On Saturday, August 10th, more than sixty people gathered at Kettle Hills Golf Club in Richfield, Wisconsin for an outing to raise funds for the ATI Foundation to help local children with physical impairments.
With the help of event sponsors, golf registrations and raffles, the event raised a total of $11,600. Two local beneficiaries and their families were in attendance for special presentations before and after a round of golf.
Silas, a five-year-old boy from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was diagnosed with an optic pathway/hypothalamic glioma at seven months old. His brain tumor is non-operable and treated with chemotherapy. He will always have this tumor, and the goal is to prevent growth. Two weeks before his fourth birthday, his tumor hemorrhaged and caused catastrophic damage. He lost his ability to walk and talk, and his vision status is currently unknown. He has been in and out of the hospital for the last year. A very determined Silas has worked hard in PT/OT to regain trunk and neck strength and has recently started pre-walking skills on the treadmill. At this point in his journey, Silas’s family said he would benefit most from specialized swimming lessons, a custom-fitted gait trainer, an A-swing frame and some other adaptive equipment for their home – none of which are covered by insurance. The ATI Foundation was proud to provide financial assistance for these items.
“We are very thankful for the ATI Foundation,” shared his mother, Lisa, following the event. “Silas has a lot of rehabilitation ahead of him, and your foundation will allow him to continue his journey forward. What a wonderful gift. Thank you for your hard and generous work!”
Landon, our second beneficiary, is six years old and lives in Grafton, Wisconsin. He has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and is non-verbal. He’s learning to use an eye gaze computer
system to communicate, and continues to be 100% g-tube fed. Although he is unable to communicate using words, Landon definitely has ways of getting his thoughts conveyed to other people. His parents shared that he is very smart and continues to maintain a positive attitude, but that Landon would greatly benefit from additional equipment to improve his daily function and enhance his quality of life. These items include a special needs jogging stroller, toileting chair, table-top mount for his eye gaze computer, a reclining support system, and a Vitamix blender for his g-tube feedings. The ATI Foundation was able to present a check at the golf outing to fund this equipment for the family.
“We feel so very blessed that Landon was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries at the ATI Foundation’s Wisconsin Golf Outing,” said Megan, Landon’s mother. “Landon’s life is full of so many challenges. The opportunity to be chosen has made it possible for us to purchase items that will make Landon’s life more functional and accessible to the world. Our friends and family who were able to participate in the golf outing had a blast and are looking forward to being able to golf again next summer to support other kids!”
Special thanks to all of the golf participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the third annual Wisconsin Golf Outing a success. Stay tuned for more event photos coming soon!
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.