Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery - New Location
THE INDUSTRY LEADER IN SPINAL CORD INJURY RECOVERY THERAPY
ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF THEIR FIRST FRANCHISE CENTER
CARLSBAD, CA – November 8, 2012 – One year after expanding operations and opening the world’s largest spinal cord injury recovery center, SCI Business Solutions Inc., the exclusive franchisor of Project Walk, announces the addition of their first franchised center, located in Claremont, Calif. Founded in 1999, Project Walk provides activity-based recovery programs designed around leading industry research, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to increase mobility in clients who have a spinal cord injury.
“We feel honored to have the Hargrave family as our first franchise owners,” says Brian Bruce, Franchise Development Manager of SCI Business Solutions. “They are going to continue to do amazing things for the spinal cord injury community.”
The franchise is owned and operated by 23 year old Hal Hargrave Jr. On July 26, 2007, Hargrave was involved in a rollover truck accident that left him quadriplegic and paralyzed from my neck down. Inspired by his own injury and the financial struggles that followed, he started the non-profit organization, The Be Perfect Foundation. After raising $1.7 million in four years, Hargrave was able to continue his dream of helping others who have gone through and are currently going through similar situations.
“It is a dream come true to be opening this center,” explains Hargrave. “It is a true reflection of the hard work that the foundation has done, along with the amazing support of the community of Claremont that makes this dream possible.”
Hargrave was able to continue his passion to encourage and help others by announcing the opening of the first Project Walk franchise on the grounds of the Claremont Club, 1777 Monte Vista Avenue in Claremont, Calif. Hargrave thanks Mike Alpert, CEO of The Claremont Club and his staff for their role in supporting the project and continuing to be the catalyst of making Hargrave’s dreams come true. Hargrave grew up working out at the Claremont Club, even achieving his childhood dream of bench pressing 315 pounds at that facility. He now returns to that site fulfilling yet another dream of bringing Project Walk to his home town.
Community and corporate support has been the key to the growth of Project Walk and will continue to be integral to the success of the franchises. “Advanced Exercise is very excited about the opportunity to be the sole provider of state of the art exercise equipment, including Life Fitness and Hammer Strength to Project Walk,” says Mike Keller, Commercial Consultant at Advanced Exercise Equipment. “We feel the partnership between Advanced Exercise and Project Walk will only continue to grow as Project Walk expands their franchise locations.”
“This first franchise is just the beginning of our global growth plan,” explains Tim Yates, CEO of Project Walk. “We currently have over 150 applications in from various groups vying for a limited number of spots available for people who want to invest in a Project Walk Franchise.”
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About Project Walk
Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement. Founded in 1999, Project Walk is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization internationally recognized as a pioneer in the emerging field of spinal cord injury recovery. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Project Walk serves clients in over 20 countries, on 6 continents. For more information visit www.projectwalk.org.