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Celebrate Giving Tuesday with PTW

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to harness the power of generosity to change lives. We see this power in action every day in our gym on the faces of our clients. The generosity of our many donors has enabled Push to Walk to provide specialized training that can help individuals with paralysis live more fulfilling lives.

Giving Tuesday gives us an opportunity to do more. Celebrated on Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many individuals will focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Push to Walk is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 27 and we ask you to be part of it. Take a look at our videos by searching #PushUpsForPushToWalk or visiting our social media pages. Share them to raise awareness for our organization! Or do a few push-ups yourself and send us a video. Email it to slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

And please, donate what you can. Be part of this global giving movement.

Whatever you do, we assure you it will make a difference. Our clients work hard year-round to maintain their physical health and wellness. Your contribution to our unique individualized program of intensive exercise helps our clients regain the ability to do daily tasks that are usually taken for granted.

The staff, clients and board are deeply grateful for your support and we wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.

13th Annual Working 2 Walk Science & Advocacy Symposium

Push to Walk staff members including Cynthia Templeton, Stephanie Lajam, Vivian Kiggins, David Dias, and Joseph Robbins will be leaving this week to attend the 13th Annual Working 2 Walk Science and Advocacy Symposium in Vancouver Canada.

The Working 2 Walk Symposium brings together consumers, scientists, and interested parties to discuss breakthroughs in the spinal cord injury (SCI) field and ongoing research to find more answers to help those living with SCI.

This conference is a great opportunity for Push to Walk to meet other organizations that also offer nontraditional, cutting edge methods of treatment. All sharing the goal of helping people to maintain and improve their physical health and wellbeing, and reduce secondary complications with the goal of living a more independent life.

An extra special treat for the attending Push to Walk staff will be hearing former Program Director, Tommy Sutor’s presentation, Acute Intermittent Hypoxia: A Scientific & Personal Odyssey. He will also participate in a panel discussion during the second day of the symposium.

Vivian Kiggins, Executive Director for Push to Walk stated “it is a privilege to be able to attend the conference and be able to meet some of the most prestigious individuals working on behalf of those with SCI. I look forward to sharing this experience with the Push to Walk community of staff members and clients when I return.”

State of New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy Proclaims September 2018 as Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Christopher Reeve was an American actor best known for his motion picture portrayal of the classic DC comic book superhero Superman in 1978. On May 27, 1995, he was severely injured and left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia. He used a wheelchair and needed a portable ventilator to breathe for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, approximately 1.2 million individuals currently have a spinal cord injury. In New Jersey, we estimate that there are at least 6,000 residents suffering from traumatic injuries or diseases that damage the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries can result from motor vehicle collisions, sport accidents, falls, and work-related injuries. These injuries can cause quadriplegia, paraplegia, and other mobility restrictions.

The State of New Jersey seeks to minimize the devastation effects of spinal cord injuries among residents through public awareness and educational campaigns. Increased focus and investments in treatments, research, advocacy and awareness are key factors in improving outcomes and the quality of life for individuals living with these injuries.
Push to Walk’s Executive Director Vivian Kiggins said, “Governor Murphy’s Proclamation recognizes the need for more research and support for individuals living with paralysis. Push to Walk is a resource to help these individuals set and achieve goals leading to more productive and fulfilling lives.”

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