"It's a sad story how she got to how she is now," Gonzalez said. "But it's a really great story about what she's doing now."
Along with former manager Bobby Cox and current pitching coach Roger McDowell, Gonzalez has organized various fund-raising activities to assist both Donald and the Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation, which helps others who have suffered spinal cord and brain injuries.
"It was amazing after I got hurt to meet Bobby and meet Fredi and just realize how great they are," Donald said from in front of the Braves' dugout a few hours before Thursday night's series finale against the Nationals.
The latest initiative is Cindy's Walks for Recovery, a program that will allow fans to make monetary donations based on the number of walks Braves batters draw over the course of the season.
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 individuals waiting to participate in approved therapy programs and purchase necessary equipment to improve daily life.
"I told [hitting coach Greg Walker] we're going to start giving a lot of 3-0 takes," Gonzalez said with a laugh.
For more information about how to participate, visit dreamsofrecovery.org or call 770-675-6565.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.