Well it’s taken a little while to follow up on the first official event for The Here and Now Project, but that’s okay!! The 2013 Green Lake Walk and Roll put on by The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington was a resounding success!! With a turnout of over 400 people – a healthy mix of quadriplegics, paraplegics, able-bodied family members, doctors, lawyers, physical and occupational therapists – the paralysis community was well represented! The people at SCIAW said it was by far the largest turnout they had ever seen. We lucked out with some fantastic weather, and everyone who attended seemed to have a great time.
Over at the Here and Now Project tent, we had a constant flow of visitors stopping by to spin the price wheel for H&NP swag like T-shirts, keychains and stickers. And we also gave out custom water bottles to every person in a chair that needed one. To top it off, our map quest was a major hit! It was a great visual reminder that we are not alone with our struggles up here in the Northwest.
All in all, the day was a blast! We met so many people, made a ton of connections and had so many meaningful conversations; all of which serve as further motivation to push forward with the greater vision for The Here and Now Project of connecting people and improving their quality of life. Because wherever you are, there are people in your area who have been through similar circumstances – survivors and supporters – who understand paralysis in a way few others do. It’s time to find those people. It’s time to connect, to share, and to “do life.”
For more pictures from the Walk and Roll, make sure to check us out on Facebook. And while you’re there, make sure to click “like” for us!! And stay tuned for more updates!