 2004, we traveled back and forth to California for an intensive exercise program and subsequently realized that New Jersey needed a program like this. With none around, we started our own. Darren came up with the name, and six years later we are not only sustaining ourselves but growing in several different ways.

Check out this link for some new videos of Darren using the Gait Harness Walker, and take a look at some of our other client videos, too. They are ALL amazing!

With more trainers, more clients, more board members and added administrative staff, we are providing a unique exercise program that is not only focused on people with spinal cord injuries, but now includes traumatic brain injuries, MS and stroke as well. Our trainers continue to educate themselves in these areas of specialty, have started doing research and work together as a team to ensure that our clients receive the best possible workouts every single day. Our board is dedicated to helping Push to Walk expand in a planned and organized fashion, and is embarking on a Strategic Planning Process to help us develop our way forward. Our supporters continue to amaze us with their generosity which is critical to our existence. And our administrative team is behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly.

We thank our clients for putting their trust in us to help them in their journey. Each person is in a different place when they join Push to Walk – physically, emotionally, financially. We develop relationships with them, help them identify goals and work with them to achieve those goals. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and help them succeed.

Thank you to everyone who has helped Push to Walk come so far! Together we are pushing forward and making a difference!


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Working as hard as I do and have done in the past 5 1/2 years to build Push to Walk to what it is today is all a labor of love, for obvious reasons. But we would never have accomplished all that we have, and helped so many people, without the support of others.

I hope the link to the following video can adequately convey some of the feelings of thanks we have each and every day at Push to Walk. But before you see it, I’d like to express some special thanks to our summer video intern, Brandon Lum, for putting this together; my incredible, wonderful staff; my supportive board members; and our dedicated clients for helping us tell our story – THANK YOU one and all!

Our Thank You Video

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!


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Happy Friday Everyone!

There has been so much going on in our gym these days, I just have to share! With the addition of using a portable Empi stimulation unit with clients during workouts, our trainers are finding that a few clients are better able to take steps using the parallel bars and the platform walker. This is so exciting! Here’s a link to our You Tube channel, which has videos of Celso doing just that: http://www.youtube.com/user/pushtowalknj.

While we all know that walking is not the only goal of our clients, and for our clients, it tends to get a lot of publicity, like Patrick Ivison who was injured as a toddler and just walked across the stage to receive his high school diploma. I had the opportunity to meet Patrick and his Mom several years ago, and I am so happy that Patrick achieved this dream of his. Congratulations to him! You can see his video here: http://www.pushtowalknj.org/summer-camp.html

Also, we have a brand new client who had her evaluation today and will start coming twice a week. I am anxious to see her get started, and I know she is excited to do so. During her visit today, the gym was very busy, and her parents had the opportunity to speak with a few different clients about lots of SCI related info. So much better for them to learn from one another than from me!

And plans are progressing very well for our Summer Camp program July 15-21. If you are a current, former or prospective client and want to schedule workouts that week, call or e-mail Stephanie ASAP as the schedule is filling up fast. There are also several events OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE that we are inviting people to as well. Check out the info here:    http://www.pushtowalknj.org/summer-camp.html or e-mail slajam@pushtowalknj.org. There are lots of fun and informative events planned for the week. We hope you’ll join us!

Have a good weekend! Cynthia

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Then what is a VIDEO worth?? A million words? More?? Hard to say, but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jon Schroder for his interest and time to produce a new video for Push to Walk. When asked by a Board Member to help out, Jon willingly offered his energy, talent and vision to help us tell our story, at no charge. We are so ecstatic that Jon agreed to do this, willing to fit a “pro bono” project into a very busy schedule, and getting nothing in return except a big THANK YOU.

As Jon prepared to interview and film me, our staff and our clients, I could sense his interest in our work, his compassion and just a positive feeling about him being a good person. We have found many “good” people in our 5 + years here at Push to Walk, but Jon said something in our initial meeting that summed up the person he is. He said, in so many words, that a project like this “keeps it real” for him.  I could sense that he has achieved success in his profession and has done some great stuff. But being able to help us tell our story – that was meaningful to him.

