East Division hosts their Inaugural Gala, “A Night at the Races”
On May 13 in Wilmington, DE, 300 people participated in a derby-themed gala, much like the events that took place in the Chicagoland region in 2014 and 2015. ATI Foundation supporters included vendor sponsors, ATI referral sources, business partners, community members, employees, friends and family members of ATI. The fundraiser featured simulated horse races, silent and live auctions and various other activities throughout the evening.
After the night at the races concluded, $120,000 was raised, and the Foundation was able to present a check to two families and two organizations that evening.
Kylie, age 10
10-year-old Kylie and her grandmother accepted a gift of $10,000 to help pay for a wheelchair enabled van. Kylie, who was born with spina bifida, resides in Lansdale, PA with her mom, dad and three siblings. Dad is currently unemployed due to his own illness, and mom also is not working as she stays home to care for Kylie and the rest of the children. One brother is seven, and she has a brother and sister who are three-year-old twins. The female twin also has spina bifida, but is able to walk. Limited space in their vehicle for the group of six–plus a wheelchair–has been a problem for them to safely travel anywhere as a family. With the help of the ATI Foundation, they are now able to purchase a van that will provide a much more comfortable and safe mode of transportation.
Connor, age 5
Cri du chat syndrome
Five-year-old Connor from Middletown, DE attended the gala with his family to accept an adaptive bicycle from the ATI Foundation, in partnership with Preston’s March for Energy. Connor was born with Cri du chat syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder due to chromosome deletion on chromosome 5. In addition to providing a fun way to increase activity at home and school, the adaptive bike will be incorporated into Connor’s therapy to help him strengthen muscles and develop functionally to improve his quality of life.
Preston’s March for Energy
Preston’s March for Energy was presented with a check for $6,600 as part of ATI Foundation’s 2017 commitment to provide 17 adaptive bicycles to children throughout the communities we serve. Connor’s bike marked the sixth given this year. Since the partnership began in 2015, ATI Foundation has sponsored 42 of the 202 bikes given away by Preston’s March for Energy.
Camp Open Arms
Maya, a first-grader from the Baltimore area, represented Camp Open Arms, another organization with which the ATI Foundation has formed a partnership. Maya has no fingers on her right hand, and will be returning to the camp again this year after having had the opportunity to enjoy it last summer. The camp, a collaboration of the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and the University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedics, is a program for children ages four and older who have limb challenges. It was created to be a place where children with limb differences, such as brachial plexus birth palsy and congenital/traumatic deformities, could experience a carefree camp experience, along with a social component for the children - a place where they can play with others who face the same obstacles. Pediatric orthopedist and Open Arms Camp Director, Dr. Joshua Abzug, accepted an $8,500 gift on behalf of Camp Open Arms, which will allow more children to benefit from the three day summer adventure as it enters its third year of operation. Another way the ATI Foundation is getting involved in 2017 is by inviting ATI Physical Therapy clinicians to work with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Department to create an obstacle course and assist the kids at camp as they celebrate a “Local Heroes” theme.
The ATI Foundation is already planning their second East Gala event, scheduled to take place on May 19, 2018. Event details, sponsorship opportunities and registration information will be shared at ATIEastGala.com as it becomes available.
The mission of the ATI Foundation is to provide resources and funding to children with physical impairments to enhance and sustain a better quality of life. Since 2003, the ATI Foundation has raised over $4,000,000 to assist children with physical impairments in our communities. Often our beneficiary families have mounting debt, and are overcome by financial and physical obstacles. Through the work of ATI Physical Therapy clinical and corporate team members, The ATI Foundation raise funds to purchase medical equipment, pay bills, and even remodel families’ homes to accommodate their child’s special needs. But more importantly, they give families hope by offering a better quality of life for their child. Learn more, donate, or nominate a beneficiary at ATIFoundation.com. Be sure to follow the ATI Foundation on Facebook, and view inspiring videos and stories at the ATI Foundation playlist on the ATI Physical Therapy YouTube Channel.