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Summer Boot Camp Week Progressing!

Happy Summer! Of course, now everyone is complaining about the heat, but it doesn’t seem so long ago that the complaints were about the cold and rain…………I hope you are enjoying the warm weather, and staying cool when needed!

Summer Camp started off on Sunday with a fun Ice Cream Social and guest speaker, our very own “Push Girl” Christan Zaccagnino. We are very grateful to Curly’s in Riverdale for donating their delicious chocolate and vanilla ice cream for all to enjoy. I’d like to thank so many our staff members, clients, friends and family members for coming out!

Monday evening was devoted to art and yoga, and I’d like to thank Laurie Kammer and David McCauley from Rise Up Gallery for donating materials and providing inspiration for the art workshop, as well as Nancy Witters and Kula for Karma for providing a great yoga experience.

Our first Open House this week brought several vendors, visitors and prospective clients to Push to Walk on Tuesday. The place was busy! With demos of the Re-Walk, and the Standing Company wheelchair, we learned a lot about these products, and also had the Morph Wheel, Coloplast and Drivemaster here with samples and information. Lunch and sno-cones topped off the day!

A Wheelchair Rugby exhibition was held on Tuesday evening at the Wayne YMCA, and a few members from the Warriors Rugby Team demonstrated the game to clients and staff members. Many thanks to the YMCA for allowing us to use their gym!

Tonight, Wednesday, lots of people have already signed up to meet at Hooters in Wayne for Trivia Night. We have a large group, and last year was so much fun, I am looking forward to a great night tonight!

UPCOMING:

Thursday is our second Open House and will be held from 9:30 am – 3 pm. We’ll have more demos, including Matt Courson and the Restorative Therapies RT-200, an exciting new piece of “hybrid” equipment that combines an arm and leg workout in a seated elliptical machine.  Come and visit us! Invite others who might want to check us out!

On Thursday evening, we will be traveling to The W.M. Keck Center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to hear Dr. Wise Young speak about the SCI Clinical Trials and results coming from China, and his plans for U.S. clinical trials. Other speakers and vendors will be present as well. Tours of the Lab start at 5 pm and the presentations start at 6 pm. Please call or e-mail Stephanie for more info: 862-200-5848 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

Join us for a Sled Hockey demonstration put on by the New Jersey Freeze at Floyd Hall Arena from 10:30 am until 12 noon.  The Arena is located on the campus of Montclair University and their GPS address is 28 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ.

While we are all busy enjoying the Summer Camp activities, I’d like to recognize Stephanie Lajam, our Communications and Special Events Coordinator for doing an OUTSTANDING job of arranging the week’s events. She has secured lunch donations for the whole week, scheduled many vendors, and worked out all venue details. THANK YOU, Stephanie, for all of your hard work!! Thanks also to our staff members for participating in so many activities, especially after putting in long days and many hours of training. A special shout out to Tommy Sutor, our Program Director, for managing the client schedules this week.

Thanks to our clients and family members for joining us; I hope everyone has enjoyed the week so far!

REMINDER – We do have Macy’s 25% coupons for sale for $5.00 each, good at any Macy’s store on Saturday, August 24. Buy some today!!! Share with family, friends and co-workers!!

Thanks for reading! Cynthia

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Hello Everyone,

I know I’ve been out of touch for quite awhile, caught up in busy days and never enough time to do everything I want to…….

The last few weeks have been tough, but this morning, Frank Sinatra’s words found their way into my head, and I knew it was a sign to write a blogpost!

With a computer hard drive crash, a big project getting derailed and my son not feeling well (always a concern of us Moms!), I was frustrated, disappointed and not feeling so optimistic. But here’s the thing – I’ve got to keep going! These things are all pretty small in the big picture; I just have to convince myself to keep a reasonable perspective and get on with life. So perhaps reading, typing and re-reading these words will help me – and maybe even you, too, if you are dealing with something difficult in your life:

I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing

Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life
(That’s life)

Here’s to a better day RIGHT NOW!

Cynthia

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I want to wish all the mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday! I hope you enjoy precious time with your families, and if you are not near hopefully you can celebrate with a phone call, video chat or Skype session. Oh, the joys of technology to keep us connected! Hopefully this is one time where you can use it for a celebration, not job or work related!

While I do think some holidays are over commercialized, including this one to some extent, I do enjoy Mother’s Day. We mothers are special! Who does all the things we do?? And I love (almost!) every minute of it!

To all the mothers, especially those with challenges of children who have special needs and disabilities – THANK YOU for all you do! Enjoy your special day and celebrate the love you have for your children, and treasure the love they have for you.

