Will2Walk Scholarship & Sponsorship Program Awards over $20,000 in 2014

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Will2Walk delivers six awards to support quality of life initiatives for those with spinal cord injuries

Chandler, AZ – (December 22, 2014)  Will2Walk, an Arizona-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of spinal cord injury research and improving quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injuries, announced it has awarded $20,100 in scholarships to two individuals and sponsorships to four organizations in 2014. The Will2Walk Scholarship & Sponsorship Program is designed to provide funding to individuals and qualified organizations that exemplify how those with spinal cord injuries can live a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.

Applications are evaluated by the Will2Walk Board of Directors to determine funding for requests that improve daily life for those living with spinal cord injury or organizations committed to research. With a maximum of $5,000 awarded, 2014 awards were delivered to individuals for equipment, a company developing rehabilitative systems and events/teams that raise awareness and support the SCI community.

“The Will2Walk Scholarship and Sponsorship program allows us to extend support to individuals and organizations that share our mission,” Rich Hamill, President. “We invite individuals with spinal cord injuries to apply to cover part or all of the cost for items and services such as fitness memberships, team dues, everyday living supplies, or participation in a special event related to spinal cord injuries.”

Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS) – A $3,000 sponsorship went to AzDS in support of their 5th Annual Run, Walk and Roll event, a 5K/10K.  With the motto “Let no one sit on the sidelines,” AzDS is dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disabilities.

Barrow’s Day on the Lake – Barrow in Phoenix, Arizona received a $3000 sponsorship in support of the only adapted watersports program offered in Arizona for those with physical and neurological disabilities.

G-Therapeutics – Located in Switzerland, G-Therapeutics is developing an implantable stimulation system to restore voluntary motor control of the paralyzed limbs in paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals, as well as a robot-assisted training program.  Will2Walk granted G-Therapeutics a $5,000 sponsorship to partly cover costs of attending Masschallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator.

Jason Graber takes his new handcycle, purchased in part with funds from his Will2Walk scholarship, for a spin.

Jason Graber takes his new handcycle, purchased in part with funds from his Will2Walk scholarship, for a spin.

Jason Graber – A resident of Phoenix, Arizona, Jason was awarded $3,100 for a new Invacare Top End Force 3 handcycle for training and competitive racing.  In 1994, Jason was injured in a roll over car accident. Since then, he’s grown as an athlete, looking for ways to be active and competitive. Cycling not only allows him to train and compete, but also to enjoy rides with his wife and taking his dogs out for long runs.

Joseph Jackson – Joseph Jackson of Phoenix, Arizona was awarded $3500 for a new rugby chair that will be used in competition with the Phoenix Heat Wheelchair Rugby Team. At age 16, Joseph suffered a football injury that left him an incomplete c6 quadriplegic. A student at Arizona State University, Joseph sees wheelchair rugby as feeding his competitive spirit and helping him stay active and fit.  “My goal is to eventually represent Team USA, and with this new (chair) design and more experience, I am sure I will get there sooner rather than later.”

Phoenix Heat Rugby Team – Will2Walk continues as a proud sponsor of the nationally ranked wheelchair rugby team, the Phoenix Heat, with a sponsorship donation of $2,500.

Contact: Amy.Munoz@Will2Walk.org

About Will2Walk
Will2Walk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to bring attention to current spinal cord injury research and treatment while enhancing the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. Educational programs, life-skill mentorships, public awareness programs and community outreach services are the primary elements of the Will2Walk mission.

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