Going above and beyond is kind of our thing.
Our facilities are our priority but, we like to make an impact in other ways as well. Here are some of the things we have been up to recently!
A LOOK BACK AT 2017
Thank you for your tremendous support in 2017! This past year has been our biggest in terms of growth. We expanded to Orlando, Atlanta, and Kansas City. This was a dream come true for our organization and we have you to thank for it.
NEXTSTEP’S LOS ANGELES PARALYSIS RECOVERY CENTER TO EXPAND INTO THREE NEW CITIES
Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2016) – NextStep (www.nextstepfitness.org), a nationally
recognized non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for life-long health and
recovery for people suffering from paralysis, announces today that it will expand its Los
Angeles based paralysis recovery center to Atlanta, Kansas City, and Orlando.
NextStep is partnering with three existing world-class paralysis recovery centers to provide
cutting-edge rehab and fitness services to individuals suffering from paralysis, including:
spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy,
Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.
These additional training centers will become part of the NextStep brand, and continue to
lead the way in their respective communities to improve the lives of thousands of
individuals that are suffering from paralysis.
NextStep Atlanta and NextStep Kansas City join NextStep Los Angeles on September 12th,
while NextStep Orlando will join the collaborative network on October 1st. NextStep’s goal
is to open NextStep paralysis recovery centers across the country to ensure an improved
quality-of-life and a continuum of care for this underserved population.
"This expansion represents an important milestone in NextStep’s history,” says NextStep
President and founder Janne Kouri. “We are now positioned to help more people, increase
awareness about an overlooked cause, and establish NextStep as the model for other
centers and communities to follow.”
Paul Pickard, Executive Director of NextStep Atlanta, adds: “Through this collaboration, our
centers will increase the incredible impact we are already making and together, we will
ensure that our centers offer the most cutting-edge, progressive, research based services in
NEXTSTEP LAUNCHES WOUNDED VETERAN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND THANKS TO THE SNOW2SAND RACE!
Led by paralyzed athlete, Mike Murphy and retired USMC Sergeant, Brendan O’Toole, a team of friends biked from Colorado to California in support of NextStep. The goal of the campaign was to raise funds to establish an inaugural Wounded Veterans Scholarship at NextStep, in order to provide the opportunity for life-long health and recovery for wounded veterans suffering from paralysis. This amazing group of friends did just that by raising over $102,000!!!
10 bikers rode from Call to Arms Brewery in Denver, CO to The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA. A ~1,300 mile course in 8 days.
WASHINGTON, DC, QUALITY OF LIFE GRANTS
Each year, NextStep awards QOL grants to individuals in various communities to support their medical needs. We help purchase equipment, provide financial support for nursing care, help folks modify their homes, and more.
This years Washington, DC recipients were; Ty Williams and Tim Strachan.
NEXTSTEP PARTNERS WITH "Revived Soldiers UKRAINE"
This past year we partnered with Revived Soldiers Ukraine to provide much needed rehab for Ukrainian service members injured in war. Sadly, they have limited services available to them back home but, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help them recover and get healthy.
Revived Soldiers Ukraine: www.rsukraine.org
Accessible Housing in kenya
NextStep is building a new accessible home for Kennedy Nganga in Mombassa, Kenya. Today, Kennedy, a quadriplegic, lives in a shack with no running water or electricity. Kennedy is excited to spend this Christmas in his new home!
Kennedy recently sent us a message and painted a beautiful impressionist adaptation of our NextStep logo!
"My dear bro. Greetings from Mombasa Kenya. I completed doing electricity wiring on my better disability house project this afternoon. From tomorrow, I will be fitting the doors shutters and will keep you updated. Thank you so so much for making all this possible and may God bless you and your group so abundantly," Kennedy.
NextStep’s for SCI Video
Produced by NextStep, "NextSteps for SCI" is a basic guide for newly injured folks and their families. It is by no means a comprehensive step-by-step guide, but it gives you the basics to help you through this challenging time. It will help you through your days in acute care, in rehab, and then transitioning home.