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December 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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Pushing Boundaries assists army veteran to rehabilitate from car wreck


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Army veteran Ben Rye, 33, walks with a Lokomat, a robotic gait system, at the non-profit Pushing Boundaries in Redmond Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013. Pushing Boundaries is the only non-medical facility in Washington State that provides exercise therapy to people with paralysis. "Clients can come to us after they've gone through the medical arena, but still want to work on regaining function and independence," said Suzette Hart, of Pushing Boundaries. Rye suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia August 2009. It took Rye a year to talk again after living five months in a coma and being treated at multiple medical facilities around the country. Rye continues to make steady progress towards his goals of walking freely and without help.

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Rye participates in strength training exercises at Pushing Boundaries.

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Rye paces on a Lokomat at Pushing Boundaries non-profit in Redmond. The repetition of the device helps improve his neuroplasticity and coordination in walking, said Suzette Hart of Pushing Boundaries.

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Exercise therapist assistant Laura Davis, left, and exercise therapist Aaron Urquidez, right, help Ben Rye out of the Lokomat.

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Exercise therapist assistant Laura Davis, left, and exercise therapist Aaron Urquidez, right, help Ben Rye walk.

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Rye rests during strength training exercises at Pushing Boundaries. Before his injury, Rye climbed Mount Rainier three times.

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Exercise therapist Aaron Urquidez, second from left, Ben Rye and exercise therapist assistant Laura Davis work during Rye's strength training session.

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Veteran Ben Rye walks during his session at Pushing Boundaries.

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Katie Rye, 33, pushes her husband Ben Rye to their vehicle after their appointment at Pushing Boundaries. The couple lives in Olympia, and met while Ben was stationed at Fort Lewis. She has blogged along their journey at http://katieandbenupdates.blogspot.com.

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