Push to Walk Reaches out to Local First Responders

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Push to Walk, a Riverdale based nonprofit, plans to team up with local first responders to educate and help them better understand the world of paralysis.

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During summer 2013 Push to Walk will invite the first responders of Riverdale, Pompton Lakes, and Wanaque to visit the gym to make them more familiar with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other forms of paralysis. It is important that first responders are prepared and knowledgeable in the case of emergency if they encounter a person who is or has become paralyzed, whether at Push to Walk or a member of the public. The organization will provide a list of key characteristics to look for and parameters to evaluate for the safest way to proceed in the situation.

Trainer Ken Shyu who also volunteers as an emergency medical technician brought the need to the nonprofit’s attention since beginning at Push to Walk in February of this year. “As an EMT, we are taught to handle different types of emergencies; however, the spinal cord injury population is commonly, if not completely, overlooked. Careful study and awareness of individuals with SCI will allow healthcare providers to respond effectively and efficiently in emergency situations,” says Ken.

Community awareness and outreach is important to the nonprofit and Push to Walk feels a responsibility to help make the public more knowledgeable in the world of spinal cord injuries and paralysis. “As a nonprofit for those with paralysis, we feel it is our obligation to partner with community organizations and further educate the public in any way we can for the better good of the paralysis community,” says President Cynthia Templeton. Outreach to local first responders will be the first step in working with Riverdale and bordering towns in emergency situations that involve people with paralysis. Push to Walk will follow up by generating a one page document of specific information on each client to provide for first responders in the future case of an emergency at 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.

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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