"My name is John Kissane and I have secondary progressive MS. I've been confined to a wheelchair for about 4 years , about the same time I started going to race to walk. I use the wheelchair because I lack balance but I have my strength. Going to race to walk has been a great experience and because of them I suffer no muscle atrophy because of the workouts.
Before going to race to walk my balance was so bad that I couldn't even sit against a wall without flopping over. I can now sit and stand for up to 60 seconds without any aid. Being able to do this has really improved my life.
Every trainer there knows each and every client and they always provide the perfect amount of training for you. I would strongly recommend race to walk to anyone with a disability because I truly believe they can help anyone in any situation, physically and mentally.
Finally, I have a lot of fun going to race to walk and seeing the clients and trainers every week. I truly look forward to it."
— John Kissane
"Race Walk is a phenomenal place! First of all I love it because of the staff, how fun and knowledgeable they are, and how helpful they are. Secondly, the equipment used is state-of-the-art! They find ways to contort my body and move me in ways I never thought I could move. I always feel so refreshed and much stronger after I leave Race to Walk! My body can always tell if I've missed a week.
I have improved so much since I started, by being able to stand up straight, having stronger arms and core, and stronger legs. My daily activities have become a lot easier thank goodness. Thank you Race To Walk for everything!!!"
— Sandy Wurzburger
"I don't even remember what I did with my life before I found Race to Walk. When I was 23, I had a spontaneous brain stem stroke and locked-in syndrome which left me completely paralyzed from head to toe. Soon after, the local rehab hospital ran out of ideas, and gave up on me. Distraught and depressed, I was determined to find some life-saving hope. That hope was Race to Walk. I've been going here twice a week for the last three and a half years and the trainers here aren't even close to running out of ideas and they would never even entertain the idea of giving up on me. Instead, with their unwavering passion and support, they give me a chance - a chance to dream, a chance to live, a chance to fight. After my stroke, I used to be the one crying constantly and hopelessly. Now I'm the one laughing happily and hopeFULLy, as I pump some iron on some of their latest equipment, or practice my walking with the trainers' expertise and enthusiasm. I think it takes someone with a huge heart and thick skin to be able to look past a person's tragedy, and do everything in your power to make that person's life a little bit better. I came to them with maybe five percent of my function, and now I am sixty percent of my function. I have the hope and confidence I will get even better because I KNOW that I'm in good hands."
"Race to Walk has been a blessing in many ways in my life. Yes, physical recovery is the primary focus and the staff is dedicated, knowledgeable and caring. But they are true friends as well. I go to them in times of personal struggle, share with them my person triumphs, and seek their counsel on a regular basis. The entire Race to Walk community is a tight knit one where lasting bonds are formed with clients and trainers alike.."
— David Box
"My name is John Kissane and I have secondary progressive MS. I've been confined to a wheelchair for about 4 years , about the same time I started going to race to walk. I use the wheelchair because I lack balance but I have my strength. Going to race
— John Kissane