Walkabout Foundation focuses on finding a cure for paralysis, and donates custom fitted all terrain wheel chairs to people in need.
Since starting the charity in 2009 they have donated over 1300 wheelchairs to places like Haiti (in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation/ Partners In Health), Chile and Rwanda and funded over 23 research projects (in collaboration with the Christopher Reeve Foundation) including Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton’s project which allowed a paralyzed man to stand on his own and walk in May.
Siblings Luis and Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster established Walkabout Foundation in August 2009 after a visit to their local YMCA in Connecticut led them to discover that Luis could not enter the building because it lacked a ramp and elevator. Luis suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident when he was 18 years old, which left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Together, the siblings took action in their community and started Walkabout Foundation to promote awareness of paralysis and disabilities. Luis and Carolina launched the foundation with an 870 kilometer walk along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and Luis became the first person in the history of Spain to cross the entire country using only the strength of his two arms.
Celebrity supporters 9
Walkabout Foundation has received support from the following celebrities: