Team Push to Walk Raises Over $34G for Client Scholarship Fund

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Push to Walk, a Riverdale-based non-profit organization, assembled a team to participate in the NJ Marathon and raised over $34,000.

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Team Push to Walk had an amazing race as a whole and it was great being back down in Long Branch supporting the Restore the Shore effort after what the area endured in October.

On Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Long Branch, NJ Team Push to Walk raced for its third year to show its support and dedication to the non-profit they represented. The team consisted of 23 people, including trainers, family, friends, members of the community, and 5 Push to Walk clients who used hand-cycles to participate. All Team Push to Walk members’ hard work showed in the satisfaction they displayed when crossing the finish line.

Each team member committed to raising $500 as a minimum goal for Push to Walk’s Client Scholarship Fund. Push to Walk workouts cost $85 per hour and are not covered by insurance. The scholarship fund helps clients who are financially in need continue to come to workouts without letting cost get in the way. Race day has passed, but donations continue to come in. The team exceeded their goal of $30,000 and now has brought in over $34,000 with more expected to provide aid to those who need it most.

Push to Walk is able to cover about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, but relies on fundraising events to help make up the difference. “Our clients come to us because they see an improvement in their quality of life. We work hard to keep our fees affordable so cost doesn’t stand in the way of them achieving their goals,” explains Cynthia Templeton, President of Push to Walk.

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. The next closest facilities of this kind are located in Boston and North Carolina. “Team Push to Walk had an amazing race as a whole and it was great being back down in Long Branch supporting the Restore the Shore effort after what the area endured in October,” said trainer Karla Ruaya.

Sponsor the team or an individual by clicking the banner on the Push to Walk website: http://www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam(at)pushtowalknj(dot)org.

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 Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

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