Sunday, October 10, 2010


On Saturday, October 9, Matt and many family members and friends participated in the Walk a Mile with Dan fundraiser at Journey Forward in Canton. On that day, Dan Cummings, the founder of Journey Forward, walked a mile for the first time in 10 years. Dan suffered a spinal cord injury 10 years ago in a diving accident. Paralyzed from the chest down, Dan was told he would not recover and would never walk again. Dan did not accept that prognosis. In 2003 he found a facility in California - Project Walk - that offered unique therapy to spinal cord injured patients. He moved to California and engaged in intensive, continued physical therapy for 3 or 4 years at Project Walk. Dan left California with the aid of only a walker. He came home to Massachusetts and founded Journey Forward, a facility in Canton dedicated to patients with spinal cord injuries, so that those coming after him would not have to leave home to get this vital treatment. Journey Forward provides the same type of intensive, cutting-edge therapy Dan received at Project Walk. It is the only facility in this part of the country that offers this type of treatment - and hope - to patients with spinal cord injuries. Matt has been receiving therapy at Journey Forward since June. The Brown Family is profoundly grateful to Dan for founding Journey Forward and providing Matt and other patients the opportunity to get this unique therapy close to home. It was a great day for a great cause and all who were present couldn't help but be moved and inspired by Dan's tremendous effort and achievement. Brown family and friends were happy to participate in this fundraiser for Journey Forward. If you would like more information on this wonderful facility, please visit the website at