Local Foundation Brings Hope to Paralysis Patients
Founded in Carlsbad in 2014, the Project Walk Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Project Walk clients who are affected by paralysis. This includes individuals with ALS, MS, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, victims of strokes, spinal cord injuries, and more. While many people with these conditions can be treated with traditional medicine, that is not always the case. Project Walk has been recognized as a pioneer in paralysis recovery, offering intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research, and development. “Unfortunately, these alternative treatments, though effective, are not covered by most insurance providers,” said Carleen Doan, Project Walk Director of Community Outreach. “As a result, we raise money for much needed scholarships to participate in these programs, which are offered at Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Centers across the nation.”
The foundation holds events throughout the year in Carlsbad and around North County. The next upcoming event is the Project Walk Block Party on July 8 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Project Walk Headquarters. The event will feature live music, local vendors, local eateries, outdoor fitness classes from local gyms, a beer garden, family-friendly activities, and a celebration of client stories and milestones. “By supporting the Project Walk Foundation, people in our community can help give people back their livelihoods and provide them hope for a future they thought was lost forever,” Carleen said. To purchase tickets for the block party go to www.pwsummerfest.com. For more information about how to support the foundation visit www.projectwalkfoundation.org.