Give a car so They Shall Walk

Give a car so They Shall Walk.   People donate their cars then we put them up for sale.  When people buy them we have more money to help complete our work.

Buy a car so They Shall Walk

Green Truck 1996 Ford Ranger

Buying this car will help us give the gift of walking.  Thank you.

Order Thrive Samples

You will receive a sample package of Thrive Life foods that includes: corn, yogurt, pineapple, chicken salad and a catalog. $9 each

($3.20 from each order goes to They Shall Walk to help give the gift of walking.)

You will want to watch this video when you get your package    “Open Your Party By Mail”   We will be sending you samples of Thrive Life food. You will love this NON GMO, healthy, organic, amazing food.
Eat the corn, yogurt and pineapple while the chicken salad is soaking. The chicken salad is “NO Cook Chicken Salad” because the meats are all cooked and all you need to do is add water, mix five times during a twenty minute wait and then add mayo.

This is a fund raiser for They Shall Walk and only 312500 sample packages need to be sold to give the gift of walking, so please tell your family and friends to order two samples today.  One million dollars in matching gifts are available so the $3.20 will bring in $1 million dollars and the matching gifts will bring it to $2 million. Paralyzed people everywhere will have the ability to learn to walk for FREE.

You can also make a purchase of foods from the website

or make a payment here


Paralyzed Marine walks to receive his Bronze Star using robotic system

“Now that’s what I am talking about” (Monty Reed) For almost three decades now I have been telling people about robotic exoskeletons and the magic they will provide for paralyzed people.  This is so great to see people benefiting from our research.  The machine you see in these pictures is based on the technology we developed and published for all to see in 2006.  The machine you see here is based on old tech as far as exoskeletons go.  It retails for about $100k, the manufacture gave a discount to this Marine to honor him, saving over $30k.  Our goal is to get the system down to $42,000 and put them in physical therapy clinics all over the world.  You can help by donating now, we only need $150k for the next phase of the project and $2 million by 2017 when we will be shipping the new version of the LIFESUIT around the globe.  The gift of walking will become a reality for millions of people.  You can help.

Read on…..

Paralyzed Marine walks to receive his Bronze Star using robotic system  (re-posted by Monty K Reed)







Internships are closed until Summer 2017

Internships are closed until Summer 2017 when the LIFESUIT’s will be in productions.  Interns will work with the manufacturing staff and learn about all aspects of production of the LIFESUIT.

Medical interns will work along side nurses, doctors and physical therapists at 1000 locations around the world where the LIFESUIT will be placed.  This is one of the greatest opportunities for interns that we have ever had to offer because of the chance to travel to sites around the world and help paralyzed people learn to walk again.

Interns that are already connected to a local Rotary Club, Kiwanis, or other service club will have opportunities to earn scholarships as well.  There are limited paid internships at this time, most positions will be non paid.

They Shall Walk has developed the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton creating an industry of robotic therapy devices while mentoring students from area high schools and colleges as interns.
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3411 Alaska Rd, Brier, WA 98036

Internships include: ME, EE, CSE, Material Science Engineering, Sculpture Art, Graphic Art, CAD (computer aided design), Code Warrior (lot’s of C programming), electronics design and assembly, physical therapy helper, admin assistant, grant writing, business plan building, marketing, advertising, website design, social media marketing, and more



TALOS  is what the Pentagon is calling the LIFESUIT they would like to see that could be a modern day “Iron Man Suit”.

They Shall Walk has been developing technology and engineering mobility to help disabled people walk again.  This same technology could be used to help keep our soldiers and police alive during rescue operations and other dangerous missions.

Currently the LIFESUIT is controlled by a PSoC from Cypress Microcontroller

TALOS was the automation from mythology that was tossed into the garbage heap from the gods when it was deemed useless.

The soldiers have suggested that this could be a useful tech if it could work.  Many experts have said it can not work.  This is easy to say when you are not spending time in the lab every week working on exoskeletons for a couple of decades.

