Push to Walk to Host its 2nd Annual Summer Boot Camp

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Push to Walk, a non-profit organization to benefit people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, will hold its 2nd Annual Summer Boot Camp during July 2013.

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Beginning July 14 through July 20, Push to Walk will hold its Summer Boot Camp for its second consecutive year. The camp was envisioned as a way to encourage the non-profit’s current, past, and prospective clients to make connections and learn from one another. The week will focus on providing as many quality specialized workouts to campers as possible and incorporating a variety of social activities for many interests.

Kickoff to the camp will include an ice cream social with guest speakers who will motivate campers to give their all during the week to come. Days will be reserved for workout sessions, which will be offered at a discounted rate through the generosity of a Kessler Foundation grant. Grant funds will also provide scholarship hours to those who would not be able to attend due to financial restrictions. Each evening will offer opportunities to unwind, enjoy and participate in events such as: art workshop, trivia, music, and adaptive sports including sled hockey, quad rugby, and seated yoga.

Push to Walk’s camp week coincides with Dr. Wise Young’s Open House at Rutgers, which the camp will travel to as a whole to listen to research updates and progress on clinical trials coming to the United States. Push to Walk will also have its own open houses where vendors, who cater specifically to the organization’s clientele, will be on site to provide demonstrations and information on Tuesday and Thursday and visitors are invited to attend.

Push to Walk is able to cover only about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, but relies on grants and 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. The Kessler Foundation grant we received will offer workout hours to individuals in financial need who may want to come to us, but have not had the means to do so without help,” explains Templeton.

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.

Online donation opportunities are available 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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