Montclair Resident Returns to Non-profit Career Helping People Living with Disabilities

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Push to Walk, an Oakland based non-profit for people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, recently welcomed the return of a Montclair resident to the organization's staff.

Karla Ruaya of Montclair, New Jersey

I'm so happy to come back to the same method and principles that we had when Push to Walk first opened its doors, which is to give the best workouts possible and have every client out of their wheelchair and moving.

Karla Ruaya of Montclair, New Jersey returned to Push to Walk as a Neuro Exercise Trainer at the end of February 2018. She previously worked for the organization from May 2010 through December 2013 and left to work full time in NYC. She remained involved with the organization during her hiatus by volunteering for fundraising events and conducting adaptive tennis workshops for Push to Walk clients each year. Ms. Ruaya has always remained dedicated to the non-profit and its cause. “It is wonderful to have Karla return to our staff. She brings such passion to her work each and every day and loves what she does. I know the clients are happy to have her back, too," said Cynthia Templeton, Push to Walk Founder and Interim Executive Director.

Upon her return, Karla started off by completing the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's three day NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Locomotor Training Workshop to supplement her training refresher at Push to Walk. "I'm so happy to come back to the same method and principles that we had when Push to Walk first opened its doors, which is to give the best workouts possible and have every client out of their wheelchair and moving," said Montclair resident and Push to Walk Neuro Exercise Trainer, Karla Ruaya.

Karla received her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Northern Michigan University and is a American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist. She has been personal training for over a decade and is also a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Certified Tennis Professional.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at 201-644-7567 or visit the Push to Walk website: http://www.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. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

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