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One Good Turn Around Manhattan

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Think I can waterski around Manhattan in one shot to raise money for 60 injured veterans? Please bet that I can. Thanks for your help.  See more

BENEFITING: NYU Langone Medical Center

EVENT DATE: Sep 18, 2011

Mary Kocy

THE STORY:

 

I’ve teamed up with Dr. Steven Flanagan at The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and HR/NY to create a one-of-a-kind venture that has the potential to help veterans regain their confidence and successfully prepare for work and independence after facing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

On September 18th (rain date September 25th) at dawn I plan to waterski One Good Turn Around Manhattan in order to raise awareness and financial support for a unique pilot program at the Rusk Institute.

Many of the soldiers returning from active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan have sustained mild TBI or PTSD, which often inhibits their ability to lead an independent life and find employment after returning home from duty. Dr. Flanagan’s program will address these issues in two ways: First, neuroimaging will bolster the efforts of physicians and scientists to improve treatment techniques for TBI and PTSD. Second, the program will provide all participants with rehabilitative services, employment mentors; training to reenter the workforce; paid internships, support for finding full-time employment and support to increase job retention for twelve months after employment is secured.

I know, it sounds nuts! Traumatic brain injury and waterskiing and I am not even a real athlete—I hadn’t waterskied until vacation last summer when I got up in the Hudson River. Maybe it was the PCBs talking, but I started believing that I could make it around Manhattan for a cause. As I searched for a worthwhile cause something clicked. For years our company, Rusk Renovations has received misplaced calls for the Rusk Institute. Why not do something with Rusk for the benefit of veterans?

This is that something. With your support—and my ability to hold onto the end of a rope for 33 miles—we can offer support and better outcomes for these brave men and women who gave their service to our country. $1,500 can provide the full range of the programs services for one veteran.

The Program:

 

Part I

$13,000 Provides neuroimaging brain scans and rehabilitation for 20 veterans.
 

Part II

$112,000

Provides vocational rehabilitation career counseling, mentoring and assistance for up to 60 veterans.

$1,500

Provides funding for 1 veteran’s full participation in the program.

 

You can donate a lump sum or pledge by the mile. All donations will be helpful and greatly appreciated. No amount is too small because every dollar raised on this site will be applied directly to program costs.

Place your bets on whether I can make it around Manhattan without crashing into the Staten Island Ferry or getting eaten by an alligator escaped from the New York City sewers. You’ll be supporting our veterans through an important new research and rehabilitation project that shows great promise for them and for so many other people.

You can donate a lump sum or pledge by the mile. All donations will be helpful and greatly appreciated. No amount is too small because every dollar raised on this site will be applied directly to program costs.

Click here to find out more about sponsorship levels for One Good Turn Around Manhattan.

Please join me in One Good Turn Around Manhattan by donating today. Your gift is tax deductible.

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Donor Comments

Eve

Eve

DONATION: $40

GO MOMSKA 6 years ago

Lillian

Lillian

DONATION: $50

I bet you'll make it all the way around...on your butt 6 years ago