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Hi Everyone,

Here we are mid-week already for our week-long Summer Camp, and I feel like we’re just getting started! Our campers are enjoying activities with current clients, former clients, prospective clients, families and friends! I always like seeing when our events officially “end,” and people are talking to one another, sharing stories, showing others their accessible vehicles, and just hanging out. This, to me, is PRICELESS and exactly what I hoped our camp would accomplish.

Please check our Facebook page for recent news, pictures and videos:   https://www.facebook.com/PushtoWalk

Our campers tell me they are loving their workouts, and while they are tired afterwards, they are energized and excited about what they are doing! Hopefully this week will help each person reach new goals and strive for more!

We are so grateful for all the support and donations we have received so far to help make our Summer Camp a success! For starters, thanks to Scott Chesney (www.scottchesney.com) and Curly’s Ice Cream in Riverdale for a great Ice Cream Social on Sunday. Thanks to Laurie Kammer and David McCauley (www.riseupgallery.com) and the Riverdale Art Center (www.riverdaleartcenter.org) for teaming up to host a wonderful Art Workshop on Monday night. Thanks also to Steve and Laurie Colella (Colella’s Pizza, Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ) for donating a delicious lunch on Tuesday that provided food for clients, guests and even the rugby players Tuesday night! Speaking of rugby, the NY Warriors Quad Rugby Team put on a fun exhibition at the Wayne YMCA. Campers and clients (even staff!) had a great time playing and learning about the game. Several of the rugby players traveled quite a distance, and we really appreciate their interest in being part of our camp activities.

Check our website for details on events still to come: Trivia Night at Hooters in Wayne tonight (Wednesday), a Push to Walk Open House and Dr. Wise Young’s Open House at Rutgers on Thursday, Pizza and Music Night Friday night, and capping off the week with Adaptive Sports Day and a second presentation by Scott Chesney on Saturday. http://www.pushtowalknj.org/document/description-of-activities.pdf.

Hope to see you at one of our events! Cynthia

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Last night, Sunday March 25, my husband & I went to Bardi’s (www.bardisgrill.com) in Pequannock, NJ for an Open Mic night with Vince Genella and The Business (www.vincegenella.net). It was an awesome night of music, jammin’ and listening to some really talented musicians. We sat close and could see just how much these musicians love to play! From an amazing 9 year old drummer to a young male trio, a female duo, and other people as well, the quality, energy and talent were wonderful! (In addition to Vince and his band, too!)

It is obvious that ShamRock (www.shamrockschoolofmusic.com) has found its niche in providing quality instructors for local kids. Their musical talents are really something to see and hear! Congratulations to Randy Shamber and his team for all of their accomplishments!

To go along with ShamRock’s interest in their community, they have offered to sponsor Push to Walk’s upcoming Wine Tasting on June 14. We are very grateful for their support, and look forward to their involvement in promoting our event! As Randy says, “if it involves music, please include us!” Please be on the lookout for the details, and you can register online at www.pushtowalknj.org. All proceeds will be used to help people with spinal cord injuries live a higher quality of life by regaining strength, function and independence through an intensive exercise program. Make plans with friends to join us for an evening of Wine Tasting, hosted by Gary’s Wine & Markeplace (www.garyswine.com) and great live music! Hope to see you there!

Cynthia

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For those of you who know me, you already know I can go on and on about Push to Walk and all the good our program does for people with spinal cord injuries. After awhile it probably sounds like “blah, blah, blah!” As any good spokesman for a cause they believe in, we can tell great stories, explain what our trainers do, and what our clients accomplish. BUT, when someone sees our gym, talks to the clients and experiences a workout for him or herself, NOW believing happens! This is what it’s all about!

This was the case when I recently had the pleasure of showing our gym to Lou Pallo. Yes, the famous Lou Pallo of the Les Paul Trio. Legendary in his own right, Lou and Les played together many years and for many shows. (www.loupallo.com) Thanks to our friend Vince Genella, another VERY talented guitarist (www.vincegenella.net) who introduced us to Lou, Lou and his current trio have agreed to donate their talents for entertainment at Push to Walk’s upcoming Wine Tasting on June 14th at the Grand Chalet in Wayne, NJ. We are very grateful to both Lou and Vince for taking an interest in Push to Walk and helping us raise money so we can continue to provide specialized exercise workouts to people with spinal cord injuries.

But back to my main topic – seeing someone or something in action, with your very own eyes, is SO powerful! It makes all the difference in the world! You can then understand, or ask questions, give feedback, etc. There is no substitute for seeing and feeling something for yourself. So come and SEE Push to Walk for yourself! We love to have visitors and show off our gym, our trainers, even our clients! Once you see it, you’ll understand why we are so passionate about what we do!

Cynthia

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Last night was an incredible experience, the result of a combined effort of people who love music and want to promote a good cause. Randy Shamber of ShamRock School of Music in Pequannock, Bardi’s Bar and Grill in Pequannock and a local musician and ShamRock teacher, Vince Genella and his band “The Business” all worked together for the benefit of Push to Walk.

The music was outstanding, the food was delicious and the company was very enjoyable! Bardi’s provided a great atmosphere and fun was had by all!

In addition to putting together the students and the band, ShamRock donated a guitar that was raffled off for Push to Walk’s benefit. Those proceeds, along with donations collected at the door, totalled a whopping $967! AWESOME!

Thanks also to the Suburban Trends and WGHT 1500 Radio for their coverage both before and after the event.

I want to give a special shout out to our friends Ed and Stephanie Gerena who brought (or bribed!) at least 10 people to the show! Thank you for always caring and supporting our cause! Your generosity is very special.

In this season of giving, I am most encouraged that people choose to support Push to Walk when there are so many organizations worthy of their hard earned dollars. Thank you for your confidence in us, and I promise that we will always use your contributions to help our clients and others in need with spinal cord injuries.    

Cynthia

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