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Years of therapy inspired St. Marys native's new fitness centre

St. Marys Journal Argus

Stew Slater

St. Marys Journal Argus

Mike Mulligan is no stranger to the pages of the St. Marys Journal Argus, who’s featured this week for transforming a unique $30,000 donation by TD Canada Trust into huge accessibility improvements in the home of two London residents with mobility challenges.

There was the day 18 years ago when the vehicle accident that nearly claimed his life showed up in the headlines. Since then, however, much more in-depth articles have attempted to chronicle Mulligan’s unparalleled efforts to beat the predictions of the many doctors he has seen over the years, by undergoing intensive therapy in the hopes of one day walking again. This has included two trips to a specialized training facility in California — a four-month visit in 2011, followed by an eight-month stay in 2012.

Earlier this year, Mulligan officially declared an end to those voyages to California for therapy. And he hopes he has declared the same for other Ontarians seeking similar treatment and physical training opportunities.

On Oct. 1, Mulligan opened the Moving Forward Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre off Exeter Road in south London.

The St. Marys native who now lives in London describes the services provided at Moving Forward as “activity-based therapy for people with limited use of their limbs.” It’s currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and employs two full-time training specialists and one part-time physiotherapist.

“I’m the bookkeeper, the secretary, the janitor. I’m a little bit of everything right now,” chuckles Mulligan, who also maintains a permanent, part-time position as a project engineer at London-based 3M.

After experiencing the specialized training equipment and staff at the California facility, Mulligan began to dream about creating similar opportunities here.

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