Participate in the Freedom to Walk Foundation’s 5th Annual Gala on Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at the Centre Club, Tampa, FL. Join Us for an evening of fine dining, music, dancing, raffles, and silent auction. The Keynote Speaker is Ron Klein, Inventor of the Magnetic Strip on the Credit Card, Developer of Computerized Systems for Real Estate (MLS) Multiple Listing Services and other inventions. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Jennifer Holloway, anchors News Channel 8 at 8 on Great 38. Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets are available at www.FreedomToWalkFoundation.org/Gala-2017.
Freedom to Walk Foundation assists with funds for the purchase of WalkAides® for children and adults diagnosed with “Foot Drop” due to Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Foot Drop is a condition characterized by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot necessary for people to walk. It causes a person to either drag the foot and toes or engage in a high-stepping walk called steppage gait. WalkAide® is a functional electrical stimulation device which alleviates the symptoms and complications of Foot Drop. When worn on the calf, the WalkAide® sends electric impulses to the affected foot causing the foot and leg to lift and follow through as they would with a natural, unimpaired gait. WalkAide® was designed to restore mobility to those individuals seeking a return to independence.
The WalkAide® is FDA approved, but most insurance companies are denying coverage for the device. With an out of pocket cost of $5,000 per unit, the cost is prohibitive for many who see the WalkAide® as an invaluable opportunity to improve their quality of life.