Navy Seals, and Army soldiers alike have said they would like to see this tech work.  There is a video going around in the

milatary special ops community that shows a soldier walking down an alley with mud walled buildings on either side.  He approaches a doorway that has four AK 47’s waiting for him.  As every spec ops will tell you, there is no way to know what you will find behind the door the next door.  It does not matter if it is door number one, door number two or number three.  There is no way to know.  You can train and plan for contingency A, B, C… K and then when you get to the destination in a mission the contingency you did not plan for is waiting for you.

Even the most  up to date intel can be wrong.

The idea of armor that would allow a soldier to withstand a bullet and shrapnel barrage  and allow the soldier to complete the mission is inspiring to the troop who have boots on the ground.  The LIFESUIT is designed to allow a paralyzed person with complete life support systems to walk around.  The high payload capacity is up to 1400 pounds (fourteen hundred pounds).  This allows for respirators, dialysis, IV, EKG, and feeding systems all to be carried.  Because of the payload capability it would be very easy to modify the LIFESUIT to carry a large load of armor.  Sport models of the LIFESUIT are being developed to help athletes to learn to move like the masters.  By recording the movements of a master golfer, boxer or downhill skier they could be used to teach muscle memory to an armature or an up and coming athlete.

These systems could be used to teach new soldiers how to act and react in combat situations.  Using a combination of telemetry suits and Microsoft Kinect systems an experience soldier could be observed and recorded.  Then the new recruits could be placed into the powered exoskeleton and run through some exercises where the LIFESUIT does the movements.  The soldier’s muscles and nervous system would learn the actions of the experience soldier.  This could be especially useful in simulators even before the LIFESUIT is ready for the battlefield.

 We are experimenting with the Raspberry Pi to see if it will be the best computer to run the Brain Pak on the LIFESUIT.
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Seattle Mini Maker Faire “Best Maker Booth” Award

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire awarded the “Best Maker Booth” to The Shall Walk at the end of the show after hearing from the crowds and judging based on the spirit of what it is to be a Maker.

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So many of the crowds of people who attended this years Mini Maker Faire in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms had a chance to pretend they were a physical therapist and sit in the control seat or “drivers seat” and control the LIFESUIT.  This display was made specifically with the Maker Faire crowd in mind.  At the booth a prospective maker or member of the public at large could sit down in a chair that was outfitted with an exoskeleton telemetry suit.  The operator would act like the physical therapist who would be working with a paralyzed patient so they could teach them to walk again with the assistance of the LIFESUIT powered exoskeleton.

The Therapist telemetry suit (TS) controlled the Exoskeleton powered suit (PS).  When the volunteer who was sitting in the telemetry suit chair would move his or her knee the powered exoskeleton would move a manikins’ leg that was representing the paralyzed patient.

This display was built to allow people to try out the technology that makes the original therapy exoskeleton (the LIFESUIT) so unique compared to other therapy exoskeletons that have mimicked and emulated the LIFESUIT since it’s creation in 1986.  The therapist can teach the paralyzed person and the LIFESUIT how to walk, exercise and even dance in real time, all while the system is recording every move.  The recording are kept in a library that the patient can call up anytime when they want to walk or exercise.

Eventually there will be a library of thousands of recordings.   Using the new Microsoft Cloud or other internet based clouds these recording can be shared by millions of people so they will have all the freedom of movement and exercise with the assistance of the powered exoskeleton called the LIFESUIT.  There are many exoskeletons that are now being modified to do the work of the LIFESUIT, a LIFESUIT by any other name is a LIFESUIT.

If you did not get a chance to see the display and try it out at the Mini Maker Faire Seattle you can schedule a time to attend a lab tour at the Seattle facility and try it out.

Back to the drawing board

CAD and 3d modeling saves time especially when you add a 3d printer.  Just a few short years ago when developing a new science like ‘therapy exoskeletons’ prototyping took so long.  We have been at this for 27 years and we have seen the evolution of a science.

In the old days the design engineer would come up with a design and the draftsman (that right they were mostly all men) would make up the drawings.  The engineer would consult with the draftsman to help with some math and concepts.  When the visionary, the engineer and the
When those drawings were done they would go out to the printer to have blueprints made.  draftsman all could agree that the drawings were good they would be made ready to send out.   These drawings in 1986 and 1987 were done with pencil.  The latest advancement was mechanical pencil and an electric eraser that would spin to help the draftsman ‘cut’ or ‘delete’.


