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Push to Walk’s First Annual Family Fun Day!

Looking for something fun to do this summer?

Join us on Sunday August 25th from 11AM-3PM for Push to Walk’s First Annual Family Fun Day!

Clients, staff and families will have a fun filled day and get to know other clients that attend Push to Walk. The day will begin a staff tug of war game to get the crowd going wild! We will have games and fun indoors and outdoors. How well do you know the PTW training staff? We will find out at an intense game of staff trivia! We will also have many accessible games of Baggo, Can Jam, Yard Pong and Ladder Ball. The owners of VeloChair will be attending to demonstrate their new, revolutionizing mobility device. Clients will be able to test them out as well! Kids will have fun too with hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and much more!

PTW will bring families together with music and food. Barbecue food will be served, along with ice cream for the hot summer day! Come and go as you please, but don’t forget to come! Not a Push to Walk client? Come check out our facility and meet our staff at our Family Fun Day!

Please RVSP to Kate at kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org and hope to see you there!

Everyone’s a Golfer if it’s for a Good Cause!

We don’t care if you’re the next Masters Champion or shoot triple par, tell your boss you can’t make it on Monday September 16th. You’ve got better plans!

Push to Walk is holding our 12th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Monday September 16th, 2019 at The Knoll West Country Club, Knoll & Greenbank Road, Parsippany, NJ. The outing begins with registration and lunch at 11 A.M. The day will include 18 holes, lunch, dinner, prizes, silent and live auctions and a special guest speaker! Not a golfer? Not a problem! Non-golfers and guests are welcome to purchase cocktail hour and dinner banquet tickets. All registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis with payment. The deadline to register is September 9th, 2019.

This year Push to Walk will be honoring long time supporters, Ralph Rathyen & Barbara Purdy. Ralph Rathyen has been involved with Push to Walk since the beginning. He is one of the three Founding Board Members and has remained active with the organization since his terms ended. Ralph participated as part of the organization’s committee to help find Push to Walk’s current home in Oakland, NJ. Barbara and Ralph have also remained involved by sponsoring and attending events, as well as requesting donations be made to the non-profit in lieu of gifts for their wedding and milestone birthdays over the years. “The loyalty of Push to Walk’s supporters is astonishing, especially those that have given as much time and heart as Ralph and Barbara. I am looking forward to honoring them at my second Push to Walk Annual Charity Golf Outing and anticipating another successful and fun event.” Says Push to Walk Executive Director, Vivian Kiggins.

For online registration and donation opportunities: Visit our registration site.

Any questions? Please contact Kate at kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org.

Summer/Diving Safety

June is an exciting month for most. It marks the beginning of summer, vacations, and beautiful weather. For some of our clients however, the summer months mark the anniversary of their injury sustained from a diving or water-related accident.

Entering the sunny months of summer, Push to Walk would like to remind everyone of summer safety and precautions to take so you can have a safe and fun summer season!

1. The American Red Cross recommends a minimum of 10 feet of water depth for headfirst dives including dives from pool decks.
2. No above-ground pools are safe for diving.
3. Don’t dive into water where visibility is not clear. Murky water could be hiding underwater rocks, tree trunks, or other obstructions. In the ocean, changing tides and waves cause sands to shift and create sandbars.
4. Do not use alcohol before or during diving—or any other water sports. Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgment.
5. Always teach children about water safety and provide supervision.
6. Do not ignore “No Diving” signs, they are there for a reason.
7. When in doubt, always enter feet first.

Some Statistics:
*Diving into pools and lakes causes 26,000 orthopedic injuries each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately 800 of those injuries result in paralysis.
*Diving is the fourth leading cause of spinal cord injury among males and the fifth leading cause among females.
*As many as one of every 10 injuries to the cervical spinal cord is caused by a diving accident. The victims are predominantly male.

Interested in learning some of our client’s personal stories? Visit our client bio page.


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