Redmond-based Pushing Boundaries founder dies at age 70

Pushing Boundaries, a local nonprofit organization providing intensive exercise therapy to people with paralysis, announced the passing of their co-founder, Allan Northrup on Nov. 11.

  • Monday, November 14, 2011 6:03pm
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Pushing Boundaries, a local nonprofit organization providing intensive exercise therapy to people with paralysis, announced the passing of their co-founder, Allan Northrup on Nov. 11.

He was 70.

“The staff, friends and clients of Pushing Boundaries have lost a tremendous advocate for the improvement of life with paralysis through exercise therapy. We are all greatly saddened by the loss of our friend and visionary, Allan Northrup,” said Executive Director Tricia Lazzar in a press release. “We will always remember Allan as a lighthearted, caring, funny and devoted person. He always had a smile on his face that brought joy to all who knew him. The community has lost a true friend and wonderful person.”

After sustaining a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident in 2001, Northrup and wife Sharon founded Pushing Boundaries as a way to help others who were living with paralysis. Pushing Boundaries started in 2005.

According to the press release, Allan’s vision for helping others in the community, hundreds of people have seen their lives change for the better through their relationship with him and Pushing Boundaries.

A celebration of life will be held Jan. 7, 2012. For more information visit www.flintofts.com, who will be arranging the event. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Pushing Boundaries, in honor of Allan.


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