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Hello Everyone,

I’ve written about Boyd Melson in prior posts, and we’ve shared his story in Facebook postings as well. In summary, Boyd is a professional boxer and donates all of his purse winnings to Just A Dollar Please in order to bring spinal cord injury clinical trials to the United States. Boyd’s best friend, Christan, is a long time Push to Walk client, and our relationship with him started many years ago.

Boyd’s next fight is coming up on Wednesday, December 4 at BB King’s in New York City. Again, he will donate his winnings to Dr. Wise Young and the clinical trials. You can buy tickets (if there’s any still available) at www.teamfighttowalk.com. But my blog today is really about Boyd coming to Push to Walk and working out with our clients. Under the program “The Mission Continues,” Boyd is working with Drs. Patricia Morton and Wise Young on a spinal cord injury exercise program and walking. When Boyd is at Push to Walk, he has his boxing gloves and gets the clients to throw punches, block punches and keep themselves upright. With his constant banter, encouragement, smile and laughter, he has these clients working HARD!

Here’s a video clip that says it all. Let’s just say I got as much enjoyment out of watching this taking place as I’m sure the participants had actually doing it. Only thing is, I’m not sore or tired afterwards. I only had to hold the camera! 🙂

Enjoy watching, and please support Boyd’s next fight and justadollarplease.org! 

Thank you! Cynthia

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With Valentine’s Day upon us, it was fitting that the New York Spinal Cord Injury Association chose to show some love and honor two very special people: Boyd Melson and Dr. Adam Stein. At Slate in New York City, a Mardi Gras fund raiser was held last night, and according to one attendee I spoke with, it was a lot of fun!

Their guest of honor was Adam B. Stein, M.D., Chairman Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine-The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.  Dr. Stein  received the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of his many achievements in the field of rehabilitation medicine and unfailing support of the SCI community.

Special Guest and MVP (Most Valuable Philanthropist) Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson – professional boxer and founder of Team Fight to Walk was honored for his generous support of SCI research and the quest for a cure.

I am honored to know both of these people, and recognize how valuable their contributions to the SCI community are. Thank you for all you do!

NYCSCIA is run entirely by volunteers, ensuring that all donations go toward funding programs and services that directly benefit people with spinal cord injuries.

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Boyd Melson, representing Team Fight to Walk, will be boxing at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday, August 2. Boyd donates 100% of all winnings in the ring to Dr. Wise Young who is working tirelessly to bring clinical trials for spinal cord injuries to the U.S. You can order tickets for the fight here: www.teamfighttowalk.com. Come out and support a true champion for SCI, one who is literally fighting for all those with spinal cord injuries.

In support of Dr. Wise Young’s work, a few videos have been released by Boyd and his Team Fight to Walk Co-Founder, Christan Zaccagnino. Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSS7fuJa61U&feature=youtube_gdata_player and also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HeuxO6VJFY&feature=relmfu. These relay their message much better than I ever could!

Support Boyd, support Just a Dollar Please (www.justadollarplease.org) and support the quest for a cure for spinal cord injuries! We ARE all in this together!

Cynthia

 

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I can’t pass up this opportunity to wish my wonderful husband a VERY Happy Birthday! I hope it is a wonderful day!

We’ll be celebrating by having dinner at Havana Central in NYC, then going to BB King’s for Boyd Melson’s boxing match. This will be a tough fight for Boyd (8-0 now) but we are confident that his training and experience will help him win. Go, Boyd! We’ll be cheering you on!

Boyd is an extremely caring and compassionate person, donating ALL of his winnings to date to Dr. Wise Young and Clinical Trials for spinal cord injury. He is literally “fighting for a cure.” I’ll be sure to let you know in a future blog post how he did tonight. Or you can check his website: www.teamfighttowalk.com.

Enjoy the day, Cynthia

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In a unanimous decision Saturday night at the Roseland Ballroom, Boyd Melson beat Shawn Williams, improving his record to 8-0. I’m not a huge fan of boxing, but I do enjoy watching Boyd. Knowing that he is so passionate about raising money for SCI Clinical Trials in the U.S. makes me a huge fan! At times I feel like his mother, worrying about him getting hurt; at other times I am rooting for him to knock out his opponent. I pretty much hold my breath during each round!

Boyd donates all of his winnings to Dr. Wise Young at the Rutgers SCI Project, has formed Team Fight to Walk, and has enlisted the help of other boxers to support the cause.

Check out his website: www.teamfighttowalk.com and www.boydmelson.com. Boyd is a special kind of person, and I am glad to know him!

Roseland Ballroom, Jan 21, 2012

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Last night, Wednesday, February 9, 2011, Boyd Melson fought his second pro boxing match, and won! Some people might not give this much thought, since Boyd is now just 2-0 in his career. But Boyd is fighting for so much. All of the proceeds from his fights will be donated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Why? Because Boyd’s dear friend, Christan, sustained a spinal cord injury more than 15 years ago. Boyd has been by her side, researching treatments and therapies, accompanying her to places near and far so she can do whatever it takes to live a higher quality of life. He wants to find a cure for spinal cord injury, and he’s willing to fight for it – literally.

Boyd has decided to donate his winings to Dr. Wise Young at the W.M. Keck Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Young is one the most prominent and respected scientists in spinal cord injury in the world. The fact that he is right here in NJ is amazing! He is trying to get clinical studies started here in the U.S. and has started a website called www.justadollarplease.org. The amount of money that needs to be raised is a staggering figure, but if each person gave just one dollar, just think how much this would help!

I have had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Boyd when he accompanied Christan to her workouts at Push to Walk. As a former West Point cadet, Boyd is one of the most polite men I know. And he gives great hugs – the bone crushing type! No wonder he’s a menace in the boxing ring! I have also had the pleasure of meeting several of Christan’s family members, and it is no wonder she is the strong, vibrant, energetic woman she is. But that’s a whole ‘nother blog topic!

Check out Boyd’s website at www.boydmelson.com and see why he’s called “the Rainmaker.” Next fight – March 12 at the Foxwoods. See you there!

As soon as I figure out how, I’ll upload some of my photos from last night’s fight onto our Push to Walk facebook page.

Cynthia

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