The ATI Foundation proudly hosted its first Michigan Golf Outing this past weekend. On August 24th, 75 people gathered at Forest Akers Golf Course in Lansing to golf for a cause —to help the ATI Foundation provide resources and funding to children with physical impairments to enhance and sustain a better quality of life.
Two honorary beneficiary families were featured at the event.
Nine-year-old Morgan has been living with his legal guardian/soon to be adoptive mom, Rachel, in Jackson, Michigan. Morgan is a handsome, exuberant 9 year old boy from Zambia, Africa, who has cerebral palsy, lissencephaly, epilepsy, and a developmental delay (among other conditions). Rachel is a special education teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a passion for kids with intellectual disabilities. Due Morgan’s many diagnoses, he is wheelchair-bound and has participated in therapeutic horseback riding to improve his core strength. However, this service is not covered by insurance so they were going to have to discontinue his sessions. The ATI Foundation presented Rachel and Morgan with a check that would help him continue.
“Thank you for this amazing gift. We would no longer be able to do horseback riding because of the expense,” said Rachel, “This will allow Morgan six more months. This therapy is something he really enjoys."
The second presentation was to honor Silas, a two-year-old boy from Grandville who has been undergoing treatments for a genetic mutation and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. Silas, still in the hospital, was represented by his grandmother Lori and his brother Logan, who happens to be Silas’s bone marrow donor.
“Logan was very proud to be at the event accepting a check on behalf of his brother, and felt so honored to have the room clapping for his bone marrow donation,” said Kaitlyn, Silas’s mother. “Nick [Silas’s father] was using unpaid FMLA time to take a day or two off a week to be up here to support Silas with me. The money raised at the ATI Foundation Golf Outing has taken a big burden off our monthly bills as we had begun to live off credit cards. The generosity and support from friends, family, and strangers has made us feel so lucky, and it’s been a reminder of the good things in the world when we struggle with being at the hospital 24/7.”
Several business sponsored the event, including NAIOMT, Fields Fire Protection Warren MI – A Certa Site Company, Comprehensive Pain Specialists, Traverse City Orthopedics, and ATI Physical Therapy's Bloomfield Hills Clinic patients and staff, who raised money for a hole sponsorship.
“It was a great event and an even better opportunity to help these two local children in need,” said Dan Greenhill, Vice President of Operations for ATI Physical Therapy. “We had a great showing at our inaugural golf outing here in Michigan, and we were excited to make a positive impact on the lives of these kids and their families.”
The ATI Foundation was founded in 2003 by ATI Physical Therapy for employees and patients to give back to the communities in which they live, work and serve. 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. Learn more at ATIFoundation.com and follow on Facebook @ATIFndn.