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    Project Walk Press Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



    PROJECT WALK, INC. TEAMS WITH REHABILITION INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN
    AND WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    FOR GROUNDBREAKING SPINAL CORD INJURY RECOVERY
    RESEARCH PROJECT



    CARLSBAD, CA - October 10, 2002 - Project Walk, Inc. Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Program in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine will begin an intensive year-and-a-half research project documenting the progress and success of a new SCI recovery program. Launch date is scheduled for October 15, 2002. The first round of findings will be presented at the annual American Paraplegia Society scientific meeting in Las Vegas, NV in 2003 with a more comprehensive research report to be released in 2004 comparing patient results in Project Walk vs. traditional rehabilitation programs over a 15 month timeframe.

    Researchers will begin testing new clients on their first day at Project Walk and will continue follow-up testing and on-going documentation of each client's progress via monthly/bi-monthly meetings. Doctors and researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine are very interested in studying and documenting the Project Walk methodology and hope to provide on-going assistance to help continuously improve the program with the ultimate goal of shortening recovery time.

    In the last three years, clients participating in Project Walk have experienced recovery beyond that predicted during their initial rehabilitation. Now, in collaboration with the medical and scientific communities, the data to be acquired over the next 15 months will help to support the importance of Project Walk's methods for enhancing recovery following traumatic spinal cord injury. "We are the only recovery center that is not driven by research, but rather by our clients' individual goals", said Ted Dardzinski, founder of Project Walk, Inc. based in Carlsbad, CA. "Project Walk is different because we believe that an SCI patient can recover. We promise to match each client's efforts and to work the clients harder than they would be worked anywhere else. Our job is to assist the client in achieving their recovery goal."

    The team at Project Walk has engaged in thousands of hours working with and understanding the needs of SCI clients. Their program was developed primarily through hours of hands-on work resulting in repeated patterns of improvement and recovery. According to Tammy Dardzinski, co-founder of Project Walk, "After interviewing over 30 new clients from around the United States this summer, we know that our program is very unique and not currently offered anywhere else which is why our partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine comes at a very important time. There are so many individuals who have suffered from spinal cord injuries that need the hope and results we believe Project Walk can provide."

    Currently Project Walk has over 30 SCI clients. Never before have so many SCI clients been in one center with one common goal. The Project Walk team is currently recruiting for SCI clients who would like to participate in this active recovery research program.

    They are currently seeking out clients who have been injured less than six months or up to two years post injury. For more information or to arrange for a trial visit, please email them at projectwalk@cox.net.

    Founded in 1999, Project Walk is a worldwide leader in the SCI recovery arena. It is an intensive workout program for people with spinal cord injuries and a goal of full recovery. The Project Walk program was developed through non-traditional methods by non-traditional trainers. Each has degrees in various fields including kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Their out-of-the-box thinking comes from expertise in the fields of posture and gait analysis, and performance training.

    The company's headquarters are in Carlsbad, CA. Project Walk's web site is located at http://www.projectwalk.org.

    PROJECT WALK, INC.
    2738 LOKER AVENUE, SUITE C, CARLSBAD, CA 92008
    OFFICE: (760) 734-4588
    E-MAIL: projectwalk@cox.net

    Eric Harness,CSCS
    Project Walk


    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Founder/President
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

    #2
    Great News!

    Keep kickin SCI's ASS Snowman!


    peace, jim

    ... [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]...

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      #3
      ok

      Originally posted by Snowman:

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



      PROJECT WALK, INC. TEAMS WITH REHABILITION INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN
      AND WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
      FOR GROUNDBREAKING SPINAL CORD INJURY RECOVERY
      RESEARCH PROJECT



      CARLSBAD, CA - October 10, 2002 - Project Walk, Inc. Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Program in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine will begin an intensive year-and-a-half research project documenting the progress and success of a new SCI recovery program. Launch date is scheduled for October 15, 2002. The first round of findings will be presented at the annual American Paraplegia Society scientific meeting in Las Vegas, NV in 2003 with a more comprehensive research report to be released in 2004 comparing patient results in Project Walk vs. traditional rehabilitation programs over a 15 month timeframe.

      Researchers will begin testing new clients on their first day at Project Walk and will continue follow-up testing and on-going documentation of each client's progress via monthly/bi-monthly meetings. Doctors and researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine are very interested in studying and documenting the Project Walk methodology and hope to provide on-going assistance to help continuously improve the program with the ultimate goal of shortening recovery time.

      In the last three years, clients participating in Project Walk have experienced recovery beyond that predicted during their initial rehabilitation. Now, in collaboration with the medical and scientific communities, the data to be acquired over the next 15 months will help to support the importance of Project Walk's methods for enhancing recovery following traumatic spinal cord injury. "We are the only recovery center that is not driven by research, but rather by our clients' individual goals", said Ted Dardzinski, founder of Project Walk, Inc. based in Carlsbad, CA. "Project Walk is different because we believe that an SCI patient can recover. We promise to match each client's efforts and to work the clients harder than they would be worked anywhere else. Our job is to assist the client in achieving their recovery goal."

      The team at Project Walk has engaged in thousands of hours working with and understanding the needs of SCI clients. Their program was developed primarily through hours of hands-on work resulting in repeated patterns of improvement and recovery. According to Tammy Dardzinski, co-founder of Project Walk, "After interviewing over 30 new clients from around the United States this summer, we know that our program is very unique and not currently offered anywhere else which is why our partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Wayne State University School of Medicine comes at a very important time. There are so many individuals who have suffered from spinal cord injuries that need the hope and results we believe Project Walk can provide."

      Currently Project Walk has over 30 SCI clients. Never before have so many SCI clients been in one center with one common goal. The Project Walk team is currently recruiting for SCI clients who would like to participate in this active recovery research program.

      They are currently seeking out clients who have been injured less than six months or up to two years post injury. For more information or to arrange for a trial visit, please email them at projectwalk@cox.net.

      Founded in 1999, Project Walk is a worldwide leader in the SCI recovery arena. It is an intensive workout program for people with spinal cord injuries and a goal of full recovery. The Project Walk program was developed through non-traditional methods by non-traditional trainers. Each has degrees in various fields including kinesiology, exercise physiology and nutrition. Their out-of-the-box thinking comes from expertise in the fields of posture and gait analysis, and performance training.

      The company's headquarters are in Carlsbad, CA. Project Walk's web site is located at http://www.projectwalk.org.

      PROJECT WALK, INC.
      2738 LOKER AVENUE, SUITE C, CARLSBAD, CA 92008
      OFFICE: (760) 734-4588
      E-MAIL: projectwalk@cox.net

      Eric Harness,CSCS
      http://www.projectwalk.org
      Im still waiting on my free trial... [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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        #4
        Great news, way to go PW!

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          #5
          Project Walk

          I contacted Ted Dardinski via e-mail on 10-9-02 and he provided a prompt reply. Cost of the program is $3,000.00 per month, plus per diem, which could easily cost $1,500.00 (or more) per month. $4,500.00 x 12 months = $54,000 per year. Is there any form of financial assistance available?

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            #6
            Project Walk

            From what I've heard and read, PW is a gimmick. I, too, experienced function beyond what was "predicted" for me -- I still am regaining function. For a C4 C5 quad, I am able to stand, do facilitated walking, have normal sensation, etc., etc. And ALL without ever attending PW. Join a gym and get a personal trainer...it's a lot cheaper!

            Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein

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              #7
              From what I hear and read Mimia Project is just building penthouses and wasting money. But you know what, unless I was there and saw for my own eyes I can"t say anything bad about them. We are here seeing with our own eyes whats going happening with the people here. So please don't put something down untill you see for yourself.
              "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion." — Abraham Lincoln

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                #8
                I was not "putting anything down." I was simply stating MY opinion. I am just as "pro-cure" as the rest of you, but judging from what I have read, PW seems like a waste of $$. What Miami exactly does, I do not know, but I sure haven't seen any "penthouses" at the LIFE Center. Furthermore, I DO know Miami has been GREAT to me: I've participated in studies w/them and hope to do the Lokomat. When I have free time, I work out to keep my body in top shape should a cure arrive.

                Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein

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                  #9
                  Andrea, PW is not a "gimmick". And calling something a gimmick when many clients have invested their lives into an opportunity is putting something down. Could MP be called a gimmick? And Foster didn't knock your opinion nor question your passion for a cure. Why be defensive?

