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I’ve just posted a new topic on Push to Walk’s Family Corner section of our website (click here) that talks about resuming activities and starting new ones after a spinal cord injury. Now that it’s been 10 years since Darren’s injury, he has tried a lot of different things. Some sports and activities had to be modified from how he did them prior to his injury; others were brand new to him. He’s liked some – skiing and wheelchair rugby, for example; and not others (at least not so much) – tennis for one. But he tries new and different things, and that is the important part.

I know I tend to stay in my “comfort zone” when it comes to physical activities and challenges. Setting a goal of completing half and full marathons was difficult on many levels, but not what you would call a risk. At least my feet were touching the ground! Leaving that comfort zone to try new things can be scary. Trying adaptive sports that require modified equipment, helpers, lots of extra time and patience is not always easy – either physically or mentally. But those that do try sometimes find a new outlet for energy, competitiveness, camaraderie and socialization.

I hope you’ll read my website section and maybe you’ll want to try something new or encourage a loved one to do something new – whether it’s sports, art, yoga, or skydiving! Whatever you do, have fun out there!

Cynthia

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Push to Walk’s 3rd Annual Summer Boot Camp is NEXT WEEK! Events start Sunday, July 13 – Saturday, July 19. Come and join the fun!

Please check out the calendar of events HERE.

We offer a variety of events, vendors, products, education, information and FUN for everyone!

The idea behind Summer Boot Camp is to bring current clients, prospective clients, friends, family and YOU, the general public, together!

Some events are held on site at Push to Walk, 6 North Corporate Drive, Riverdale, NJ and some are at other nearby locations. All the details are listed on the calendar linked above.

This is a great way for our clients to meet one another while participating in fun, sporting and social events, to learn from each other, to learn about new products and services and to meet Push to Walk friends and donors. Please join us for our Opening Event, an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 13 at 4 pm with Guest Speaker Dan Monzo, Team USA Paralympic Snowboarder. Other activities include seated yoga, adaptive tennis and trivia night. We will attend Dr. Wise Young’s Open House at Rutgers on Thursday, July 17, as well as host our own Open Houses for visitors and vendors on Tuesday and Thursday.

This is a great way to see Push to Walk in action, and HAVE SOME FUN!

Please register for events by calling 862-200-5848 or emailing Stephanie at slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

Thanks, and hope to see you next week!

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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On Sunday, April 27th, 18 members of Team Push to Walk completed the full, half and half relay as part of the NJ Marathon event in Long Branch. Congratulations to all!

Each team member raised a minimum of $500 which will be used for our Client Scholarship Fund. A special SHOUT OUT to Team Snyder, comprised of Mandi, Bob, Paul, Maureen, Kristie, Mark and Katlyn; clients Lois, Kevin and Tim; and friends/staff including Ken, Karla, Wes, Aimee, Margaret, Matea, Eugene and Sean.

Pushing a handcycle among thousands of runners is a difficult challenge, but Lois found a way and finished 13.1 miles strong! Kevin placed third in the handcycle division of the full marathon, and was flying through the course for his first ever race. His fan club joined him at the finish, sporting matching t-shirts and race flags to congratulate him! Tim trained for the event (and raised a LOT of money!) but was unable to compete that day. He doesn’t want to let his supporters down and plans on riding the entire 13.1 miles in the next few weeks. That is dedication!

Eugene finished first in his age group for the full marathon – way to go! He was running for his cousin, Anthony, a Push to Walk client.

Having completed a few endurance events myself, I know that it takes determination and commitment to even sign up for an event like this. Push to Walk is very grateful to all our team members who not only dedicated themselves to the task, but enlisted support from family and friends to raise money for our clients. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and came to cheer the team on!

As of this writing, we are just a few dollars short of our $30,000 goal. Donations are still being accepted – please help us exceed that amount, enabling people who face financial challenges the opportunity to take advantage of our Push to Walk program. If you’d like to donate, click here. Thank you!

Cynthia

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Happy Friday everyone!

Sunday is the big day for Team Push to Walk and the thousands of runners participating in the events related to the NJ Marathon on Sunday. Yes, only 2 days away! We have hand cyclists and runners entered in all three events: the full marathon, half marathon and half marathon relay.

I know what it takes to commit yourself to a goal, dedicate time and energy, and the feeling of accomplishment in reaching it. I am running and cycling with each one of you in spirit! I admire your dedication and am especially grateful to our Team Push to Walk members for raising funds for our Client Scholarship Fund.

We are oh so close to reaching our goal of raising $30,000 this year as I write this blogpost. YOUR donation can help us reach that goal or EXCEED it. That would be AWESOME! Click here to donate to our Team or an individual member.

If you are in the Long Branch area or surrounding towns (check out the event site for spectator locations), come and cheer our Team members on!

Thanks, and have a great weekend! Go Team, go!!! See you at the finish line!

Cynthia

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Happy Monday! I hope anyone who experienced the snow this weekend is safe and sound! Back to the twelve days…..

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me………five golden rings! Since 2014 will be an Olympic year, I thought I’d tie the five golden rings to the five colorful rings that are the symbol of the Olympic games.

On February 7-23, athletes from all over the world will compete for their country’s highest prizes – Olympic medals. I always love the “up close and personal” segments to find out more about the athletes themselves, their families and lives. If there’s any TV coverage at all, I’d love to do the same for the Paralympics, which take place from March 7 -16. Past coverage has been little to none of the Paralympics, but I am sure there are equally interesting and inspiring stories about these athletes as well (if not even more so).

At Push to Walk, we like to treat our clients like athletes. Repetitions, challenges, hard work and dedication are just a few of the qualities that define both our clients and Olympic/Paralympic athletes. Setting goals and working hard day after day, week after week, month after month. While the Olympic athletes have to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals, Paralympic athletes and our clients share the challenges that every day living poses to them every minute. Paralysis, loss of bladder and bowel functions, inability to regulate body temperatures, etc. The list is a long one.

Please cheer for ALL the athletes I am referring to! And if you’d like to make a contribution to support our Push to Walk athletes and help them reach their goals, please visit our website at www.pushtowalknj.org to make a contribution. Our slogan: A Little Push Goes a Long Way seems very fitting to today’s post. Thanks for reading!

Cynthia

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I am so excited to pass along this link! A video about my son Darren’s story and the reason we founded Push to Walk was recently produced and is featured on CNN.com. Check it out!

CNN Stories Worth Watching: Paralyzed Adventurer Moves Forward

Many thanks to our Board Chairman Ralph Rathyen for initiating contact with Sarah Galus Esteves at CNN and her commitment to bring it through the process for story development. Thank you to Sarah, Holly Firfer and the entire team for bringing our story to the public!

Please share with others through email, Facebook, etc.  Help us spread the word!

Enjoy the weekend! Cynthia

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