Thank you, Jon, for taking an interest in Push to Walk and telling our story and that of two clients who live with the challenges of spinal cord injury every day. Thank you for showing us through your direction your care and compassion for our cause. Your entire demeanor was professional yet sensitive. Your conversations made us feel comfortable. I look forward to seeing a finished product, and am confident that the message will be “real” and moving!

If you’ll be coming to our Wine Tasting event on June 14, the video will be shown there for the first time. Please join us!


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I am happy to say we have our first Flip Video Camera back with some footage! Yay! We will be posting some of the clips soon, but I wanted to mention how tricky it really is for people who use wheelchairs to get around, especially in a city. In the suburbs, it is mostly getting in and out of cars, parking spaces, and accessible entrances that prove difficult. In the city, it’s sidewalks, curb cuts, potholes, vehicles and more.

One of our Push to Walk clients filmed an ice cream truck blocking a curb cut and making it difficult to cross the street in his wheelchair. While most of us like to see the ice cream truck – brings to mind summer fun, warm temperatures and a good mood – one blocking accessibility is frustrating and upsetting. Sure, it’s a little thing for those of us who are able-bodied, but when you’re using a wheelchair, even partially blocking an accessible curb cut can bring big problems.

If we could all have a little (or a lot!) more regard for what people using wheelchairs have to deal with on a regular basis, it might make a BIG difference. Think about it next time you are out and about, and see what improvements you can make in your own behavior or help someone else understand how they can help, too. Ignorance is not an excuse for bad behavior, but sometimes it is up to us to point it out and provide some education.

If you have any stories to add to this topic, please let me know. I’d love to share them!


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So you know the slogan “What happens in Vegas……….stays in Vegas,” right? Sometimes I feel like this happens at Push to Walk. What happens here…………stays here. Of course, it’s up to each individual client on what information can be distributed for public viewing, and we respect each person’s wishes. But when something SO wonderful happens, I want to shout from the rooftops! I just can’t help myself.

Check out this video that shows a client who has come to Push to Walk for several years: http://youtu.be/VvjOu9XORNo

She has a C5 injury, sustained in June 2006. I believe this accomplishment is due to her consistent workouts at Push to Walk, the dedication of her trainers in paying attention to what’s going on in her body, and the simple concept of TRYING. It’s not easy for the client or the trainers. Some people might say it’s not practical. But it’s walking! And it’s happening because she has gotten stronger, can support herself better and her muscles are firing. Our philosphy is to stimulate the nervous system and see what happens. Progress may be slow, even non-existent at times, but we all keep working at it.

How wonderful to watch! It’s these kinds of things that make me happy to come to work every day. Wouldn’t you be, too??

Have a great weekend! Cynthia

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I don’t know the statistics, but every day a tremendous number of new videos are posted online. It is mind-boggling once you start looking at something or searching for a particular topic. There are just SO many videos!

Well, I’m hoping Push to Walk can contribute our fair share to this online phenomenon! Through a great website that helps nonprofit organizations buy things at discounted prices (www.techsoup.org), we have purchased 6 Flip cameras. Our goal is to loan these cameras to our Push to Walk staff, clients, family members, etc. who can help us record happenings in their lives that are related to spinal cord injuries. The videos can be anything related to social activities, adaptive sports, accessibility issues (good and bad), special occasions – anything that would be fun, informative and of interest to others (or just of interest to the film-maker!). There are no rules; no right or wrong activities (within reason, of course!).

We already have our own YouTube channel, (www.youtube.com/user/pushtowalknj) but we want to increase the number of videos we post. We hope you’ll want to help us with this new project! Please let us know if you’d like to contribute to this effort for Push to Walk! It should be fun!


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