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This past Friday, I attended the NJ Abilities Expo on behalf of the Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center. It was the first of a three-day expo and sure started off great! I met so many people, both general public and vendors, some familiar faces that I've met before, and others new.
Our booth (pictured at right) was right across from Matheny Medical and Educational Center. My coworker, Donna, Director of Quality of Life Grants, actually used to work at Matheny 17 years ago, so it was lovely to see the connection she had to them. The representatives of Matheny were so kind to everyone who came to their booth, and they sure did show that kindness to us as well. At one point, Sean Murphy, Principal at Matheny, came to our booth and thanked us profusely for a 2011 Quality of Life grant to fund eye tracking & scanning computer assistive technology. This was incredibly touching as Sean expressed the thanks and freedom this grant provided to students (one of which was featured in a video at their booth.)
Another person met was Paulette of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She wasn't an exhibitor, but a member of the public who came to our booth for information (and was very excited about our magnets!) Paulette actually works as specially-trained therapist at our NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) at Kessler; her enjoyment for her career just oozes out of her. She works with Justin Thompson, a NRN participant at Kessler who I have had the pleasure of meeting several times. I love meeting people like her, people who love their work, and even better love helping other people.
I also have to give a big shout out Deep River Snacks who provided chips to give away at our table. These aren't just any chips though, they are 1. delicious! (Sea Salt & vinegar, yum!) and 2. represent the Reeve Foundation on the bag. (Have a look at the picture at left.) Thank you Deep River for the chips!
For everyone who stopped by the booth, and grabbed a bag of chips, they needed somewhere to carry them right (that is if they didn't eat them right away from being so good!) That's where our friends at HDS Medallion came in. This company makes bags for use on wheelchairs.
HDS has been featured in our Holiday Gift Guide for Individuals Living with Paralysis and generously donated a bag to our 2012 Best Mom on Wheels winner, Edna, last year. (Speaking of, the 2013 contest is going on now - get your nominations in by May 14!) They also donate a portion of their sale of certain bags back to the Reeve Foundation!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and received information about our work! A great day at Abilities filled with lots of education, what's better than that?!
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