Blog banner


Photo of participant using an exo-suit to help walk

New Tool for Restoring Mobility to Stroke Survivors

June 20, 2019

By Carolann Murphy, PA, Senior Writer

June 19, 2019. The application of new technology in rehabilitation research has resulted in a new tool for restoring mobility to individuals recovering from stroke. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently approved the ReStore exo-suit (ReWalk Robotics), a soft, fabric-based exoskeleton, for gait retraining for stroke survivors in rehabilitation centers. ReStore, the only soft suit approved by the FDA for stroke rehabilitation, was tested in 40 research participants at five rehabilitation

Pete Welch holding his son Patrick at the beach

Embracing Fatherhood After TBI

June 11, 2019


Happy Father's Day! In celebration, I share a story to demonstrate how your support makes all the difference for fathers, like Pete Welch, who live with disabilities. You advance groundbreaking rehabilitation research to help Pete and others with disabilities live fuller, more engaged lives with their families.

After Hurricane Sandy, Pete and his then-girlfriend, Ali, were assessing the storm's damage when Pete fell three stories, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. After doctors saved his life, Pete began his journey to recovery with Ali by his side.

During his rehabilitation, Pete worked hard and participated in several

Older woman

Preventing Memory Loss

June 6, 2019


June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. A unique research study at Kessler Foundation, made possible by donors like you, seeks ways to prevent memory loss and reverse impairments for those living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Approximately 40 percent of people aged 65 and older in the US—16 million people—experience age-associated cognitive impairments, like memory loss and dementia. “It’s a very big issue,” says Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of The Centers for

Rosemarie, woman with MS, on a yoga mat

World MS Day—You Help Improve the Invisible Symptoms of MS

May 30, 2019


Today, May 30, is World MS Day. I share a story to thank you for your support and show how you help people with Multiple Sclerosis, like Rosemarie Collopy, live to the fullest, despite the invisible symptoms of the disease.

After her diagnosis, Rosemarie had to adjust to the challenges of living with MS. For her, these were fatigue, weakness, balance problems, and difficulties with thinking and remembering. "The cognitive symptoms were the most frustrating and eventually forced me to give up my job," she recalls.

Most people know about the physical symptoms, but few, including doctors, fully understand the cognitive symptoms, which are often invisible. Many are diagnosed with MS in the prime of their lives, and more than half will develop cognitive problems. MS

Photo of wheelchair 10K racers

Wheelchair 10K Winners

May 29, 2019

By Angela Smith, Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10k race director

Photo collage of racers at wheelchair 10K

On a picture-perfect Memorial Day, 23 national and international wheelchair racers gathered in Ridgewood, NJ to compete in the

Photo of American flag with text

Improving Quality of Life for Veterans with Disabilities

May 23, 2019

This Memorial Day, Kessler Foundation is highlighting how funding and studies in veterans research help improve their quality of life and create employment opportunities.  

GI Go Fund
Kessler Foundation funds organizations that help veterans find employment. One organization in particular is GI Go Fund. Our sponsorship assisted in the opening of its

Photo of Nathan Hogaboom and Adria De Simone

Dedicated to SCI Care and Research

May 20, 2019

Improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries depends on the efforts of a team of professionals who have dedicated their careers to care and research. 


Photo of Gianfranco Gervasio against background with books

Adapting to Life After SCI: Preparing for the Future through Education

May 20, 2019

On July 4, 2009, a diving accident changed the life of Gianfranco Gervasio, a native of Bergen County. At the time of his spinal cord injury (SCI), he was 27, and had a job in banking. During his stay at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Gianfranco spent time rethinking his future, including his prospects for employment. Although his employer was willing to place him in another position, Gianfranco wasn’t ready to return to work so soon after his injury. “I had a lot to deal with,” he said, “and I wasn’t enthusiastic about the work I had been doing. Realizing that finding and keeping a good job would be more difficult because of my disability, I decided that it was essential to pursue a

Megan Helsel wearing brace to help with walking

Returning to Work after Spinal Cord Injury

May 17, 2019

Megan Helsel had a passion for the outdoors and dreamt of working with wildlife. After earning an associate’s degree in natural sciences from Bergen Community College in 2010, she completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State University. Megan excelled during her undergraduate studies, winning a competitive scholarship from the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. With a love for ornithology (the study of birds), she volunteered with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County

Photo of four scientists in different scenery

Highlighting Research in Gulf War Illness, Spinal Cord Injury and Women’s Health

May 16, 2019

This week spotlights women’s health, Gulf War illness and spinal cord injury. To help raise awareness on these topics Kessler Foundation is sharing rehabilitation research information, news, and podcasts from its team of scientists in the field.

National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is a reminder to encourage women to focus on their health and wellbeing. In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer that affect women’s health. At the Center for

Photo of Luciana and Ariana embracing each other

A Story for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019

Luciana McGuire with her daughter, Ariana, who sustained a TBI when she was seven years old.Happy Mother's Day! At Kessler Foundation, we recognize how important moms can be for people with disabilities—and how important our donors are for advancing life-changing rehabilitation research. Today, I share a story to demonstrate how a mother’s love, optimism, and support make all the difference, and how you make a difference with your support.

Photo of Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla

Former Postdoctoral Fellow Wins ACRM and INS Awards

April 24, 2019

Former postdoctoral fellow at Kessler Foundation, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, PhD, was honored with mid-career awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the International Neuropsychological Society. Both awards recognize Arango-Lasprilla's contributions and leadership to the field of brain injury research. Arango-Lasprilla will accept the Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award at the ACRM 96th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL