Advanced Physical Therapy Center of Conway's Race For The Cure Team Hosts Silent Auction Fund Raising Event
Conway's Advanced Physical Therapy Center is celebrating October as National Physical Therapy Month by urging members of the community to support their 2008 Race For The Cure Team. Approximately seventy women have joined the team so far and plan to pick up team T-shirts during a Silent Auction fund raiser at The Old Gin Special Event Center on Friday September 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m..
The Susan G. Komen Arkansas Race For The Cure (RFTC) is to be held October 11, 2008 in downtown Little Rock. October also happens to be National Physical Therapy Month. Advanced Physical Therapy Center's second annual RFTC team membership has exceeded 70 participants thus far. Team members include friends and family, local breast cancer survivors, patients, and members of the community who became aware of the team through efforts to publicize fund raising events hosted by the physical therapy center.
More than 80 local businesses and individuals have donated over $7000 worth of food, services, and merchandise to the Silent Auction and Casual Dinner organized by Advanced Physical Therapy Center's Team Captain Jennifer Massey and Marketing Director Angela Sewell. "The response from local businesses to our requests for donations has been overwhelmingly generous," says Sewell. Students from Conway High School's BETA club have volunteered to clean up after the event.
The Silent Auction is open to the public and serves as an opportunity for team members to pick up their team T-shirts and enjoy food, music and fellowship. "We have a great variety of door prizes and Silent Auction items for both men and women," adds Sewell. Any proceeds from the event will be donated to The Komen Foundation for breast cancer research in Arkansas. No admission will be charged, however donations at the door are encouraged.
The opportunity to promote exercise to her patients while simultaneously supporting research for a devastatingly common disease such as breast cancer was a no-brainer to physical therapist and owner of the clinic, Ellen Haverstick, PT. The objective of the American Physical Therapy Association's National Physical Therapy Month is to raise awareness of the physical therapist's role in treating movement disorders and prescribing exercise for injury recuperation and prevention. With both the RFTC and National Physical Therapy Month falling in October, it made sense to combine the two.
"Directing my patients toward a goal and providing a support system through RFTC team participation has been a fantastic way to promote disease prevention through regular exercise. Motivation to exercise is heightened when your participation is honoring or remembering a loved one with breast cancer. It also helps to be surrounded by 40,000 other people at the event with the same purpose. The energy at the race is contagious you leave wanting to participate the next year, which provides motivation to stay active in the meantime." states Haverstick. She anticipates that the Advanced Physical Therapy Center's team will double in size next year, due to the efforts of her staff and other volunteers.