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Hello Everyone!

I’d like to give a shout-out to my friends at Pushing Boundaries in Redmond, WA. They are celebrating their ninth anniversary! I love their tagline: “Exercise, health and hope for people with paralysis.” It really sums up what they do, and they do it well!

Pushing Boundaries’ founders, Allan and Sharon Northrup, created a wonderful organization that has benefited so many people in the Northwest, and they continue to grow and expand. Their Executive Director, Tricia Lazzar, has been a tremendous help to me and to Push to Walk over the years, providing guidance and advice, and sharing information.

I know Pushing Boundaries is going to be a major sponsor at this year’s Working 2 Walk conference to be held October 17-18 in Seattle, and they are involved in the entire SCI and paralysis community for the good of so many.

Congratulations to Pushing Boundaries for doing what you do, and doing it well. We wish you many more years of success for you and your clients!

Cynthia

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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true gave to me………ten lords-a-leaping! My version will be ten “lords & ladies-a-lifting” for the work our trainers and aides do at Push to Walk every single day!

I would like to recognize our Push to Walk staff for the heavy lifting they do, literally and figuratively, for our clients. Some clients are able to move from place to place on their own; others need more assistance. Our trainers and aides, male and female alike, are ready at all times to give this assistance. It requires strength, good body positioning and not being nervous about placing yourself in another’s personal space. It takes practice, but our staff does what’s needed without hesitation, many many times a day.

Our clients rely on our trainers and aides to give them a challenging and worthwhile workout every time they come through our doors. I believe our staff does an incredible job, and are successful because our clients demand the highest quality. It is definitely a two-way street!

Thank you to the most awesome staff a founder could have! Push to Walk is what it is today because of the trainers and aides (in addition to our administrative staff!) we have, how they interact with the clients, go above and beyond their job duties and really care about our clients and their families. If you have a comment you’d like to make from your own personal experience about any of our staff members, please let me know!

‘Tis the season to share compliments and joy! Thank you, staff!!! Cynthia

 

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I am so excited to pass along this link! A video about my son Darren’s story and the reason we founded Push to Walk was recently produced and is featured on CNN.com. Check it out!

CNN Stories Worth Watching: Paralyzed Adventurer Moves Forward

Many thanks to our Board Chairman Ralph Rathyen for initiating contact with Sarah Galus Esteves at CNN and her commitment to bring it through the process for story development. Thank you to Sarah, Holly Firfer and the entire team for bringing our story to the public!

Please share with others through email, Facebook, etc.  Help us spread the word!

Enjoy the weekend! Cynthia

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Our Own “Push Girl” will be on HBO Real Sports! Thanks to Christan Zaccagnino, and her willingness to share even the most intimate of details about her life, her relationships and her challenges, spinal cord injury is getting some well-deserved media attention from someone who is living a very full life. I am sure Christan’s story will make you laugh and make you cry, and will hopefully provide a spark for the bundle of dynamite needed to set off interest and funding for clinical trials for SCI in the U.S.

As many of you know, we follow Boyd Melson, a professional boxer who donates all of his winnings in the ring to Dr. Wise Young and the quest to bring clinical trials from China to the US. Boyd’s best friend, Christan Zaccagnino is a Push to Walk client, and she has worked tirelessly for many years to bring SCI into the media and the forefront of people’s consciousness. One HUGE step forward for Christan and Boyd (and the entire SCI community) is the filming of an HBO Real Sports segment which will be aired tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16, at 10 pm.

Set your DVR’s NOW!

To read a short clip about their story, click on this link: http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/index.html.

I’d love to hear your comments after watching! Let me know what you think!

Cynthia

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This is a great write-up from a new client. There is no way I could describe the experience of coming to Push to Walk like he has!

http://calebsstemcell.blogspot.com/

(One small disclaimer, though, and something that does happen frequently – we are not physical therapy, don’t employ physical therapists, and don’t use the word therapy to describe ourselves. To a lot of people, the distinction is very blurred, and not usually a big deal. I tend to be a little over-sensitive about the issue, though, totally respect all that physical therapy offers, and am always careful in how our exercise program is described. Regardless, this is an awesome blogpost!)

Thanks, Caleb!

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Happy Monday! Happy that warm weather and sunshine have arrived (finally) in New Jersey!

I am not a basketball fan, but do follow sports news enough to know that March Madness is a sub-culture all its own. I even know who the Final Four teams were and who’s playing for the championship tonight. But that, I admit, is about all I do know. And I am curious – did it used to be that March Madness actually ended in March, ’cause last I checked it’s clearly April today…..

However, at Push to Walk, we had our own version of March Madness going on all month as well. I had the best intentions to write more this past month, but was distracted by some big projects (all good!) and procrastinated, much to my dismay (and that of my Communications Coordinator as well). But I am back!

This picture tells of our amazing client accomplishments and competition with each other to be “on the board.”  Some of these clients don’t even know each other, others do, and the competition has become FIERCE! I hope this gives you a sense of how hard our clients are working, what their goals are, and what they are accomplishing.

Compared to this………basketball is easy!! Let me hear some cheers from the crowd!

Push to Walk Blackboard

Push to Walk Blackboard

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Push to Walk Program Director, Tommy Sutor, received approval from William Paterson University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subject Research to conduct a pilot study, “An Investigation of the Intra- and Inter-Rater Reliability of the Neurological Impairment Movement Strength Test on Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury” in mid-January. This is a long and fancy title for saying that we want to develop a more objective way to conduct our initial evaluations with new clients.

While what we’ve been doing to this point is helpful, there is a certain amount of subjectivity to the methods, and we want to change that. By conducting this pilot study, we hope to develop a standardized method of testing movement strength so that measurements found in initial evaluations would prove more beneficial in subsequent tests and progress reports. Actual measurements can then be tracked and analyzed, showing us exactly how our program is helping any given person.

Push to Walk is very grateful for the assistance provided by Michael Figueroa, EdD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at William Paterson University, especially in obtaining approval of the IRB. This is very exciting for Push to Walk as an organization and will help us validate and document methods and progress for our clients.  Stay tuned for more details as this comes together!

Cynthia

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