The Texas Golf Outing on October 19th was the ninth and final golf event of 2019 for the ATI Foundation. 90 people took part in the day’s events, and the event raised a total of $24,000 for children with physical impairments.
“We successfully completed nine outings in nine different states this year, and that’s something we’re proud of,” said Terry Williams, Director of the ATI Foundation. "The ATI Physical Therapy Texas Golf Committee did a great job of garnering support from the entire Dallas-area ATI clinics and corporate partners. Their success raising funds for this event helped us make an immediate impact on three local children."
Before the golfers went out for their round, everyone gathered for a special presentation to Bryce, a two-year-old boy from Fort Worth who struggles with symptoms of Menkes disease. He requires around-the-clock care, and is dependent for all of his daily functions, including G-button feeds, medication and sitting up. The family’s needs included financial assistance for medical expenses, as well as some equipment to help with Bryce’s sitting and positioning support. They were presented with a check to help cover some of these costs.
We have just recently been approved for his adaptive chair so the money donated from y’all will pay for that in full!” said Bryce’s mom, Kasey, “Such a blessing and we can’t say thanks enough!”
After golf, participants gathered for dinner and a celebration which included two more presentations.
Nathan, a high school student from Highland Village, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since he was five years old, he has been traveling regularly for out-of-state care, as well as for a clinical trial in which he is participating. In addition to the travel expenses for his medical care, the family is also struggling financially to accommodate their home for Nathan and his power chair. They need to widen doors, replace flooring, and install a higher accessible toilet and a hoist system. The ATI Foundation provided financial assistance for these needs.
“It was a great event and I really appreciate ATI supporting me and other kids with physical disabilities!” said Nathan.
Next, Zoey and her family were introduced. The nine-year-old from Coppell suffered a traumatic brain injury as a toddler, and requires special accommodations for her daily function. The family has been struggling to make the monthly payments on the wheelchair-accessible van they purchased, so the ATI Foundation was happy to cover six months of payments for them.
While this event was the conclusion of the ATI Foundation’s golf season, they are looking forward to helping more children across the 25 states they serve with the support of ATI Physical Therapy clinic-based fundraisers, regional events and the upcoming national Holiday Kids Campaign which will be launched in late November.
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.