‘Push Girls’ give rehab patients a boost

Sundance Channel’s “Push Girls,” are headed to Visalia on Saturday, Sept. 29, to inspire those at Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital’s fourth annual patient reunion and community health fair.

On “Push Girls,” the newest original non-fiction series from producer Gay Rosenthal (“Ruby,” “Little People, Big World”), the four spinal cord injury survivors don’t let paralysis define their lives. Two of the four stars – Mia and Auti – will be in Tulare County to inspire others with a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a dance performance at 12 p.m. by two of the girls who are members of the world’s first hip-hop wheelchair dance crew.

“These are four incredible women who put the real in reality. Their lives are already inspiring people across the country,” said Geraldine White, a certified rehabilitation registered nurse at Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital. “We’re excited that they’ll be able to continue that in Tulare County.”

Every year, several former patients who have inspired others during their rehabilitation program are honored at the event. This year, two of the three patients honored are spinal cord injury patients, so having two of the “Push Girls” at the event will be fitting. Also honored at the event will be a patient who has used therapy to overcome an autoimmune disorder and Kathy Stotts, PhD, a spinal cord injury survivor who recently passed away following an inspiring career as a psychologist at Kaweah Delta’s Rehabilitation Hospital.

The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital, 840 S. Akers St. The event will feature $15 flu shots along with booths on stroke, diabetes, nutrition, diabetic foot care, fall prevention, outreach programs (including asthma) and booths representing a variety of community organizations. There will also be staff on hand to help patients fill out advanced directives, tours of Kaweah Delta’s new Wound Center, raffle prizes and more. For more information, contact 624-3857.

The finale of “Push Girls” will air Monday, Aug. 27 on Sundance Channel. The series will return for season two in 2013.

Kaweah Delta Health Care District is one of the area’s most progressive healthcare providers and the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally-recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.

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