We value that each of our clients are dedicated to their recovery and embody a “Never Give Up” attitude. In recognition of their hard work, we like to feature a client each quarter and share their story, goals and accomplishments.
Justin started at Project Walk Dallas in August 2012 and works very hard at his recovery. He comes twice a week for three hour sessions, while attending college and living 2 hours away. We can tell how much Justin loves our program - as he always spreads the word to others in chairs about our program. He is a great leader and a hard worker, which is why we are proud to recognize him this quarter and share his story as our client spotlight.
What were you doing just before your injury?
I was traveling the country working in the oil fields.
What were/are your favorite things to do, interests, hobbies?
My favorite things to do included going to the gym to work out and play basketball, seeing the different parts of the country, and my job.
How were you injured and what was your initial prognosis?
I was injured on September 5, 2009 when I jumped off of a boat into a lake and hit the bottom. My initial prognosis was that I would be paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of my life.
What are your recovery goals?
My recovery goals are ultimately to live life without a wheelchair. But my main focus at this time is to gain upper body strength and core strength that will help with my everyday living.
What makes Project Walk Dallas special to you and how has it changed your life?
Project Walk Dallas is special to me because I get to work with trainers that truly care about the clients they are working with. The trainers are there to help the clients try and regain is much independence as they can. It has changed my life by me seeing my own progress as well as seeing the progress of other clients that I get to work out with. The positive atmosphere that project while Dallas keeps me excited to come back each time.
My trainers have said my progress since starting at Project Walk Dallas is great. My upper body strength and my core strength have significantly increased since becoming a client. This allows me to not have to rely on people to help get me around as much.
Do you have any advice for prospective clients?
My advice for prospective clients would be to not listen to anyone who says you can’t reach your goals or live an independent life just because you have a disability.
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