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Foundation makes big stride forward

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Brandon Beack undergoing rehabilitation treatment at the Walking with Brandon Foundation.
Brandon Beack undergoing rehabilitation treatment at the Walking with Brandon Foundation.

The Walking with Brandon Foundation (WWBF) is doing excellent work in the area of neurological rehabilitation.

So much so that it has become necessary for the foundation to relocate to bigger premises on the first floor of the Riverside Mall in Rondebosch in September.

According to Mark Beack, chairperson of WWBF, people are contacting the foundation weekly to join the programme.

To accommodate the growing numbers, it has become necessary to vacate the space at the Sports Science Institute which it has occupied until recently.

“We will be taking our equipment with us, and acquiring a few new pieces so that our patients will continue to benefit from our world-class 60-minute sessions at our new premises,” says Mark.

“We have trained a passionate and committed team, and have created a facility where we have seen our patients make astounding progress in terms of their therapy,” he says.

The Beack family founded WWBF in 2015 after Brandon, their son, was paralysed in a gymnastics training accident in 2012.

The family realised there was a huge shortage of outpatient neurological rehabilitation facilities in South Africa at the time.

After 18 months of combining alternative and conventional forms of rehabilitation such as training with a personal trainer, acupuncture, homeopathy, gymnastics training, inversion therapy, psychotherapy, massage, and reflexology Brandon’s recovery exceeded all expectations.

Today he participates in local paralympic sporting events and represents South Africa at international meets too.

In March this year he participated in the Toyota SASAPD National Championship, and in the Swiss Grand Prix Nottwil, the Arbon – Daniela Jutzeler 2019, as well as the Arbon – Swiss Nationals 2019.

Mark says they are excited about the prospect of making a difference in the lives of so many more people with neurological disabilities at their new facility.

“When we embarked on this journey in 2015, we never imagined we would be impacted by so many wonderful people in such a positive way,” he says.

“Our clients have become more than just patients, they have become family, partners; people with whom we have fostered relationships for life.”

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