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January 2016 E-News


Our Mount Sinai SCI Team hopes that your holidays were joyous and healthy. We are looking forward to an exciting and action packed 2016. The Ekso and ReWalk Programs as well as Stemcell Study will be continuing in the new year. The Annual Life Challenge Ski Trip has been rescheduled due to lack of snow to February 19-21st at Pico Mountain in Vermont. The "Learn to Swim Program", skydiving, kayaking, and jet skiing are just a few of the activities we have planned for 2016. Get moving and join us and remember:
For comments or story ideas please contact Jim Cesario.
Annual Do-It! Holiday Party
The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center's SCI Do-It! Program held its Annual Holiday Party on the in-patient unit on KCC-2. Over 40 inpatients and out-patients share in the festivities. Thanks go out to Val and Clarisse from Therapeutic Recreation  and "Oscarino" from Rehab, who are always there to give a hand. 
SCI Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center 

The MSKTC works closely with researchers in the 14 SCI Model Systems to develop resources for people living with spinal cord injuries and their supporters. These evidence-based materials are available in a variety of platforms such as printable PDF documents, videos, and slideshows.

Click here to learn more about the SCI Model Systems program.

ReWalk Is Now Available
For Personal Use
Below is a message from our outpatient Robert Woo who has been so instumental in assisting us with the Mount Sinai Bionics Program.

"Vivian and I are very happy to announce our purchase and delivery of the current personal ReWalk 6.0 which had met all my needs in terms of comfort, safety, continued health and wellbeing.  We will continue our support for the Mount Sinai Bionics Program and other affiliated programs that benefit all.  It is our hope that all those who wants to walk again will one-day have that wish fulfilled.  I want to personally thank all those who supported and guided me throughout the years at Mount Sinai and I hope to be able inspire and give back as much as I can.  We wish you all a wonderful 2016."

If you are interested in finding out more about the Rewalk or Ekso Bionics Program here at Mount Sinai contact Jacqueline Gurevich at If you live in Upstate New York you can contact Scott Reeves at 978-992-6340 or
Peer Mentor Training
Are you interested in reaching out and helping another person who has recently become spinal cord injured? The Mount Sinai Peer Mentoring Program will be sponsoring a Mentor Training on February 26. Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship between someone who has successfully coped with spinal cord injury (SCI) and someone who is trying to deal with it. If you are interested in volunteering to become a peer mentor contact Jim Cesario at 212 824 8369 or 
Hollister Donation Program
Hollister Urological Company through United Spinal Association is offerring two brands of catheters for free:
  • VaPro Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter 
    • The VaPro Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter is the only prehydrated and ready to use hydrophilic catheter with protective tip and sleeve. Easy open package. Latex-fee. 
  • Apogee Intermittent Catheter 
    • Non-lubricated intermittent catheter features smooth eyelets designed for comfort. Latex-free. 
Supplies are limited and distribution is based on a first come first serve basis
If your interested contact Nick LiBassi at United Spinal.
Life Challenge Upcoming Events
Vermont Ski Trip-Rutland VT-February 19-21, 2016
Learn to Swim- 54 Street Rec. Center-April 18-May 16, 2016
Kayaking-Sebago Club Brooklyn NY-May 2016
Skydive- New Paltz NY-Jume 10, 2016
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Jim Cesario.
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