It is something I have been looking to do since this past spring, but, like most things, it took a little bit longer than I expected. There was a lot more paperwork and set up fees than I ever would have imagined. For starters, there was a 41-page application and almost $1,000 in fees to the IRS and the state of North Carolina alone. Fortunately, I was able to have some great people willing to help me out with the legal work, the logo, and even website for little to no cost.
I took my motivation to start The Walk On Foundation from all the help I have received since my accident in addition to all the exciting a promising therapies being worked on by some of the great doctors I have been fortunate to connect with. With another late summer visit to Kennedy-Krieger and Rutgers University this year, I was able to see first-hand evidence that some of the more promising therapies in the works have participants moving muscles they have not moved in over 15 years! It also became more evident that the largest obstacle in making these trial therapies a reality, like a lot of things, is funding. That is why I decided to launch The Walk On Foundation.
The first several months we will be counting on grassroots fundraising to help bring awareness and financial help to this cause. Ideally, I want to get all my contacts to become aware of this need and what is going on in the research world. Please take a moment to check out the website and click on the links or logos to follow or like and even donate in any amount in support of this venture. I am confident with your help, we can make a positive impact on many others suffering with paralysis or from neurological conditions.
Again I think that there is a lot of potential in what we can do through The Walk On Foundation. It is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life of people who have been confined to wheelchairs or may become limited in mobility one day. Thanks again for your help and support!