Paralyzed Teen Fulfills Vow to Walk at High School Graduation

A dream 17 years-in-the-making came true for a California boy when he got out of his wheelchair and walked to accept his high school diploma.

Patrick Ivison, a senior at Scripps High School in San Diego, was just 14-months-old when he was run over by a stranger’s car while walking with his mom, Jennifer Kayler. The September 1995 accident left Ivison with a spinal cord injury so severe he was paralyzed from the waist down.

After six weeks in the hospital, Ivison was sent home in a wheelchair. The family’s life was changed forever, but they kept their spirits high.

“I was just grateful. I was grateful he was with me,” Kayler told local ABC affiliate ABC10.  “I was grateful that I get to hear him laugh and the fact that he was going to be in a wheelchair didn’t matter.” (more…)

Yoga instructor leads students to a healthy, balanced life

We are so proud to feature Healing Moves member Lisa Everett-Bridgewater.  Lisa’s warm and caring personality, along with her extensive expertise in rehabilitative exercise, provides clients with the nurturing environment needed to restore and maintain health.  After Lisa’s yoga classes you will always hear remarks such as, “I feel so much better.” “Lisa is like a breath of fresh air.”

Lisa has always had a passion to help others live a full and productive life, focusing on the healing power of movement.  Lisa has been a licensed physical therapist since 1981, working with clients at all stages of life, in a variety of rehabilitation settings. (more…)

Rare But Strong Together!

We want to build a better world for patients with rare diseases!  “Solidarity” is this year’s theme stressing the importance and need for collaboration as well as mutual support in the field of rare diseases.February 29, 2012 marks the fifth international Rare Disease Day. On this day hundreds of patient organizations from more than 50 countries worldwide are organizing awareness-raising activities converging around the slogan “Rare but strong together”.

Rare diseases are life-threatening or chronically debilitating illnesses. Due to the low prevalence of each disease, medical experts are rare, knowledge is scarce, care offering inadequate, and research is limited. Very few cures exist. While the diseases are rare, collectively they affect more than 60 million people in the U.S. and Europe alone. Despite their great overall number, rare disease patients are the orphans of health systems which are often denied diagnosis, treatment and the benefits of research. (more…)

Breast Cancer Exercise Specialists Photo Gallery

Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist Graduating Class 2011

Click on the image to see the photo gallery of the Pink Ribbon Workshop.

The Healing Moves Foundation hosted an interactive two day workshop in November 2011.  Master Instructor Doug Saunders with the Pink Ribbon Program provided the participants with a knowledge base that is essential to the successful evaluation of the breast cancer survivor, from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphedema and proper exercise guidelines and protocols.  Physical therapists, Pilates instructors, personal trainers, lymphedema treatment specialists and nurses throughout California and Nevada attended our event.

We would like to thank our co-sponsor Saint Mary’s Center for Health & Fitness for supplying their beautiful facility and for all of the delicious meals and snacks served throughout the event!!


Progress Made on Physical Activity Guidelines Initiative

As a member of the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition, we are pleased to report significant progress being made in Washington, D.C. 

In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, the Coalition was able to obtain bipartisan support from Congress urging her to begin the process of reviewing and renewing the federal physical activity guidelines issued in 2008.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans include recommendations of the types and amounts of physical activity that people of any age or ability level should perform to gain important health benefits.  Because of the rapidly evolving nature of our scientific understanding of the benefits of exercise, we believe the guidelines must be reviewed at least every five years, as are federal dietary guidelines.

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