Treadmill Walk-a-Thon Held To Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Updated: Sunday, July 20 2014, 08:47 AM EDT
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OSU CAMPUS (Jen
French) -- People at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
will be walking non-stop this weekend--on treadmills.


Called the "Walk to Victory Over Paralysis," 19 current and former
patients with spinal cord injuries will take their turn on a special
treadmill during a 24-hour fundraising and awareness event for the
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network (NRN).


When it comes to working out, patience is one of Joseph Lindsay's
strongest attributes. Five years ago, the OSU delivery truck driver got
into a crash and temporarily lost his ability to walk. Though doctors
were uncertain, Lindsay regained strength in his legs months after the
accident.


"I didn't realize that I would have been in that bad of shape when it first happened," Joseph Lindsay said.


"It was very difficult--but it's been very rewarding to watch Joe make so much progress," Chris Whalen said, Lindsay's wife.


It's progress physical therapist Jessica Barbel likes to see.


"To go from a severe injury and go back to their everyday life, being
part of their family being part of their friends," Barbel said.
Walk
to Victory Over Paralysis events are being held at eight wellness
facilities nationwide, meaning more than 400 people are taking turns on
treadmills. Supporters hope to raise $330,000 nationwide. Money will be
used to help spinal-cord injury patients get better access to new,
activity-based therapies.

Treadmill Walk-a-Thon Held To Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
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