Perhaps the greatest take away was confirmation from various esteemed spinal doctors that our program of exercise intensive therapy is crucial for future medical advancements, both before and after any procedures.
Riverdale, NJ (PRWEB) October 30, 2014
Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 marked the weekend of the Working 2 Walk Symposium, hosted by Unite 2 Fight Paralysis in Seattle, WA. This is an annual conference, bringing together over 200 scientific researchers, community members, and advocates to discuss and learn the latest in paralysis research and curative therapies. Each morning there were formal presentations given to the entire conference, followed by small group discussions in the afternoon. Among many topics discussed were various forms of non-invasive therapies, as well as cutting-edge surgeries, which in time could have significant breakthroughs for the paralysis community.
Presentations from spinal cord injury advocates Rachelle Friedman Chapman and Matthew Rodreick encouraged those living with SCI to vocalize their challenges, the types of therapies they want, and ultimately the need for a cure. Those in the audience were challenged to take this next year to reach out to press, researchers, and state legislation to further the cure movement with a plan to reconvene at Working 2 Walk 2015 with what worked and what did not.
“Perhaps the greatest take away was confirmation from various esteemed spinal doctors that our program of exercise intensive therapy is crucial for future medical advancements, both before and after any procedures,” said Tommy Sutor, Program Director of Push to Walk.
Our staff has returned eager to get involved in research and partnerships with universities and technology companies. We will take this next year to do our part in the cure movement and return to Working 2 Walk 2015 to share our progress.
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.