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Wartorn movie »

Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Ragnar Relay Race »

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2011


Golf Outing »

Friday, June 17, 2011


Idol's Chris Medina receives life-changing donation for his injured fiancee »

Past news


October, 2010 »

RSVP for the Wartorn movie showing.


September, 2010 »

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Schwass


February, 2010 »

We're off to the races, again!

Also, see our race night II photo gallery.


January, 2010 »

A Breath of Fresh Air for Our Heroes


November, 2009 »

In Memoriam: Don Dalton


October, 2009 »

New partner profiles


September, 2009 »

Keeping Good Company ...


August, 2009 »

New Partner Profiles — Disabled Patriot Fund & Behavioral Vision


July, 2009 »

Golf Outing A Great Success!


May, 2009 »

Restoring a Delicate Balance


April, 2009 »

Program update ...


March, 2009 »

The First Step Foundation, a First Class Guy.

Laurus Foundation Golf Outing. RSVP Now!


February, 2009 »

Orchestrating an Amazing Symphony — Optimal Health.


January, 2009 »

A new year and we're off to the races.

Also, see our race night photo gallery.


December, 2008 »

Cooking with gas and healthy ingredients.


November, 2008 »

NextSteps Chicago and the next steps for Tre’.


October, 2008 »

Independence One Goes to College and our Newest Partner.


September, 2008 »

Partners In Progress Launched with a ‘Salute’ to Our Veterans.


August, 2008 »

In Good Company – Program Partners Continue to Grow.


July, 2008 »

Partner Profile – Mike Brougher, In His Own Words.


June, 2008 »

Three New Initiatives – Independence One, Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds, and the Laurus Running Club.


May, 2008 »

New Logo, New Tagline, and New Relationships.


March, 2009

The First Step Foundation, a First Class Guy


First Step Foundation and Michael Schwass

partners in progress

Laurus Technologies has been a long-time supporter of and the work of Michael Schwass. Today, as a valued Partner in Progress of the Laurus Foundation, First Step plays an important role in providing vital support to the individuals with disabilities whom we serve.


The purpose of the First Step Foundation is to provide psychological counseling to quadriplegics and others with disabilities at no cost to them. First Step believes that the recognition of the unique emotional and psychological needs of these individuals — and the satisfaction of those needs — is extremely important to their long-term emotional well-being.


The First Step Foundation was borne out of the inspiration provided by Michael Schwass, who was involved in an accident over 34 years ago, and who has not only survived but thrived for the past three decades. To date, Michael has undergone seven major operations, and has overcome innumerable obstacles, due primarily to his powerful mental and emotional fortitude.


In December 1975, then 16-year-old Michael Schwass sustained a devastating blow to his neck in a hockey accident, which left him paralyzed from the neck down for life. Don't Blame The Game is the chronicle of this indomitable youth who decided he would walk again, and the astonishing transformation that characterized his journey. Now in his early fifties, and living in Des Plaines, Illinois, Michael teaches and lectures to audiences all over the country, inspiring his able-bodied listeners with courage and skills to face and overcome their own challenges.


We are proud and fortunate to be associated with Michael Schwass and First Step Foundation. You can read more about Michael’s incredible story and find his inspirational book, Don’t Blame the Game, at .

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