Join Natalie’s Walk to Benefit Wheels with Wings Foundation

Natalies-Walk-2012-21-e1367610697855Join the fun on September 27, 2014 for the Wheels With Wings Foundation’s 3rd Annual Natalie’s Walk in Buffalo, NY! Their goal is to bring awareness to spinal cord injuries and the difficulties faced with this catastrophic injury. WWW is excited to share their passion for helping those within our community who have suffered a spinal cord injury with support to extensive physical therapy, equipment, home modifications, vehicle modifications, education, and advocacy for them and their families.

The 5K walk (3.1 miles) takes you through Buffalo’s scenic waterfront and historic downtown, with a rest stop along the way. Or try the one-mile fun walk that’s just right for small children and wheelchairs. You will enjoy special guests, activities, and entertainment fun for all ages and a fabulous lunch on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront. Join us at Canalside located at 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 for a great day!

Why You Should Join the Cause: Natalie’s Story

Natalie believes wholeheartedly in the value and power of staying active!
Natalie believes wholeheartedly in the value and power of staying active!

At the young age of 24, Natalie Marie Barnhard became a quadriplegic. On October 22, 2004, a catastrophic accident changed her life when a 600-pound exercise weight machine fell over and landed on top of Natalie. She was working as a physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist at the time of the injury.

Although this was a difficult time for Natalie, through the support of her faith, family, and friends, she dedicated herself to intense rehabilitation and recovery therapy in Atlanta, GA at the Shepherd Center and First Step Physical Therapy. The center practices Integrative Manual Therapy, offering the hopes of walking again. Thus began the vision for Natalie’s Walk, an event for families, singles, and the community to benefit Wheels with Wings Foundation.

Through the funds raised by supporters of Natalie’s Walk, the foundation has provided quality of life grants to many individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury.  Some of the grant recipients were awarded with home renovations to include an accessible bathroom/bedroom, equipment such as an E-Z stander, intense physical therapy, vehicle modifications and more.  Without YOUR support, this would not be possible.

How You Can Get Involved 

wheels-with-wings-fullHelp spread the word about the Wheels With Wings Foundation and Natalie’s Walk. There are several ways you can make a difference in the life of someone with a spinal cord injury. 

  1. Share the story on Facebook, Twitter, or the social media of your choice!
  2. To spread the word, share the webpage:
  3. Sponsor the Third Annual Natalie’s Walk! See the information on the website:
  4. Register to walk, and if you can’t, Become a virtual walker and help raise the necessary funds to help others!

Help the Wheels With Wings Foundation reach its goal of $100,000 to grant awards, bring awareness, and to help advocate the spinal cord injury community. So far, the goal has not been met, but is only missing a few sponsors that can help Wheels With Wings go above and beyond their intended target.

Want to register or donate? Check out their website for more information:

About Natalie’s Walk & Wheels With Wings Foundation
Wheels With Wings Foundation, established Buffalo, NY is recognized 501 © non-profit organization. The Foundation became a vision and personal goal of Natalie Barnhard early on in her injury while experiencing how challenging it can be to obtain critical items such as intense rehabilitation therapy, home modifications, and other equipment, which was needed as a result of a spinal cord injury.

Natalie advocates for friends who use wheelchairs at events like the annual Roll on Capitol Hill sponsored by United Spinal.
Natalie advocates for friends who use wheelchairs at events like the annual Roll on Capitol Hill sponsored by United Spinal.

Wheels With Wings Foundation’s Mission is to assist individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury and for their families to rise above and recover from this catastrophic injury. Individual grant awards, education, resources, awareness and advocacy are ways Wheels With Wings will work on improving the lives of people with this injury to become independent and productive and truly make a difference.


2 Responses

  1. I can only walk an average of 95 paces in a day. is it Ok if I only use a power chair? Still working on riding the steps a contractor put outside the door when the street was lowered.

    I limit the timing of comments.

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