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Summer 2016 E-News

Mount Sinai Annual Fun Run

The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center held its Annual Fun Run and Roll in Central Park on a gorgeous summer day, Wednesday June 22nd.  Approximately 60 racers completed the course around the East Meadow Bowl to a cheer of fellow patients, friends and Mount Sinai staff.  The race participants ran, walked, pushed their wheelchairs or were assisted by therapists to finish the race. Prior to the race the Do-it! Program spin class was excited to take the hand cycles outdoors again around the course.  The Do-It! Team worked hard again this year to organize and execute annual run that is enjoyed by all.
Dr. Ragnarsson Says Goodbye
Our Dr. Ragnarsson, finished his last Fun Run race in impressive time as the Rehab Chairman as he is retiring this month. Our new Rehab Department Chairman, Dr. Herrera, finished his first Fun Run to an energetic crowd.
Take the Swim Challenge
On Wednesday July 13th Mount Sinai Life Challenge kicked off its Summer swim program at Marcus Garvey Outdoor Pool. It was well attended with 8 participants and 5 Mount Sinai Volunteers.  The swim program brought together experienced and novice swimmers. Those who were experienced aided in helping the newly injured learn great swimming techniques.It was a rewarding day for both volunteers and participants.The Mount Sinai Life Challenge Swimming Program will be held every Wednesday until August 10th 2016. Volunteers are always welcome. For further information please contact Jim Cesario at (212) 824-8369.
C.A.R.E Program Attends
Circus Du Soleil
Mount Sinai’s Recreational Therapy Department in conjunction with the Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association held a trip to Broadway! The group of 20 people met to see the first showing of Paramour, by Circus Du Soleil. The show dazzled everyone with singing, dancing, and amazing acrobatic talents.  
The group consisted of newly injured inpatients from Mount Sinai Rehabilitation, and those who have returned to the community.  For those who are newly injured it was an opportunity to go into the community with the guidance from those who have more experience and understanding to their situation.  It was great for the inpatients to hear how those who coming from the community arrived that day and how they travel on a daily basis.  It also was a time for everyone to come together and share in the experience of being at this theater and show for the first time post injury. 
2nd Annual Handcycle Clinic
 The Do It! Program of Mount Sinai’s outpatient PT department held its second annual Hand Cycling event in Central Park on May 25th and this year had the pleasure of partnering with the Achilles Track Club. Twelve enthusiastic participants came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and race around the park on the hand cycles. Participants look forward to the chance to get out on the bikes, which are typically inside for spin classes, every year. The event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce individuals with disabilities to the world of recreational and competitive sport using adaptive equipment and Achilles certainly has some new track club members after this event!
United Spinal Association Unveils Pathways to Employment
Mentoring Program

The mission of United Spinal Association’s Pathways to Employment (PTE) Program is to support the pursuit of new job opportunities and a successful career for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

How It Works
The PTE program partners with employers to place people with SCI in workplace jobs and provides trained peer mentors, resources, and professional support to facilitate return to work, including information about benefits and the transition to employment.

Go to Pathways to Employment to find out more about this exciting opportunity

Adaptive Paddling 
Kimmy Kim looking confident and ready for action
Recreational Therapists, Valerie Miller and Rebecca Cesario, along with the Sebago Canoe Club and the American Canoe Association held an two-day adaptive kayak training course. For the first day participants trained on how to build safe insert seats into kayaks. On the second day everyone was able to do hands on training with a handful of brave volunteers.The boats were custom built and constructed to fit each volunteer to their needs. Throughout the whole training everyone was all smiles as we worked together and figured out what would work best. Now everyone is trained, we are hoping to see more people out on the water! NYCSCIA and Mount Sinai will be sponsoring an August and September Kayakapaloza that will be open to all persons with disabiities. Stay tune for details.
Sebago Canoe club has Open Paddle on Wednesday and Saturdays until Labor Day. 
Life Challenge Upcoming Events
Swim Series Program- July 13-August 10th
Kayaking-Sebago Club Brooklyn NY-August & September
Glider Flying- Blairstown, NJ-September
Skydive- New Paltz, NY-September 9th

For info or to reserve a spot, contact Jim Cesario.
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