Posts Tagged ‘Jack O’Lantern Jamboree’

Happy Friday!

First, a shout-out to the Kinnelon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and their advisor Anna Ellington for supporting Push to Walk and raising $600 for us through their help with the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree held last October. Thank you for all of your energy and enthusiasm!

For the next several Fridays, my blog post will be tied to new content we’ve added to the Family Corner section of our website. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve added new information to that part of our site, but I have committed to completing it, and have thought of new topics as well.

On the topic of “Doctors and Out-patient Therapy,” I hope I have provided some helpful information. Even though it has been almost 10 years (this July) since Darren’s injury, I can still remember the worries I had in coming home. He had battled SO many medical issues during his in-patient stay, that I was fearful of what lay ahead. At Shepherd Center, if there was a need for a doctor or a specialist, they were just called in. They did their rounds, came to his room – it was all very convenient. But the idea of being home without that medical support (in addition to all the other concerns!) was overwhelming.

Preparing ahead was the key, and making connections well before our arrival home made the transition that much easier. Read my post here. I hope you find it helpful.

If you have ideas for new topics in our Family Corner, or have questions you can’t find answers to anywhere else, please let me know!

Enjoy the weekend,


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We are looking forward to the first ever Jack O’Lantern Jamboree which will be held at Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, NJ on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 4:30-6:30 pm, rain or shine. This is a FREE family event! Pumpkins are being sold ahead of time, and children and adults are encouraged to bring their pre-carved or painted pumpkins to be judged for prizes. There will also be a live pumpkin carving contest, a carving demonstration, kids’ games, a wheechair obstacle course, and a parade for the kids who come in costume. Many local businesses have donated prizes for the winners. The event will conclude with the Push to Pumpkin Walk at sundown, when the carved pumpkins will be lit around the track for all to admire.

When Suburban Trends approached Push to Walk with the idea of a fun, family event, we were very excited to work with them on a Halloween related theme and have an opportunity to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries at the same time. Since we always look for ways to tie our mission into our events, the idea of including a wheelchair obstacle course seemed like a perfect fit. Members of the public can see what it’s like to navigate a wheelchair for a few minutes, and try to do simple things from a seated position.

The live pumpkin carving contest is hoped to generate interest among the attendees, who will then bid on their favorites to take home with them if they are the high bidder. So bring your carved pumpkins to Kinnelon High School, and join in on the fun! Check out this link for more information:


Call us for details! 862-200-5848. Hope to see you there!


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