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July 10, 2019 Kessler Foundation's 18th Annual Stroll 'N Roll Every dollar you give or raise supports innovative rehabilitation research and employment initiatives that change the lives of people with disabilities. Join us and become a champion for people with disabilities.

Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM | Rain or Shine
Verona Park
Verona, NJ

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Join us on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 10 AM to 1 PM in Verona Park, for the best Stroll 'N Roll ever! This family event brings together more than

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Consumer Conference for Persons with Brain Injury

June 26, 2019 Moving Forward: Improving Emotional,
Physical and Cognitive
Health after Brain Injury


Friday, September 27, 2019
8:15 am – 3:00 pm
Hotel Westminster
Livingston, NJ

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Admission is free but registration is required.
Please register by Friday, September 20, 2019, additional registrations will be accepted after this date as space allows.

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Moving Forward: Improving Emotional, Physical and Cognitive Health after

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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 research facilities, including Kessler Foundation.

Karen Nolan, PhD, senior research scientist,

Ali and Pete Welch sitting on a bed with their son, Patrick, daughter, Katie, and dog.

Embracing Fatherhood After Traumatic Brain Injury

June 11, 2019

In celebration of Father's Day, we share a story to demonstrate how your support makes all the difference for fathers like Pete Welch. You advance groundbreaking rehabilitation research to help fathers like Pete and others overcome disability and live to the fullest with their families.

After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Pete and his then-girlfriend, Ali, were assessing the storm's damage to their apartment when Pete fell three stories, sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That day, Ali—just 23 years old—became a caregiver.

Pete was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where he spent the next three weeks in a coma. After doctors saved his life, Pete was transferred to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where he began his

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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

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Breast Cancer, Mobility, and Sleep Disorder Research

May 30, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

At Kessler Foundation, research in breast cancer, mobility and sleep disorders is performed to find treatments and help rehabilitate lives.

Studies in Sleep/Wake Disorder
At the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, Anthony Lequerica, PhD, senior research scientist, studies neurological disorders. His research includes, sleep/wake disorders after brain injury and exploring how cultural issues influence rehabilitation outcomes. Sleep/wake disorders are common after a brain injury, and

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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

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Wheelchair 10K Winners

May 29, 2019

By Angela Smith, Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10k race director


On a picture-perfect Memorial Day, 23 national and international wheelchair racers gathered in Ridgewood, NJ to compete in the 19th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K—the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Racers competed for a total purse of $15,000. James Senbeta and Jenna Fesemyer from the University of Illinois wheelchair racing team were the top male and female finishers with times of 23:02 and 25:58 respectively. Glen Ridge, NJ native Tony Nogueira took first in the masters division, and 71 year old Carlos Guzman from Queens, NY bested the quad division with a time

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Improving Quality of Life for Veterans with Disabilities

May 23, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

Kessler Foundation highlights 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 Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center, in Newark, NJ in December 2018. The center specializes in employment training for veterans and offers incubator space for veteran owned businesses.    

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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 bachelor’s degree.” 

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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 Audubon Society. There,

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

May 16, 2019

By Nicky Miller 

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 Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation,

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A Story for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019

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.

About ten years ago, Luciana McGuire received the call every mother dreads: "There's been an accident. Come quickly." Her 7-year-old daughter, Ariana, was playing at a friend's house. A little boy had found a bow and arrow and was playing with it. Not realizing anyone was nearby, he accidently shot Ariana in the forehead. The