                  Personally Andrea, as someone who has been to and experienced PW they are the real thing and accomplishing real results. If you'd like details I'd be happy to share. Don't knock something unless you have first hand experience.

                  And as far as therapies go when one calculates the investment into recovery do you think that any of us will be able to undergo any cure treatments without laying out big (six figure) bucks? If recovery through exercise comes at a price tag of $50,000 or $10,000 or $70,000 then in the greater context of things isn't it relatively inexpensive?


                  As far as MP, your experiences there, return of function, etc. Good for you. I don't know why people always want to bash them (MP)? I've heard both good and bad.

                  Let's try and remember that we're all after a common goal. Whether it be at PW, MP, etc. Hope and hard work towards the cure.

                  Are you sure you're not echoing your boyfriend's (Rus's) comments / attitude? They sound pretty similar.

                  Peace.

                  Onward and Upward!

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                    #10
                    Investors welcome?

                    Sounds like PW might be a good investment. Are they welcoming any interested investors?

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                      #11
                      Chris,

                      You mentioned in a previous post that you had worked out at Project Walk and plan on returning. I don't remember how long you were there. Could you please share with us what type of exercises you did at PW and any recovery (or sign of recovery) you saw.

                      Thank you, Jan

                      P.S. I agree, we all need to keep an open mind. No sense discarding a therapy before it even has a chance to prove itself, one way or the other. And as far as I'm concerned, ANY return is an accomplishment and should be celebrated.

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                        #12
                        Jan,

                        I was at PW from 09/09 - 09/14. I did spend one day the previous week just checkin' it out and talking to people. Something I would recommend before starting a workout.

                        Workouts; When I got to PW on the 9th (my session started at 10:00am) I immediately got on the floor/mat. Range of motion / stretching to begin. Then a variety of strength tests for balance, coordination, function and stabilization. Push-ups, medicine ball exercises, abdominal, lower back, bridging. For example, we used a product from www.bosu.com to facilitate some of the exercises. This was intensive and lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

                        After lunch it was on to the total gym (www.totalgym.com) for assisted leg presses as well as 'lat'strengthening exercises. Then to the spin-bike for 15mins - 1/2 hour (its amazing to ride a spin bike with no motor control of your legs. By using a hip to hip side to side motion and zero resistance I was able to "spin". Talk about a [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] high!) Lastly I was harnessed in and hoisted above an elliptical trainer (also called a natural runner www.startrac.com) and had my feet positioned and locked down with snowboard bindings. Pressed the button and I was 'walking'. Did that for about an hour.

                        Day 2-4 was the same although the variations were different, as well as the sequence and duration.

                        I need to get going but let me end with this. The exercises and equipment at PW are easily repeatable and achievable within your own home. You are not paying, necessarily, for the equipment at PW. What you are paying for is the customization of YOUR workouts to achieve YOUR goals which may be different than the next person (strength, balance, coordination is different for everyone). You're paying for the experience, guidance, camaraderie, motivation and support. And besides are you going to kick your own butt for 5hrs a day, 5 days a week for however long it takes? Personally, I find it very difficult to do it on my own.

                        Barring any unscheduled problems, I'm scheduled to go and start my recovery program in January.

                        Hope I answered your question(s)?

                        Onward and Upward!

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                          #13
                          Chris,

                          I understand why you feel the need to defend Project Walk, I fully support them also.

                          Bringing Rus up in your response to Andrea, was not cool man. Andrea is a strong and intelligent woman who thinks and speaks on her own. Rus has nothing to do with it.

                          peace, jim

                          ... [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]...

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                            #14
                            Chris

                            I have no voluntary movement below my T-4 injury level 6 months post. However, I have regained some sensation below my injury level, i.e. some abs, hip sensation, etc. Does PW accept, and most importantly, achieve gains with individuals similiar to myself? You've been there and talked with people, so what's your take?

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                              #15
                              Thanks, Jim. Rus and I have never even discussed Project Walk! And, believe it or not, I *am* able to think for myself. Sorry if you construed what I posted as "defensive". I was just offering my opinion. Good for you, Chris ~ I hope you improve. As for me -- I'll keep an open mind and keep doing the same thing you are...but, for free [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

                              Andrea

                              Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein

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