After much anticipation, SCI-FIT Sacramento opened it’s doors on March 20th with Pleasanton alum Jesse Pullin patiently waiting to be the first to try out the new facility. He was greeted by the head management team, Michael Terrell and Kayla Robertson, as well as our newest Neuro Exercise Therapist, Kellie Burns. Kellie has already showed to be a great addition to the team and is looking forward to making an impact at our new location.
On Monday, March 24th, Mike and Kayla spoke at the Placerville Mobility Support Group, where they had the pleasure of meeting Lynn Murray, the founder of the group and an outstanding advocate. Mike and Kayla look forward to participating in upcoming events with him in the Sacramento area, including the Hangtown Cranker Classic hand cycling race on June 28th.
Over the next few weeks, the facility will not only fill up with new equipment, but many new faces as well. You can follow their happenings on Facebook or directly contact them with questions, concerns or well-wishes!
Welcome New Clients
Several new clients have started programs at SCI-FIT this spring. We welcome you to the family!
Our own Neuro Exercise Therapist, Rachael Martinez, is representing SCI-FIT in the CareCure Community online forum. Explore the forum here.
Give Love: A Fundraiser for Tammy Le
Join Tammy and her friends on Friday, April 4th at Motif Nightclub in San Jose. Funds raised will help Tammy purchase an FES bike for her home. For more information, click here.
Read about interesting topics and join the discussion on our SCI-FIT Staff Blog. spinalcordinjury.wordpress.com.
If you would like to announce upcoming fundraising events in our newsletter and through SCIFIT social media, please send details to Erica at email@example.com.
Life Moving Forward Contest
Help Eric Win an Accessible Vehicle
National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association would like to honor local heroes by giving them a chance to win a custom accessible vehicle. Eric is a retired Fresno City Firefighter who still dedicates his life to helping others. He takes the train, or has family members drive him, the 6 hours round trip from Fresno to… Read more »
Pleasanton Facility Announcements
Newly Appointed Staff Roles Stephanie Behrendt, Pleasanton Facility Manager (behrendt@scifit. org) and Rachael Martinez, Assistant Facility Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org) can address schedule change requests, credit card processing and any general questions or concerns you may have. Erica Martin is taking charge of Public and Media Relations by covering our social media sites and community outreach for… Read more »
In 2009, Julia Olson injured her C4/C5 vertebrae in a car accident. After a stint of hopelessness, she found SCI-FIT 4 1/2 years ago, when she began her journey to get back on her feet. Julia is incredibly self-disciplined and motivated. After four years, Julia continues to see progress. A few weeks ago, she was able to stand on her own and took 535 unassisted steps in the walker. Her goals for 2014 include raising enough money to purchase an adaptive vehicle. Outside of SCI-FIT, Julia will be graduating this summer from Oregon State with a B.A. in Anthropology. She recently started working as for WHILL, a company dedicated to changing the negative perception of wheelchair users through innovative design and technology. We are excited to see Julia continue her success inside and outside of the gym.
Watch Julia’s spotlight video on our YouTube channel here.
Check out our youtube videos of our clients doing amazing things under “scifitca”.
SCI Survivor Survey Provides a Platform for Change
Earlier this year, Arash Bayatmakou created and promoted a comprehensive survey to gather more information about other people’s experiences with SCI. The survey questions addressed simple concerns, including the nature of injury, medical prognosis and length of stay in inpatient rehabilitation. Survey participants were also able to express emotional and psychological impacts of the injury…. Read more »
Clients in Action
Elizabeth Jameson Brings Beauty to Brain Scans Elizabeth Jameson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1992. Although the disease ended her career as a nationally recognized public interest lawyer, she quickly found a new interest in art after attending a local art class. Elizabeth pursued her passion and graduated with an art degree from… Read more »