Three young Melbourne quadriplegics, who now walk, have secured the exclusive licensing rights from Project Walk™, a spinal cord injury recovery centre in the USA, to establish the first Project Walk™ Facility in Melbourne.
Rhiannon Tracey, Josh Wood and Irwin Vale are three young Australians who in the prime of their young lives became quadriplegics through accidents. They were told by doctors in Melbourne that they would never walk again. All three have proved them wrong by achieving the so-called ‘impossible’.
Rhiannon, Josh and Irwin are actively involved in the promotion and establishment of this world-class “one-stop-shop” facility to be opened in Melbourne, the first in Australia, when the funds are raised.
Experience is everything and spinal cord injury is the loneliest injury one can suffer as no two injuries are alike, so for a facility such as Project Walk™, it is critical for it to be founded and run by people that live and breathe this injury and who have a raw and pure passion for helping the spinal cord injury community in Australia.
The empathy and understanding that Rhiannon, Josh, Irwin and their families bring to Project Walk™, Melbourne will set it up as a real alternative to traditional rehabilitation models and the minimal emphasis that is put on recovery through the public health care system.
Project Walk™ Melbourne facility will be not-for-profit. It will offer hope through a far more “open-minded” approach to intensive exercise-based recovery for spinal cord injured people and their families, who are looking for an alternative, to improve their situation after their release from hospital and the rehabilitation system.
Project Walk™ team will be holding a Black Tie Gala Ball, (Bringing Project Walk TM to Melbourne) on Saturday 23rd of July at the Centre Ivanhoe. Tickets at www.oztix.com.au.