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Shout out to our #projectwalk friends over in Atlanta for giving hope to Tanisha!
January 03, 2017 - A 26-year-old mother of two who was paralyzed in a hit-and-run has taken her first steps 18 months after the accident. Tanisha Harris, who has been rehabilitating with Project Walk of Atlanta, said she appreciates every step of the process in her recovery, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
“Everything I prayed for before, I’m seeing it now,” Harris, who has been fitted with special brace from Hanger Prosthetics, told the news website.
Harris was running errands with her cousin in 2015 when their vehicle was hit from behind. Harris doesn’t recall the accident— which severely bruised her spinal cord and required surgeons to fuse three vertebrae in her neck— but is determined to recover.
“It’s really hard,” she told Fox 5 Atlanta. “It’s hard for me to breathe, it’s hard on my shoulders, it’s hard on everything. But I’ve got to do it— that’s what I want.”
After being treated at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Harris was teamed up with Project Walk Atlanta and began working with exercise physiologist Tony Davenport to strengthen her core muscles, improve her balance and build endurance, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
we want to hear more stories like Tanisha. when you be a part of the project walk fun run & roll, you'll be funding a new client who otherwise would not have been able to come.
For all those recovering from paralysis, the cost is immense. Project Walk is not covered through insurance which leaves the burden on the individual and family. Through the Project Walk Fun Run & Roll, we hope to build a scholarship fund so we can achieve the “Dremely family goal” of helping as many people as we can who are paralyzed and would like to come to Project Walk® Houston.
All proceeds from the Fun Run will stay right here in Houston and will be used for only those wanting to utilize the Houston location.
On January 17, 2013, life changed drastically for Brooks Dremely and his family. Unfortunately, Brooks experienced a devastating spinal cord injury which has challenged him and his family. After a long hospital stay and therapy at TIRR, the family began to search for additional avenues to augment Brooks’s lifelong recovery process. At the top of their list was Project Walk® Paralysis Recovery Centers, but unfortunately they were located in California. Determined, the Dremely family went to learn and experience Project Walk.
“We were so impressed and inspired by the excitement, hope and knowledge presented at Project Walk. What else could we do but bring Project Walk to the Houston area where there was nothing like the experience we had just had!” says Cindy Dremely. “As a family, we opened the first Project Walk Recovery Center in the southern part of the US, located here in Missouri City and we look forward to wonderful things.”
Project Walk® Paralysis Recovery Centers, the world leader in paralysis recovery, provides an improved quality of life for people with disabilities through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development.
Project Walk understands that every client has special needs; therefore, we offer several programs to best meet those needs and optimize our clients’ chances for recovery. Those options include both facility recovery options and home recovery options which provide different levels of support. Our facility recovery programs will provide the client with one-on-one training, for a 2-3 hour training session 2 to 3 days a week.
Saturday December 6th marked a milestone. A much needed grand opening of Project Walk in Missouri City, Texas was celebrated in intent for helping out the patients in need of rehabilitation in the greater areas of Houston and beyond.
When the therapists realized Bruce loved dancing, they decided to add that into his therapy. While seated, he dabs and dances “The Whip” and “The Nae Nae.” Simply holding himself up and crossing his arms over his eyes to dab builds up the muscles in his stomach and helps him sit upright without falling.
While seated dancing energized Bruce, he experienced a huge surprise when the therapists put him in a harness to get his groove on.
“It was really amazing. He even said, ‘I can dance,’” said mom Lyhoy, 33. “It was really great to be able to see Project Walk incorporate dance into his training.” [source]
Stories like these make us feel all warm inside. To hear inspiring stories of individuals like Bruce, gets us excited about the Project Walk Fun Run & Roll October 1. We hope you'll sign up and join us in our mission of changing the world's view of disability.
fun run & roll with our cause october 1!