On July 20th, 50 people gathered for a special event to honor two local children with physical impairments.
Golf registrations, raffles, contests and sponsorships raised a total of $13,535 for the ATI Foundation.
Following a round of golf, everyone gathered for dinner and special beneficiary presentations for Eli and Daydan.
Eli, a six-year-old boy from West Springfield, was born with cerebral palsy and a neurological disorder. He plays on The Miracle League baseball team of Western Mass. Eli has started to gain more strength and enjoys riding an adaptive tricycle at school when he is out of his wheel chair. Since he loves riding the tricycle that the school provides him during his therapy sessions, his family wanted one available to him at home to enjoy and gain more physical mobility.
Daydan, now seven years old, was born weighing just 1lb, 3oz. and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is non-verbal and unable to walk. During his physical therapy sessions, Daydan enjoys riding an adapted bicycle, which benefits him physically by improving his muscle strength. His family reached out to the ATI Foundation, saying that their son deserved to be outside enjoying life like other kids, even though he's unable to walk. Their wish for him was to have one of these bikes at home.
Each of these boys were presented with their very own brand new custom adaptive bike!
One of the highlights of the event was when golfer Bill Ingham won a hole-in-one contest hosted by Central Chevrolet in West Springfield and won a brand new car! He made a special presentation to Daydan, Eli and the ATI Foundation during the dinner event. (Read the full story here.)
Event sponsors included Excel Dryer, Astro Chemicals, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, World Wide Technology, The Totsy Foundation, Canon Real Estate, New England Functional Fitness, Chernick & Chernick Law Firm, TP Equipment Leasing, Cassidy Financial Services, New England Pallets & Skids, Karen Kirby - Coldwell Banker, and Fitness Team.
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.