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Saturday: First Annual Natalie’s Walk to Benefit Wheels With Wings Foundation

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At the age of 24, while at work Natalie Barnhard became a quadriplegic. On October 22, 2004, a 600-pound exercise weight machine fell over and landed on top of Natalie. She was working as a physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist at the time of injury.

Since then Natalie has been dedicated to intense rehabilitation and recovery therapy. She is committed to programs in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Shepherd Center and First Step Physical Therapy that practice Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT). These facilities have different rehabilitation and healing philosophies, although collectively believe in the ability of people with spinal cord injuries to recover with the possibility of walking again. Natalie continues to work extremely hard and has made incredible improvements and physical gains.

Through the Wheels With Wings Foundation, Natalie hopes is not only to help people with spinal cord injuries but also to raise awareness in the Buffalo and surrounding areas. Her biggest dream is to start a spinal cord recovery center here in Buffalo for people to get the best possible care and support they need.

Saturday, September 8, there will be a 5K benefit walk to raise money for the Wheels With Wings Foundation, starting from the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. It’s too late to register as a walker, but not to late to support the foundation or to take part in the festivities. Learn more here.