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12th Annual Push to Walk Golf Outing to be held September 16th

CONTACT: KATE WOLFE
PHONE: (201) 644-7567
EMAIL: kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 2, 2019

12th Annual Push to Walk Golf Outing to be held September 16th

Oakland, NJ – Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, is proud to present its 12th Annual Charity Golf Outing.

Monday, September 16, 2019 Push to Walk will host its 12th Annual Charity Golf Outing honoring, long time Push to Walk supporters, Ralph Rathyen & Barbara Purdy at The Knoll West Country Club, Knoll & Greenbank Road, Parsippany, NJ. The outing begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. The price of $250 includes all greens fees, lunch, dinner and prizes. Price increases to $275 after September 2nd. Non-golfers and guests are welcome to purchase cocktail hour and dinner banquet tickets for $100 per person. The dinner will include a special silent and live auction in addition to an assortment of golfing prizes. All registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis with payment. The deadline to register is September 9, 2019. Golfers may register online by clicking on the event box at www.pushtowalknj.org or call/email for a printed flyer.

With a decade of annual golf events under its belt, Push to Walk has attracted businesses and individuals to its events by offering an exceptional day of golf, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner. The organization credits those supporters for Push to Walk’s success and ability to do all the incredible work that it does. During this year’s outing, the organization will honor Ralph Rathyen & Barbara Purdy, two supporters who have contributed greatly to the organization.

Ralph Rathyen has been involved with Push to Walk since the beginning. He is one of three Founding Board Members and has remained active within the organization since his terms have 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.

Online registration and donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org.

For more information, please contact Kate Wolfe at (201) 644-7567 or kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York metropolitan area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

Push to Walk Adds Xcite FES Clinical Station to Equipment Inventory

CONTACT: Stephanie Lajam
PHONE: (201) 644-7567
EMAIL: slajam@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28, 2019

Push to Walk Adds Xcite FES Clinical Station to Equipment Inventory

Oakland, NJ- Push to Walk, a local nonprofit that provides specialized workouts to individuals living with paralysis, recently added a new piece of functional electrical stimulation equipment to its program.

Tuesday, May 7th, Push to Walk (PTW) welcomed the Restorative Therapies (RTI) Xcite Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Clinical Station to its list of state-of-the-art equipment. The arrival of the Xcite adds to PTW’s collection of RTI devices with its already existing RT300 FES Bike, RT200 FES Recumbent Elliptical, and RT600 Step and Stand with fully integrated FES. FES is therapeutically beneficial because it triggers individual muscles to physically contract while completing a movement. This helps retrain the nervous system while also leading to improved muscle mass, bone density, blood circulation, and skin integrity thus improving the quality of workouts.

Push to Walk invited Restorative Therapies Inc. (RTI) Clinical Representative, Gabriella Stienfbold, OTR, ATP into the gym to provide an all-day training for staff to learn about the Xcite Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Clinical Station. The training session included overview of the Xcite system as well as hands-on demonstrations with a few of Push to Walk’s current clients as preparation to safely use the device in future workouts.

Unique to other FES devices the gym owns, the Xcite can target muscles of the upper body (shoulder, arm, forearm) in the proper sequential manner to complete functional tasks. It can reteach muscles tasks such as those to help increase independence such as grasping a cup off a table, gripping a pen, or brushing your teeth. Previous devices do not have the ability to provide electrical stimulation in such a precise way. “Push to Walk’s clients, specifically those with quadriplegia, place high importance on arm and hand function over most other abilities. In the short few weeks we have had the device, the reactions of clients when seeing their hands physically perform exercises that they could not complete without the Xcite has confirmed our training staff’s beliefs of what this equipment purchase can truly add to our program,” says Program Director, Tiffany Warren. The addition of the Xcite to workouts, gives PTW the best chance to help encourage such improvements.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (201) 644-7567 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org. Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Push to Walk is only able to cover about 65% of its operating costs through client fees and relies on grants and fundraising events to help make up the difference. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

Push to Walk Set to Host Casino Night/Poker Tournament

CONTACT: STEPHANIE LAJAM
PHONE: (201)644-7567
EMAIL: slajam@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 11, 2019

Push to Walk Set to Host Casino Night/Poker Tournament

Oakland, NJ – Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, will host their 10th Annual Casino Night featuring a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, roulette and blackjack on the first Saturday in April.

Taking place at the Route 23 Auto Mall in Butler, New Jersey on April 6, 2019, the tournament entry fee is $150 for poker players, $75 for roulette and blackjack players, and $50 for spectators (poker entry fee and roulette and blackjack entry fees will increase by $25 after March 31, 2019 so register early!). All entry fees include a buffet dinner, wine and beer. Players who register online at www.pushtowalknj.org will receive a 1,000 chip bonus. The organization is running a special deal for its second consecutive year, which offers a $50 discounted tournament entry to any 2018 Casino Night participant with the commitment of a registering newcomer. Doors open at 6:30PM, and the first card will be dealt at 8:00PM.
The top ten tournament players who make it to the final table will share $5000 in VISA gift cards and other prizes. Those that participate as roulette or blackjack players will have the opportunity to win from another selection of prizes. The event will also include a 50/50 raffle for players and spectators to enjoy. “Casino Night is always a fun evening and we are looking forward to the addition of roulette and blackjack at this year’s event. We recognize that not everyone plays poker and wanted to have an option for others to enjoy,” said Vivian Kiggins, Executive Director at Push to Walk.
Push to Walk’s clients pay an hourly fee for personalized training. These fees do not fully cover operating expenses. The balance is obtained through fundraising activities, grants and donations. Funds raised through events like Casino Night help the organization offset expenses and focus on providing the highest quality program to the paralysis community.

Push to Walk uses exercise trainers certified in methods known to help people regain strength, function and independence and provide one-on-one workouts to their clients. This program is unique to the area and is the only one in New York/New Jersey.

Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (201)644-7567 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org. Photos available upon request.

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About Push to Walk

Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

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