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Hello Everyone,

I have been running and training for the past 11+ weeks to be ready for the April 26th Half Marathon in Long Branch, NJ. Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far with your motivational comments, compliments and donations! Every single message I receive helps keep me going!

When I was about halfway through my training, I added up all the miles I had been running (mostly on the treadmill) and biking on my stationary bike. I needed to see just how many miles I had covered. I was surprised but pleased to see I had run almost 95 miles and biked almost 170! That number has increased now, since it’s been a few weeks ago I added everything up. I’m also pleased to report that my body has been holding up pretty well, too!

This past Saturday I ran 10 miles at the shore. The temperature was nice and the sun was shining but it was really windy. Good training, I figured, since it is often windy on the course I’ll be running. Halfway through I felt really good, and at the end (with the wind at my back, thankfully!) I practically flew toward my house! I felt good, strong and optimistic that I could do 13 miles in three weeks from now.

As I think about these final weeks of training, I am motivated by the Push to Walk clients I’ll be running for. As most of you know, Push to Walk provides specialized exercise workouts to people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, MS and stroke. Often, the biggest obstacle a person encounters when finding a program like ours is the cost. While we are not “expensive” compared to other programs and therapies, the cost is prohibitive to many people. So I am running to raise funds for so many clients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford what Push to Walk offers: the opportunity to live a higher quality of life by becoming stronger, healthier and more independent. Please check out the link to my fundraising page, and consider making a donation of any amount that will help people take advantage of our program. They are committed and dedicated to working hard and staying strong and healthy – will you help them???

Thanking you in advance for your encouragement and support. Together, we can make a difference!

Link to my fund raising page for the Long Branch Half Marathon on April 26, 2015.

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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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Hello Everyone and Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend AND remembered exactly what we celebrate on July 4th. If not for the brave heroes who often gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I might not be sitting here today. I might not be doing the work I am doing, writing what I want to write, and enjoying the countless freedoms we enjoy every day of our lives. While originally designated to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, I think it’s also an annual celebration of being a free country.

Our Armed Forces continue to make sacrifices each and every day to fight for those freedoms, leaving behind parents, spouses and children – and too many never return. I am thankful to all those I know who have served our Country, and the many more I have not nor ever will meet……..I hope the celebrations we all enjoyed at least show some measure of respect for the true heroes who have given us freedom and continue to fight each and every day. THANK YOU for your service and sacrifices for all of us.

Fighting for Freedom

Fighting for Freedom

As I think about soldiers and veterans who have suffered catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, I only hope that Push to Walk can be of some service to them in return. Trying to put together a program for Veterans and find funding for the people who have served our country is a priority for us, and yet we can’t seem to put the right pieces of the puzzle together yet. Be assured we are working on this idea, as we know so many returning soldiers need the specialized program we provide, and we want to be able to offer it to them. If you have any ideas on individuals or organizations who might want to partner with Push to Walk in this effort, please let me know.

For the 364 days in between July 4th holidays, let’s not forget the brave men and women who represent the true meaning behind the holiday.

Cynthia

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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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On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me……….eight merry Santas!

From a generic or commercial (not religious) point of view, what is more symbolic of Christmas than Santa? Kids go from being deathfully afraid of the jolly old man, to believing him and wanting to be good so as to get a lot of presents,  to not believing and feeling their parents have “lied” to them all along, to adults understanding the symbolism. What a journey!

When I see Santa at a mall, with kids (sometimes happy, sometimes not so much!) taking pictures, on a street corner or shopping center ringing a bell, or just seeing someone who has a remarkable resemblance to the “real” one, I always feel a little bit of joy and happiness. I think of all the good that comes from those who enjoy dressing as Santa and bringing cheer to kids and people in general. Whether it’s family or friends gathering, a visit to a hospital, delivering “Toys for Tots” or driving through town on the fire truck, Santa brings smiles and goodwill.

Whether the name is Santa Claus, Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, the image brings to mind a deep HO, HO, HO and Merry Christmas!

I hope all of us at Push to Walk can bring cheer and goodwill to all those we serve. Whether its a person with a spinal cord injury, MS, brain injury or stroke, their family and friends, or those who need information and guidance, I hope we can all be “Santa” in your lives. We just won’t all be dressing alike any time soon!

Cynthia

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Push to Walk’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing is right around the corner, on Monday, September 23rd at The Knoll West in Parsippany, NJ. If you haven’t registered to play, and still want to, REGISTER NOW at (Golf Outing Registration Sitebecause it’s almost sold out! That is the good news!

But as anyone knows who has been involved with events like this, it takes a lot more to make a successful event. First, we are truly appreciative all of our golfers, many of whom have played year after year, bring new friends into our circle and are generous supporters. Second, our sponsors, also many of whom have supported us every year since the beginning. Like Lakeland Bank, Millennium Technologies, Psion Teklogix (now Psion Motorola Solutions), Bielski & Bielski, and Rentalift (aplogies to any I’ve forgotten). Third, our Golf Committee and Board Members who donate their time, energy and funds to make it all happen.

Even with this help, we still need more! If you have any type of goods, service or gift certificate that can be used as a golf prize, silent auction or live auction item, we are in need!!!

Our Annual Golf Outing is our largest, most important fund raiser of the year for operational expenses.  Client fees of $85/hr only cover 65% of the cost to provide that service. Yes, it costs us $130 to provide every hour of specialized exercise to our clients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, MS and other forms of paralysis. If you can help us help those who need our services – and we are the ONLY place in the entire NY/NJ areas to provide this – please give us a call at 862-200-5848!!

Thank you for your support!    Cynthia

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I can’t say it’s my favorite holiday as I also really love Christmas, but it is a very close second! Lots of food, family, friends and all in the name of giving THANKS for what we have, who we are, and what we do. I am grateful for all these things and more, every day, but with a day to celebrate thanks, it is that much more special.

I am a big believer in things being “relative.” Yes, there are things in my life that are not perfect – I think we can all say that to some extent. But whatever I have going on may be worse than some, but not so bad compared to others. When people complain about “little things” I really, really try to see things from their point of view. Sometimes their complaints are valid, and present real difficulties. But other times I just want to say “really? REALLY???” Oh, they just have no idea………..

And I’m not just talking about my world as related to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, MS and other neurological conditions. I see friends struggling with major illnesses, children with severe problems, catastrophic losses from Hurricane Sandy – the list goes on and on. Those are the REAL problems.

So this Thanksgiving, I’d like to express my gratitude to all those in my life who contribute to who I am, what I do and what I have.  I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers and everyone in my Push to Walk family, far and wide. Thank you for being part of my life!

I wish all of you and your loved ones a wonderful, thankful Thanksgiving holiday! May it be a day of joy and celebration, but also recognize  others who are struggling and may need our help and support. I hope this holiday brings out the best in all of us, and that we help each other.

Love Cynthia

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