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I am an able-bodied person that spends a lot of waking hours around people in wheelchairs. At Push to Walk, most of our clients use wheelchairs for mobility, and while they may not be in their wheelchairs for the duration of their workouts, they come and go and converse with me while in their chairs. As much time as I spend around people in chairs, I do not have a clue what it takes to go through a day, every day, every week, every month, in a chair. While I have been prodded to spend a day in a wheelchair, and I have resisted (more about that in another blog post, I promise), I still don’t think that would help me understand the situation, although it would provide some insight.

In any case, here’s a good example of what those of us who walk around without a thought about the fact that we ARE walking, don’t think about.  And I’m sure there are a thousand other things as well. By the way, this is the father of a Push to Walk client.

Along this line of thought, there is a group called SCI Sucks that spells out what the public doesn’t realize about spinal cord injuries, and the messages often perpetuated by the disabled community itself. Their tagline says it all: “People tell us to change the name, but then we wouldn’t be telling the truth.”

Take a few minutes to think about ways you could improve just little things that could make a world of difference to someone who uses a wheelchair. It might just make someone smile, and make their day just a little easier.

Cynthia

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Wow, we’ve been open six years!! I’m never sure if I should call this a birthday or an anniversary – according to Webster’s, we fit both definitions. Both are fine, and both express the celebratory nature of recognizing so many accomplishments!

By now, most of you know the story of Push to Walk and the story of my son, Darren and our family. If this is the first time reading my blog, or your first encounter with Push to Walk, please visit the About Us section of our website for more information. A very abbreviated version is that after Darren sustained a spinal cord injury in July 2004, we traveled back and forth to California for an intensive exercise program and subsequently realized that New Jersey needed a program like this. With none around, we started our own. Darren came up with the name, and six years later we are not only sustaining ourselves but growing in several different ways.

Check out this link for some new videos of Darren using the Gait Harness Walker, and take a look at some of our other client videos, too. They are ALL amazing!

With more trainers, more clients, more board members and added administrative staff, we are providing a unique exercise program that is not only focused on people with spinal cord injuries, but now includes traumatic brain injuries, MS and stroke as well. Our trainers continue to educate themselves in these areas of specialty, have started doing research and work together as a team to ensure that our clients receive the best possible workouts every single day. Our board is dedicated to helping Push to Walk expand in a planned and organized fashion, and is embarking on a Strategic Planning Process to help us develop our way forward. Our supporters continue to amaze us with their generosity which is critical to our existence. And our administrative team is behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly.

We thank our clients for putting their trust in us to help them in their journey. Each person is in a different place when they join Push to Walk – physically, emotionally, financially. We develop relationships with them, help them identify goals and work with them to achieve those goals. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and help them succeed.

Thank you to everyone who has helped Push to Walk come so far! Together we are pushing forward and making a difference!

Cynthia

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Working as hard as I do and have done in the past 5 1/2 years to build Push to Walk to what it is today is all a labor of love, for obvious reasons. But we would never have accomplished all that we have, and helped so many people, without the support of others.

I hope the link to the following video can adequately convey some of the feelings of thanks we have each and every day at Push to Walk. But before you see it, I’d like to express some special thanks to our summer video intern, Brandon Lum, for putting this together; my incredible, wonderful staff; my supportive board members; and our dedicated clients for helping us tell our story – THANK YOU one and all!

Our Thank You Video

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Cynthia

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So you know the slogan “What happens in Vegas……….stays in Vegas,” right? Sometimes I feel like this happens at Push to Walk. What happens here…………stays here. Of course, it’s up to each individual client on what information can be distributed for public viewing, and we respect each person’s wishes. But when something SO wonderful happens, I want to shout from the rooftops! I just can’t help myself.

Check out this video that shows a client who has come to Push to Walk for several years: http://youtu.be/VvjOu9XORNo

She has a C5 injury, sustained in June 2006. I believe this accomplishment is due to her consistent workouts at Push to Walk, the dedication of her trainers in paying attention to what’s going on in her body, and the simple concept of TRYING. It’s not easy for the client or the trainers. Some people might say it’s not practical. But it’s walking! And it’s happening because she has gotten stronger, can support herself better and her muscles are firing. Our philosphy is to stimulate the nervous system and see what happens. Progress may be slow, even non-existent at times, but we all keep working at it.

How wonderful to watch! It’s these kinds of things that make me happy to come to work every day. Wouldn’t you be, too??

Have a great weekend! Cynthia

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I don’t know the statistics, but every day a tremendous number of new videos are posted online. It is mind-boggling once you start looking at something or searching for a particular topic. There are just SO many videos!

Well, I’m hoping Push to Walk can contribute our fair share to this online phenomenon! Through a great website that helps nonprofit organizations buy things at discounted prices (www.techsoup.org), we have purchased 6 Flip cameras. Our goal is to loan these cameras to our Push to Walk staff, clients, family members, etc. who can help us record happenings in their lives that are related to spinal cord injuries. The videos can be anything related to social activities, adaptive sports, accessibility issues (good and bad), special occasions – anything that would be fun, informative and of interest to others (or just of interest to the film-maker!). There are no rules; no right or wrong activities (within reason, of course!).

We already have our own YouTube channel, (www.youtube.com/user/pushtowalknj) but we want to increase the number of videos we post. We hope you’ll want to help us with this new project! Please let us know if you’d like to contribute to this effort for Push to Walk! It should be fun!

Cynthia

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