Young Woman Checks Bungee Jumping Off Her Bucket List!

Today’s blog is a video of an adrenaline junkie, checking one more thing off her bucket list. Bungee Jumping is one of the easiest ways to get your adrenaline pumping and to get that feeling of your stomach jumping up into your throat. Whistler Bungee created a safe and memorable experience for Tara Weber who is a paraplegic. She was literally thrown off the side of a bridge. With a smile from ear to ear she seemed to have a great jump!

It’s a bucket list,

Michelle Wolfe, RMT
Protocol Therapist, Director of Social Media
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Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life

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Each and every day we all live with our own personal struggles. Whether they are physical limitations, emotional stress, or financial burdens, we all have something we are dealing with. Although these times can be stressful and scary, things seems to be better when working it out with the support of family, friends and even helpful strangers. In the past month or two we have posted about a GoFundMe fundraiser for a well deserving family in need. Rafi Shiwa is a new young father who fell from his bed, hitting his head resulting in him becoming quadriplegic. Life as a father can be difficult on its own but now this family has to deal with the financial burden of medical costs.

Another client at our clinic is Jeff Marshall. While Jeff was in the hospital dealing with an injury resulting in him becoming paraplegic, a complete life change, he and his family took it upon themselves to raise money for Spinal Cord Injury. They stumbled across 3E Love Life Awareness Bracelets which helped them raise thousands of dollars.

Little did we know, Jeff and Rafi actually knew each other from the hospital. In fact, it was Rafi who told Jeff to look into Aim2Walk for his therapy. Once Jeff found out about the GoFundMe fundraiser for Rafi, he knew he wanted to help in any way he could. Jeff has kindly donated the remainder of the bracelets to Aim2Walk to help raise money for Rafi.

The unique heart and wheelchair symbol, used on the bracelets was designed by a young girl named Annie Hopkins. She had a vision and she explains it on her website:

3E Love, LLC. is a social entrepreneurial experiment to change the perception of disability. The company was started by siblings Annie & Stevie Hopkins in 2007 with the intent of promoting their unique symbol and social model of disability. The company’s trademarked International Unknown.jpegSymbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo) is the drive behind it’s social mission to provide the tools for others to embrace diversity, educate society, and empower each other to love life. What was once just a small Chicago disability pride clothing brand is now an international movement of acceptance. People with disabilities are everywhere, and thousands of t-shirts and other items later, so is the 3E Love message.

“3E Love is more than living disabled but is simply about living. Everyone has the freedom to live their life. We challenge you to do what you love, because you’ll meet some amazing people along the way, and that, our friends, is how you’ll enjoy this ride that 3E Love calls, life.

Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life.”
– 3E Love Founder, Annie Hopkins (1984-2009)

Working together as friends, family and one community will help make the impossible possible. If you would like to help Rafi on his journey please donate on his GoFundMe page and/or purchase a bracelet from Aim2Walk.

Michelle Wolfe

Meet Us At The Track and Try Wheelchair Racing.

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Michelle Stilwell Won Gold at ParaPan Am Games

Did you get a chance to watch any of the ParaPan Am sporting events?  It was an inspiring and exciting experience!  Not to mention, Canada rocked the games finishing second with 168 medals, 50 gold, 63 silver and 55 bronze. Canada truly made us proud to be Canadian and I’m sure the spirit of the athletes inspired many others.

Athletics Canada recognizes that we have talented athletes here in Canada and they are always looking for more!  A few weeks back, we had Athletics Canada and ParaPan Am athlete Wes Vick attend our client appreciation day.  Many of our clients had the experience to get into a racing chair and practice pushing. This coming Tuesday, August 18th, from 1-3 you too can have a chance to try wheelchair racing.  Athletics Canada will be bringing various chairs to Centennial Park Stadium in Etobicoke for anyone and everyone to try. Young and old, fit and the not so fit, please join us at the track.  There will be help to get you in and out of the chairs and there will be various styles of chairs for different levels of injury.

Unknown-1Please let us know if you will be joining us for the afternoon so we can be prepared with chairs. You can contact Athletics Canada Para-Athletic Recruiter Adam Janssen at ajanssen@athletics.ca or call him at 416-951-1981. You can also contact myself at michelle@aim2walk.ca.

We hope to see you all Tuesday!

Michelle Wolfe
www.aim2walk.ca