Those had to come back to the shop to be reviewed by the engineer again.  Then approved or not.  If not approved they literally went back to the drawing board.  It was a board that had paper taped to.

Approved drawings went to the printer, blueprints that were approved went to the machine shop.

Usually eight weeks after the blueprints arrived  the part would come back to the shop and the engineer would put them together to see if they fit.  Larger parts would go to the shop foreman who would have the new ‘gofer’ employees assemble, or try to assemble.

If the parts were wrong they would go back to the drawing board again and have to go through the whole process again.

Today we are able to use 3d printers so that only hours after the design engineer makes a CAD model we can be holding it in our hands to see if it fits.  Amazing how much time it saves.

We can avoid going back to the drawing board for the gift of walking and use it just for artistic expression.

ABOUT updated October 2012

ABOUT: They Shall Walk                         share this link

They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research corporation in the state of Washington.   It was founded to give the gift of walking, raise awareness of paralyzed and other disAbled persons, improve their quality of life through technology, provide FREE medical care, provide educational opportunities for students, teachers, mentors and schools.

Get involved: volunteer, advocate, and donate.           Make a One Time Donation

Attend a Lab Tour at our Seattle research facility, Attend one of our events, Start mentoring students now, volunteer your services,

They Shall Walk was founded by Monty K Reed in 1986 specifically to build the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton that would give him his life back.  After designing the system Monty experienced a miraculous healing and was able to walk again.  He still suffers daily with pain and partial paralysis that comes and goes even after two decades of rehabilitation.

The next step in the Gift of Walking timeline is the Rehabilitation model of the LIFESUIT called the RehabSUIT for the CMC in Vellore India.  Paralyzed people will use the RehabSUIT (AKA (also known as)  LIFSEUIT prototype number sixteen) to stand, walk and exercise.  Microsoft has just sponsored in with $1.2 million in software towards the $14 million institute facility in Seattle (AKA the “North Lab”).

To help fund the institute, a for profit company has been formed to manufacturer and distribute the RehabSUIT to the first 100 sites around the globe.  Twenty percent of the investments into the for profit company will support the continues research at the institute.

Exoskeletons are now being tested in hospitals with favorable results and the next step is to start delivering them full scale so that everyone has a choice to walk.

Your donation will get us one step closer to the Gift of Walking Make a One Time Donation       

You can buy a copy of Monty K Reed’s book to find out more about the project


In the future paralyzed people will have a LIFESUIT for use at home and in the office.  For instance the LIFESUIT LS14 weighs about 75 pounds and is powered by compressed air. It will allow the wearer walk up to about 2.5 miles per hour and to ascend and descend stairs. The next model, known as LIFESUIT™ LS15 can stand and balance unmanned, it will be controlled in the same way as a powered wheelchair with a joystick. Future generations of the LIFESUIT™ may incorporate a wet-suit style outfit composed of ‘biosynthetic muscle fibers’© ™, fuel cells or “Fuel Pods© ™” and lightweight power paks.  It will be worn under the clothes and allow paralyzed to walk and no one will ever know they were paralyzed.

There are millions of disabled people that can benefit from the LIFESUIT™ including the SCI, Elderly, Veterans, people with sports injuries, accident victims, and people with congenital defects.

Make a pledge today to support our work and help us give the gift of walking. Thank you Rotary

Join They Shall Walk as a supporting member for $50 per year. You will receive a newsletter and VIP entrance to all events.

They Shall Walk is a Project of the Protocol Foundation a 501C3 nonprofit. Each donation means the disabled are one step closer to walking again. If you would like to help our cause you can click here to go to the donation page or click on the navigation bar on top.

This last summer we had to turn away 33 interns due to lack of funds, you can help change that by making a donation or becoming a mentor.

Talk to the Founder Monty K Reed.  [email protected]
206-250-5639 direct line good for texting too.

