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~ Let's Get Amy Walking ~

$2,140raised of $75,000 goal
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Organizer: FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc Beneficiary: Amy Paradis

FOOTPRINTS SCI-RECOVERY is a non-profit spinal cord injury recovery center, the first and only of its kind in Eastern Canada. Our focus is to help clients regain strength, function and independence.

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Amy was injured in a motor vehicle accident on December 26, 2009. She broke her C6/C7 vertebrae, leaving her quadriplegic and on life support. Doctors told her that she would never regain her independence, and current research states that any possible recovery will plateau after 18 months. Amy has never given up. Not once. Her trainer, will tell you that she is the most determined individuals that one could ever meet. She is now four years post-injury, and with incredible mental and physical efforts she has regained controlled strength and function in her arms, core, hip and pelvic area, ab/adductors, and most recently - her quadriceps. It is hard to express through text how unbelievable it is to see her progress like this.

Amy has been assessed and qualifies for the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. When we get this incredibly valuable & unique device, she will be the third quadriplegic in the world to be able to use this. It will literally enable her to walk again - it will retrain the body how to go through the motions, and over time her leg muscles will get stronger. We need this.

FootPrints is based in Windsor, Nova Scotia - a small town of under 4,000 people. What we are doing here is incredible, and will have immense impact on future medical research. We need funding, and we need to create awareness, which can be a challenge coming from a small community.

Amy has put together a short video to tell her story. The video on this page was created entirely by her. Please help support in any way you can - share this page with your friends, talk about us, check out our Facebook page, and/or of course you can donate to help raise the funds that we need for the Exoskeleton.
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07/07/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc

Amy has experienced the many health benefits from standing and walking in this device.
Her leg muscles are now strong enough to want to try and control the device.
This is amazing!!
Please continue to donate in order to allow us to keep Amy walking!!

Thanks so much <3


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05/04/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
Although we have met our downpayment goal for the Ekso, we still have a very long way to go in order to keep this incredible device and keep making dreams a reality.
We are currently awaiting confirmation for our last 3 day training session which we anticipate will be within the next 2 weeks.
Amy continues to work hard at keep up her strength & maintains progress on a daily basis. 
Let's keep Amy walking!! 
Please share & keep this walking across the internet.
We CAN & WILL make this happen!!
Thank you to each & every one for your generous support! 


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03/31/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
Let's Keep Making Dreams Become Reality..

FootPrints Is Challenging Each & Everyone To Donate .01cent For Every Step Amy Achieved (3,907) 
All Donations Go Directly Towards The Purchase Of The Exo Skeleton.
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03/26/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
Please see new picture posted of Amy and the very first moment she stood up 4 years post injury, with the help of the Ekso Bionic Suit.
A very special moment filled with overwhelming emotions!
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03/26/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
We have received our Ekso Bionic Suit. This past Monday Amy was able to stand and walk. Taking a total of 1,839 phenomenal steps in her first 2 days.
FootPrints still needs your help. We are quite a way from our total goal in order to completely pay for this device and keep Amy ( and other's like her) walking.
We wish to thank everyone for your support & generous donations. Please keep this going so that we may acheive our goal & continue making dreams a reality.
Amy's story has had an abundance of media coverage. The most recent in today's National Post ( see link below)
Amy has become Canada's very own  "Bionic Woman"!

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/03/25/four-years-after-she-was-told-she-would-never-walk-again-amy-paradis-takes-her-first-steps-with-the-help-of-a-bionic-exoskeleton/

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03/08/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
Although we have reached our "downpayment" goal we are still in need of donations. We will be paying for this device for a long time yet and still need your help. 

Keep sharing & passing the message along!!

Thanks so much for your support!!

Donations can be made at www.sci-recovery.ca
or at www.youcaring.com/footprints-sci

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03/08/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
~ UPDATE ~ 
FootPrints is absolutely over the moon & very proud to announce the pending arrival of our Exo Skeleton on or around the 18th of March!!
A Very Huge Thank you To Each & Everyone Who Has Made This Possible.
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03/05/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
~ A Message From Amy ~

I can not  possibly thank everyone enough for the shares, donations, kind & uplifting words, prayers & tremendous support. I am very  grateful & blessed with people like you. You are  helping my dreams as well as others dreams come true. We are one step closer each and everyday! W
e can do this! Let's keep sharing & donating! 

~ Believe & All Things Are Possible ~

Thank you so very much to everyone for you're support & for believing <3

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03/03/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
4 Days Left To Shipping Date. We Have Been Working Very Hard To Make This Happen!
Amy Is Strong & Anxiously Awaiting The Day ( March 24,2014) When She Will Be Able To Take Her First "Second Steps". But She Can Only Do This With Your Help.
Please Keep The Support Going. Spread The Word. Share, Share, Share!!!
We Still Have A Way To Go To Reach Our 80,000$ Goal.
We Can Do This!!!
We Are So Very Thankful To Everyone Who Has & Continues To Support Us.
We Need Your Help. The Future Is Now. Be A Part Of It!

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02/19/2014
by FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc
~ UPDATE ~ 
We Are Pleased To Confirm Our Training Dates With Ekso Bionics On March 24th. We Would Also Like To Share With You That FootPrints SCI Recovery Inc Will Be Breaking New Ground In Research In Conjunction With Ekso Bionics. We Are Very Excited & Look Forward To Sharing "Every Second First Steps" With You.
We Would Like to Thank Everyone Who Has Supported & Continues To Support Our Efforts.
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