Michigan native Rich Hamill hosts Third Annual Golf Scramble fundraiser in Port Sanilac to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries
Port Sanilac, MI June 22, 2012 - The Will2Walk Foundation, led by Michigan native Rich Hamill, is hosting a Golf Scramble on July 28, 2012 in Port Sanilac, MI at the picturesque Huron Shores Golf Club.
Tickets are $75, which includes the scramble and a catered lunch. For those who want to show their support, but do not want to golf, lunch-only tickets are available for $20 each.
On-site registration will begin at 7:30 in the morning; the scramble begins at 8. Lunch will be from 1-4. Anyone can participate in this fun event; all levels of skill are welcome.
Bettering the lives of those with spinal cord injuries
This annual event is one of the main ways Will2Walk raises funds to help people with spinal cord injuries live healthy lives. Last year’s scramble generated more than $12,000 in donations. The organization hopes to double its success this year, with a fundraising goal of $25,000.
Funds generated by this event will support Will2Walk’s mission to promote awareness about spinal cord injuries and educate people with spinal cord injuries about what they can do today to prepare for the cure.
10% of proceeds from the Third Annual Will2Walk Golf Scramble will be donated to the Southeast Michigan Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.
Will2Walk needs Michigan’s help
Sponsorship openings are still available for companies and organizations who would like to help change the lives of people with spinal cord injuries. Volunteers are welcome, as well.
Signup details for sponsors and volunteers are available through the Will2Walk website,www.will2walk.org.
About Rich Hamill and the Will2Walk Foundation
Deckerville-raised Rich Hamill sustained paralysis from the shoulders down in 1992 at age 18, due to an automobile accident.
He started the Will2Walk Foundation in 2009 to improve the lives of those with spinal cord injuries and to promote awareness of spinal cord injuries. The organization believes that maximum awareness can and will be achieved through a broad range of education about fitness, health, and treatment options.
For more information, please contact Rich Hamill at 480-231-7256, or visit www.will2walk.org.
Will2Walk Foundation @Will2Walk Introduces “Back to Work,” a New Series to Help People with Spinal Cord Injuries Re-Enter the Workforce.
The Will2Walk Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to creating awareness of spinal cord injuries and enhancing the quality of life for the injured, provides much-needed education to help people with SCIs reinter the workforce with a new series of articles entitled Back to Work.
Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) October 13, 2011—Re-entering the workforce can be a terrifying proposition for someone afflicted with a spinal cord injury (SCI).
The Will2Walk Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping people with SCIs live healthy lives, demystifies the process of re-entering the workforce with a new series of articles on www.will2walk.org entitled “Back to Work.”
“In my 18 years of having paralysis, I have met hundreds of other injured people who are afraid to go back into the workforce,” says Will2Walk Founder, Rich Hamill. “At our organization, we believe that resuming a work life can help the injured physically, mentally, and financially and we want to help make this goal achievable with this important educational series.”
Expert tips and advice
Over the next several weeks, Back to Work will help educate those with SCIs, their families, and prospective employers by answering these important questions on hiring people with SCIs:
|How soon after injury should someone re-enter the workforce?|
|How does working impact someone receiving a Social Security Disability check?|
|What challenges does someone with an SCI face?|
|What are the biggest fears people with SCIs have about working?|
|Which resources would be helpful for both employers of and employees with SCIs?|
Future articles include more tips and profiles of a working mother, a cancer researcher, and a filmmaker.
Lynette Ballard, the designated Spinal Cord Injury Social Worker at the University of Utah Hospital Rehabilitation Center provides insights for Back to Work. Ballard believes that being employment can provide great benefits for the injured.
“The idea of returning to work should be introduced earlier in the recovery process than it traditionally is,” Ballard says. “Even if someone isn’t able to return to a ‘paying’ job, I know many people with SCIs who volunteer, become mentors, get involved in public speaking, etc. While these are not necessarily the traditional ‘return to work’ scenarios, they are still valid, valuable forms of work that give a person a real sense of productivity and self-worth.”
Employers benefit, too
For employers, hiring people with SCIs can increase workplace diversity in positive ways.
“When [employers] hire someone with a spinal cord injury, they are getting a truly dedicated worker who has overcome great obstacles in order to go back to work,” says Ballard. “That’s a real asset.”
Hamill, who in addition to running Will2Walk has worked as an insurance claims adjuster for over 10 years agrees. “Making workplaces more inclusive can help all employees by providing a unique diversity of thoughts and outlooks.”
Gilbert, Arizona-based Will2Walk Foundation is dedicated to promoting awareness about spinal cord injuries and educate people with spinal cord injuries about what they can do today to prepare for the cure.
The organization believes that maximum awareness can and will be achieved through a broad range of education about fitness, health, and treatment options.
Will2Walk was started by Rich Hamill who sustained paralysis from the shoulders down in 1992 at age 17. Hamill leads Will2Walk to empower those with SCIs to regain control of their lives and prepare for the cure through education and perseverance.
For more information, please contact Rich Hamill at 480-231-7256. www.will2walk.org.