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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Project Walk Orlando exists to provide those living with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential and an overall increased quality of life. We will achieve this with an innovative, specialized exercise-based recovery program, dedicated staff, in an environment filled with support, hope and motivation.

Target demographics: Individuals paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ clients

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: An aggressive exercised based recovery program and wellness program.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alexys C.


Rating: 5

NextStep Orlando is a wonderful, Life Changing place! The trainers and staff are truly inspirational. If you haven't checked out NextStep Orlando you are missing out!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is an 8-year TBI warrior. He has suffered drop foot, tone, balance issues and curled hands. After many hours of traditional OT/PT, surgeries, and treatments, he had become very discouraged in his hope to become more independent and possibly walk again. Then we found NextStep Orlando. Such a wonderful place! They did not focus on his inabilities but his abilities. They had no problem keeping him busy and helped him to get his confidence back. Travis, Louis, Amanda, and the crew have such a positive attitude. They take the "im" out of impossible and turn it into possible. Although we were only able to visit for a short time they have inspired him to work toward more independence which was his ultimate goal. We are so grateful that we have been welcomed into the NextStep Orlando family and my son now has hope of a new and improved level of independence. We are returning soon for an extended period to continue our journey toward the best life he can have and cannot wait to see our friends again at NextStep!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Best place for therapy! Love this place I always am happy to come here and do my aggressive workouts. I have regained so much movement from attending Next Ste

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was injured this past April when he fell out of a hammock. His level of injury is C-5. The Dr.'s told us he would never walk, and have very little movement below his injury level. We were devastated! We spent 3 months in the hospital, and after 2 months he was well enough to begin therapy. We were not very encouraged. While he was there I started looking into what we could do to make his quality of life better. I found Project Walk on the recommendation of a vendor I met in the hospital. The day I walked in to Project Walk, was the first day I felt hope. It felt like our new family. When he was released from the hospital, we started Project Walk with in a few weeks. My son now has good use of his arms and shoulders, working on his balance for sitting, and some movement in his wrists. We have learned so much about what Sam CAN do as a quadriplegic. Project Walk is a wonderful family oriented place, with caring people that love what they do. Our road to his recovery will be long, but with Project Walk we are more hopeful than ever!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow what a great organization that helps so many! I've been receiving therapy for the last several months and believe that it is help my mental and physical health tremendously.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Next Step Orlando in November of 2015 for two weeks. I loved it so much that I recently moved to Orlando FL from Baltimore Maryland. I now attend Next Step Orlando weekly and have seen tremendous improvement within these past 5 months. I highly recommend this recovery center!! So amazing!!


Rating: 5

What Project Walk Orlando is able to accomplish with their clients is absolutely astonishing. The staff here are just as determined as the clients and it is an amazing thing to watch everyone come together to accomplish a common goal. Spinal Cord Injury does not always have to be an "end all" situation, and Project Walk Orlando is proving that on a daily basis through their extensive exercise-recovery program!


Rating: 5

I have watched Project Walk Orlando evolve, from idea to success, as a result of necessity and determination by my cousin Liza Perla. After her daughter Amanda suffered quadriplegic injuries as the result of a car accident, her mother researched every therapy to get her daughter the best help possible. She did find it at Project Walk in California. The therapy and support that Amanda found there was so positive and constructive that she was compelled to start a satellite location for those in similar circumstances in the southeastern US. I have been witness to the tangible progress made with Amanda and other clients at PWO. I urge everyone to consider supporting Project Walk Orlando and to know you are making a substantial difference for those with devastating spinal cord injuries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is doing great things ! Support their fund raisers as much as possible!


Board Member

Rating: 5

My granddaughter, Amanda Perla, was injured in a car accident 7 years ago. She is a quadraplegic. As a client at Project Walk Orlando her health, physical ability and mental state have improved tremendously. Her prognosis when first injured and in the hospital for 3 months was bleak. The hospital was wrong. Although Amanda is still not walking, she is doing more than they ever imagined she could do. I am so proud of her and her attitude. She is also an inspiration to other clients who attend Project Walk Orlando. She is there to greet them, talk to them about their injury, and more importantly makes friends with each and everyone who attends Project Walk meeting for lunch, dinner or just a night out. They are not alone in their journey.

Johanna Van Casteren