Walkathon & Car Show May 5, 2013


Walkathon & Car Show Postponed by They Shall Walk

Seattle, Washington
Oct. 5, 2012

They Shall Walk’s Walkathon, Rollathon & Car Show scheduled for this Sunday October 7, 2012 9am-4pm has been postponed until May 5, 2013. The primary concern that brought this decision about was the incredible increase in event insurance expense to meet the coverage needs of Sears corporate office. While the insurance requirement of Sears has not changed, the number of insurance companies capable of writing this type of insurance in Washington has. The insurance company previously used for events at Sears no longer does business in Washington.

They Shall Walk would like to thank Sears in Shoreline and Collins Insurance for their hard work to find solutions for the October event and look forward to the May 5th event at the Sears Plaza. They Shall Walk would also like to thank supporters, friends and volunteers and look forward to a fabulous event on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

They Shall Walk has developed the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton creating an industry
of robotic therapy devices while mentoring students from area high schools and colleges as interns. Students have hands on experience in the lab building robotic systems that improve the quality of life while learning real life skills that they will use on the job after graduation.

Monty K Reed (206) 250-5639 [email protected]
6201 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108


Russia’s Asian Infrastructure Gap

Russia’s Asian Infrastructure Gap. by Monty K Reed September 8, 2012 just after midnight.

Russia’s infrastructure as it relates to trade with Asia has problems with the rails system.  It is “constipated by under investment in switching facilities,” according to Paul Herbert, CEO of Ilim Group, Russia’s largest paper and pulp company and the largest soft-wood supplier to China.

As the years have gone by since the wall went down there has been very little investment into the railroad system in Russia as compared to the rail systems in Asia.  To the credit of the Russian government, they have not implemented a “Rails to Trails” program like in the USA which has been the death of the rails in America.

I have trouble talking about the negative side of the Rails to Trails program because I have used the trails for: horse back riding, hiking, mountain biking, walking and rolling as well as long distance cycling.  In fact my 2013 “Coast to Coast Ride” I will be using a lot of the trails that have been developed via the Rails to Trails program.

Here goes.  The rail system in America could have been the salvation of the shipping infrastructure and commerce in America because of the savings of fuel per mile per pound for cargo.  The modern rail system is the most efficient way to ship goods across America with the Post Obama fuel costs of $4+ per gallon.  Just four years ago when gas was just over $1 a gallon this discussion would be a lot different, but today with the fuel costs heading towards $5 a gallon and some folks are actually advocating to get the prices higher to motivate people to ‘go green’.

In Russia they still have the rail system.  It is run down and needs some investment to make repairs and improve things.  President Vladimir Putin made promises to make those investments and if he does it will pay off in a big way.  The good news for Putin and Russia is that there is an increase in cargo that needs to be shipped.



Sources Sited:

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associate Press 11pm Pacific Time September 7, 2012’business_main


Russia seeks to close infrastructure gap with Asia

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press – 30 minutes ago

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russia’s failure to keep up with its neighbors in building the roads, railways and other infrastructure needed to support growth is costing it dearly, and hindering the regional economy’s full potential, business leaders gathered for an Asia-Pacific summit say.

President Vladimir Putin has promised to make the modernization of Russia’s infrastructure a priority for the coming years, but the challenges are great.

While China, Japan and South Korea have raced to build high-speed railways, ultra-modern ports and showcase airports — not all of it needed — Russia’s investment in its resource-rich far eastern regions has lagged behind.

Five years ago, it took four to five days to send rail wagons from a Siberian mill to the Chinese border and back. Now it takes seven to 10 days, Paul Herbert, CEO of Ilim Group, Russia’s largest paper and pulp company and the largest soft-wood supplier to China, said Friday in an interview.

Ilim, which has been 50 percent owned by International Paper since 2007, ships more than 1 million tons of pulp and board for packaging to China each year, 90 percent of it by rail, 10 percent by rail to Vladivostok and then by ship.

An Ilim rail car crosses into China every 20 minutes on average, through three spurs of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Overall traffic has increased but the switching equipment and rolling stock have not.

The railroad’s capacity has been “constipated by under investment in switching facilities,” said Herbert, who has worked in the industry for over 40 years.