Cynthia

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Along with so many of you, I have been watching and listening to hours of coverage about the bombs that were set off at the Boston Marathon. The terror that ensued, the deaths and injuries, the heroic acts of kindness – all of it in my head and leading to so many questions. I would venture a guess that all of us have been in a situation where large numbers of people have gathered with no way to secure our safety. Furthermore, many of us have been specifically at marathons, either on the course or at the finish fine. More thoughts, more questions, more fear………..

But today I wanted to write about an interview I saw on TV with the staff of the Forum Restaurant, the site of the second bomb that was set off in Boston. With sidewalk seating, many patrons were outside, craning their necks to see what the noise was created by the first bomb when the second one went off right where they were. People ran into the restaurant, through the back and out of harm’s way. But the staff ran to the front and started helping people. When the newscaster asked if they saw themselves as “heroes,” all of them shook their heads no…….but I believe it was the Manager who said “we were in the wrong place at the wrong time but we did the right thing.” Those words have stayed with me; I found them very moving and powerful.

I have asked myself many times since hearing those words – would I have done the same thing? The “right thing?” It is one thing to help someone in need when no other threat is present. I am sure I could do that. An act of kindness, a lending hand – sure. But now two bombs had gone off; might there not be more? Yet these people, and so many more, helped those that were injured, seeing unthinkable sights, and they saved people’s lives. They all put their own lives in danger to save others.

These actions shout out the word HERO loud and clear. I only hope I would do the same if faced with the same circumstances. Would you???

Cynthia

P.S. Watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams show tonight at 10 pm for a mother/daughter survival story from the bombings. I saw a preview this morning……

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Dear Friends,

As 2012 comes to a close, I am looking back on a year filled with many memorable events: some happy, some sad; some positive, some negative. I guess the same is true for any given year, and probably any given person. Of course, most present in my mind are the most recent occurrences of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Each was so different, but the profound effects of the loss of life, especially children, seems way more overwhelming than the destruction of property. I also know there were lives lost in Sandy as well, and I do not mean to diminish those losses by any means. They are real and profound as well. Sadness seems to engulf us from one month to the next, and for those directly and even indirectly affected, healing will take a very long time.

As I reflect on 2012, despite sadness and losses, I try to dwell on the positive. In reviewing the year’s events, I hope I learn about myself and how I handled various situations. What could I have done or said differently that could have made a difference? Did I treat everyone as I would want to be treated myself?  Did I live my days of 2012 in the best way possible? Was I the best person I could have been? These are questions I can only answer myself.

As I prepare for 2013, I want to think about all the questions I asked above and plan for a better year ahead. I am proud of my personal accomplishments and for those associated with Push to Walk. But of course, there is so much more we all want to do in the year ahead! As a staff and organization, we are committed to expanding our program, serving more clients and seeing more progress. We have come all this way because of our friends and supporters, and together, we look to a bright and successful 2013.

Happy holidays to everyone, and have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for being a part of this wonderful journey we are all on together.

Sincerely, Cynthia

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Riding my exercise bike this morning, I was watching the news as usual and was so happy to see a story about a flash mob that gathered in a store parking lot to collect money for a family in need. It just spoke volumes about how generous people really are, and how collectively, we can all make a difference to others. Reminds me of the old favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which I watched for the very first time just last year! I loved that story – who doesn’t?

So along those lines of spreading the Christmas spirit and being thankful for all those who have helped me, my family and Push to Walk, I would now like to mention other people and organizations who are near and dear to my heart and share how thankful I am to them:

Bob Parker and NewBridge (www.newbridge.org), a local non profit which helps bring balance to people’s lives through counseling, housing and education for children, adults and seniors. Besides having my own ties to them for many, many years, their nurse and social worker helped my Mother and provided some much needed services when she was living alone.

Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, a new favorite since being immersed in the world of spinal cord injury, is a wonderful group of people dedicated to uniting and empowering the international spinal cord injury community to cure paralysis through advocacy, education and support for research. Marilyn Smith and her team have worked tirelessly to make progress in all of these areas and continues to provide a voice for all of us in search of a cure. Thank you! (www.u2fp.org)

Another favorite local non profit is the Community Soup Kitchen (www.cskmorristown.org) who provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe, and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked along with assistance in accessing community resources, services, and educational programs. Carol Kennedy has been involved with this organization for many years and they meet an ever increasing need for these types of services.

Some SCI favorite resources: The Kessler Foundation, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, SCI Sucks, Spinalpedia and  FacingDisability.com. Check out these links and take advantage of the information and services they provide. Perhaps they will become some of your favorites in the future!

Enjoy the weekend, and I hope you look forward to the holidays with as much love and joy in your hearts as I do!

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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