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Oakland Based Non-Profit Continues to Assist Paralysis Community During Global Pandemic Closure

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 26, 2020

Oakland Based Non-Profit Continues to Assist Paralysis Community During Global Pandemic Closure

Oakland, NJ- Push to Walk, a local nonprofit that provides specialized workouts to individuals living with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis created a resource to assist clients and others with neurological mobility conditions while social distancing during the global pandemic.

Friday, March 13, 2020 Push to Walk, with the support of its Board of Trustees, made the decision to close for two weeks to help in the “flatten the curve” initiative and protect the organization’s clients and staff from potential exposure during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. However, the organization’s reopening is now dependent on the mandate for gym closures, issued by Governor Murphy on March 17th, being lifted.

During this uncertain time, Push to Walk professional training staff has created and distributed a list of recommendations and exercises with demonstration videos to help their clients take care of themselves both mentally and physically during the closure. A continuation of routine is important for all individuals’ mental health and it is especially important for those with already limited mobility to remain as physically active as possible. Although, the resource does not compare to the one-on-one individualized training those with neurological mobility conditions experience at Push to Walk, the staff wanted to provide guidance and some resemblance of the non-profit’s program to its clients.

At this point the organization is requesting the local community and its existing supporters consider making a donation to help ensure its reopening and continued ability to provide services to the paralysis community in the future. “Our operations have come to a halt, fundraisers have been canceled and postponed, and our doors have been temporarily closed. We’re doing our best to continue to provide for our clients but need to call on our supporters to help us at a time when our organization needs it most,” says Executive Director, Vivian Kiggins.

For updates on the organization’s current status and donation opportunities, please visit the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org. Checks can also be sent to Push to Walk at 100 Bauer Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436. For more information, please contact Kate Wolfe at 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- 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.

Community Thrive Grant Results in Local Media Coverage & Increased Awareness

Over the summer we were honored to receive A Community Thrives, part of the USA Today Network, grant through the Gannett Foundation. Thank you to the Gannett Foundation for providing a generous grant to us and then going above our expectations and sending a reporter out to write a story on our program. The article has been featured by various North Jersey Media sources including The Record and NorthJersey.com and has resulted in over ten clients discovering us in the last month.

If you have a couple of minutes, take a look and have a read, you'll definitely see some familiar faces!

For the full story visit NorthJersey.com or click "read" above.

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.

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