Putin said Russia has been increasing the capacity of its railroads, noting that the Trans-Siberian now ships more cargo than at Soviet-era heights, but he acknowledged that much more needs to be done.

“Our railroads are struggling to cope with the rising amount of cargo,” Putin said in an address to business executives on Friday at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held this year in Vladivostok.

He also promised new roads, airports and pipelines in Russia’s east.

“One of the goals in the region is to expand the local energy sector and link it up with energy supplies from the European part of the country, be it hydropower stations or gas pipelines, Putin said.

Some of the missing and lacking connections are a legacy of the Cold War: North Korea, in particular, remains relatively isolated from the rest of Asia, its own infrastructure in shambles.

But both Russian and foreign executives attending a conference on APEC’s sidelines say the costs of those missing pieces are an unnecessary burden both for the economy and for consumers forced to put up with higher prices, less choice and the trials of traveling and living in a region lacking the conveniences taken for granted in most neighboring countries.

An estimate by the U.S.-Russia Business Council put Russia’s infrastructure needs during this decade at up to $1 trillion.

What Russia needs is “Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure,” said Oleg Deripaska, chairman of UC Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer. The cost of inadequate or poorly coordinated roads, ports, railways and infrastructure: “Less profit and more time,” he said.

As their traditional markets in Europe languish, Russian businesses are increasingly looking to the Asia-Pacific region for growth.

“We see this in their investment strategy, where they are focused on China and the U.S,” said David Gray, a managing partner for PwC Russia, which released an annual survey of CEOs in 40 economies.

He noted recent investments in Vladivostok’s roads, bridges and airport in preparation for APEC. “We see what Russia is capable of in a very short period of time when it puts its mind to it,” Gray said.

Close to 40 percent of those PwC surveyed in Russia cited bottlenecks in transport networks as having a negative effect on their operations, he said.

Siberia needs three times the railway capacity it has, said Deripaska. It also needs better public facilities, such as schools, a “proper customs regime” and incentives to attract an adequate workforce.

The gap between Vladivostok’s housing and public facilities and those in most other major port cities in the Pacific region is apparent on arrival at the newly built but very basic international airport terminal, where arriving passengers must tramp up the stairs to get to immigration.

“Not just pipelines and roads but also airports and hotels and education,” Deripaska said. “In Russia we are just beginning. We rested a long time on our cushion of oil and gas. We need to be competitive and we have to improve efficiency.”

To pay for such improvements is costly, and Russia has made attracting more investment from its wealthy neighbors a key aim in hosting the APEC summit.

The government has been working to make the investment environment more attractive, said Vladimir Dmitriev, CEO of VEB, a Russian state-owned bank. But much remains to be done in terms of amending laws and ensuring they are enforced fairly, he said.

Meanwhile, to ensure efficiency, prevent duplication and other waste and to coordinate logistics requires national planning.

APEC can play a role, those attending the conference said, in forging regional networks, especially in energy and transport.

South Korea is keen to buy Russian natural gas, importing a bigger share of the 35 million tons of energy it buys each year through pipelines, rather than shipping by sea from the Middle East and Australia, said Yang Bong Jin, CEO of Hyundai Energy & Resources.

“Pipeline gas is safer, cheaper and easier to use. All would be beneficiaries,” Yang said.

Korea would also welcome a regional “smart grid” for electricity distribution, to help it use excess supplies from Russia at times of peak demand. Connecting railways from Russia through North Korea to the South Korean port of Pusan would provide greater shipping capacity.

South Korea could also help Russia streamline border crossing procedures, which can be like a “snail line,” Yang said.

“In South Korea, immigration takes only a few seconds,” he said. Sharing technology to help speed things along could be a “magic wand.”

“Through sharing of infrastructure we may save time and minimize duplication,” he said.

Looking at the decades it took Japan and later China to develop, this will all take time, said Deripaska, the Rusal CEO. “We shouldn’t expect everything should happen overnight,” he said.

John Faraci, chairman and CEO of International Paper, said Russia appears determined to develop the infrastructure needed to attract foreign investors.

“We wouldn’t be investing $1 billion if we weren’t seeing a commitment from the Russian government to diversify the economy,” he said.

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