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Braves teaming with Dreams of Recovery Foundation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Before Thursday night's game against the Nationals, manager Fredi Gonzalez met with Cindy Donald and proudly announced that the Braves are once again working to give fans a chance to aid in their attempt to financially assist individuals recovering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

The Braves will team with The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation to promote Cindy's Walks for Recovery, which debuted in May. Like last year, fans across the country can donate a dollar amount of their choice for each walk drawn by a Braves player this upcoming season.

"This is something special to my heart," Gonzalez said. "It's a great project. Hopefully, we get a great response."

Tax-deductible donations -- starting at 10 cents per walk for individuals and $10 per walk for corporations -- will help the foundation provide financial grants for people waiting to participate in approved therapy programs and purchase necessary equipment to improve their daily life.

"I just want to thank Fredi and the Braves for always being so helpful," Donald said.

Fans can participate by texting W-A-L-K-S to 51555, visiting or calling 770-675-6565.

Donald was left paralyzed after an accident at her home in 2005. Three years later she started her foundation with the philosophy that "helping others is the best therapy."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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