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Florida Physical Therapy Association Donates $5,000 to Help with Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts
In Addition, FPTA Member Physical Therapist Wade Rinehart Releases ‘850 Strong,’ Nashville-Produced Song to Raise Money for Foster Children & Families in the Panhandle
(Tallahassee, Fla.) – Nov. 13, 2018 – The Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), the state’s only health care professional organization that represents the special interests of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, today announced that it has donated $5,000 to assist with Hurricane Michael Recovery efforts.
The FPTA’s donation was made to Rehab Therapists Give Back—a giving platform launched by Web PT and supported by the American Physical Therapy Association and others to assist with recovery from Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Irma, Florence, and now, Michael. FPTA funds will support relief efforts in the form of emergency supplies such as food, water and medicine, as well as longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.
In addition, FPTA member Wade Rinehart of Lynn Haven—who lost all except one of his clinics and sustained severe damage to his home—composed a song to help Panhandle foster children and families who need assistance. The Nashville-produced song, called “850 Strong,” can be downloaded with a $1 minimum donation, which will go to Emerald Coast Fellowship’s 501(c)3, and will be spent only on recovery assistance for local foster children and other families in need. Learn more and download “850 Strong” at www.850StrongSong.com.
“Physical therapists are motivated by helping others, and disaster recovery is no exception, especially when it happens in our communities,” said FPTA President Jamie Dyson. “We hope that our $5,000 donation to assist Floridians impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Michael is just the first of many efforts to give back. As Wade Rinehart’s fundraising campaign demonstrates, we’re also pursuing other ways as an organization and as individuals to make a difference and to help our state rebuild.”
To learn more about Rehab Therapists Give Back and to contribute to recovery efforts, visit https://www.globalgiving.org/rehab-therapists-give-back.
About the FPTA
The Florida Physical Therapy Association is the only health care professional organization that represents the special interests of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Florida. The FPTA educates Floridians, health care providers, and public policy decision makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion. The FPTA also manages the PT for Pain campaign, which educates Floridians about the power of physical therapy – particularly its role in treating chronic pain and helping people of all ages recover and maintain movement and mobility. Learn more at www.PTforPain.org and www.FPTA.org.