NextStep Orlando Wins 1st Place in the Victory Cup Initiative

Orlando, FL (February 2, 2017) - NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for life-long health and recovery for people suffering from paralysis, announces today that NextStep Orlando, Florida's premier paralysis recovery center, has been awarded 1st Place and $20,000 at the Victory Cup Initiative.

The Victory Cup Initiative ( is a platform where companies come together for philanthropic investing with a twist. This unique event is designed to provide a high-profile opportunity for charitable organizations to tell their stories, build their strategies and partner with business and community leaders to make a difference in Central Florida.



Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2016) – NextStep (, 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
the world.”

HLN's Morning Express "#GivingExpress: NextStep Fitness: Gym inspires hope in the paralyzed"

Morning Express’ sports correspondent Brian McFayden is passionate about all things sports and fitness, so it's only natural that Brian selected NextStep Fitness as his charity for #GivingExpress.

NextStep Fitness in Lawndale, California, is a non-profit organization that founder Janne Kouri says provides a ‘progressive, state-of-the art, community based fitness, health, and wellness facility for people that are living with paralysis.’

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CBS "The Doctors" TV Show - In sickness and in health

In Sickness and in Health Janne was a “guys’ guy” and Georgetown University football player when he met Susan – a young woman with a promising career in finance. The two fell in love and enjoyed being active together, until a tragic accident left Janne paralyzed, changing the couple’s life forever. Now, more than six years later, Janne and Susan are married and not only helping Janne regain control of his legs, but others who’ve suffered from spinal cord injuries.