published on February 15, 2016 - 6:49 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
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Break the Barriers is the beneficiary of $42,000 worth of new equipment meant to aid victims of neurological conditions.


The nonprofit’s Helping Open Possibilities with Exercise (HOPE) program is the beneficiary of the Galileo Training equipment, which provides reflexive muscle stimulation via side-alternating, whole-body vibration.

Seven Fresno-Clovis Rotary Clubs, private donors and medical equipment distributor StimDesigns will present the equipment Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Break the Barriers facility at 8555 N. Cedar Ave. in Fresno.

“Galileo-Training has been a great tool to add to our program. We’ve used it for clients recovering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and strokes, as well as fortraining clients with multiple sclerosis,” said Deby Hergenrader, executive director of Break the Barriers. “We are thrilled to incorporate this technology into clients’ sessions and we are beyond grateful for the generous donations from Rotary, Producers Dairy, Octavia Diener, Henry Barkett and StimDesigns.”

Several Fresno Rotary Clubs provided cash donations for the equipment, including The Rotary Club of Fresno, East Fresno Rotary Club, Fig Garden Rotary Club, North Fresno Rotary Club, Fresno Sunrise Rotary Club, Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary and Rotary Club of Clovis.

“As a group, Rotary is proud to support worthy efforts, especially one to help those in our community who would be unable to access this training that is not found anywhere else in the area,” said Mike Andritch, Rotary International district governor.

HOPE is one of 25 programs offered through Break the Barriers. It identifies paralyzed people and invites them to participate in individualized and comprehensive programs geared toward increasing their independence.


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