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  • New 'Rehab Therapists Give Back' Effort Helps Channel Donations to Hurricane Victims in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico

    Though the storms themselves have passed, people affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria will struggle with the devastation for the foreseeable future. Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and other rehabilitation professionals now have an opportunity to come together as a unified community to help those in need.

    Earlier this month, electronic medical records system provider WebPT announced the launch of "Rehab Therapists Give Back," an online giving program with the goal of raising $1 million for people affected by recent hurricanes that destroyed parts of Houston, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Accessible through a GlobalGiving website, the initiative allows donors to contribute any amount to any of 4 relief funds.

    To help kickstart the campaign, WebPT made a $10,000 donation to the effort. APTA followed suit by committing a $10,000 donation match, which was met within 24 hours.

    "Many of our members have been asking about where they could make a relief donation," said Justin Moore, PT, DPT, APTA's chief executive officer. "The Rehab Therapists Give Back campaign is an ideal opportunity to join other professionals in showing our commitment to helping people rebuild their lives."

    Another future opportunity to give to a different cause through GlobalGiving: keep an eye on the new Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) GlobalGiving website for future fundraising efforts that support education for the health care workforce in resource-scarce countries. APTA is a supporter of HVO, and several APTA members have participated in HVO efforts to support physical therapy in places such as Haiti, Rwanda, and Myanmar.

    Comments

    • I have to say that I have never felt prouder of belonging to this organization than now. I am a PT trained in Puerto Rico and most of my family and fellow therapists are still there. THANK YOU! Also, I wanted to let you know that there are therapists (PTs and PTAs, and other rehab professionals) in Puerto Rico that lost everything. I thought that it would be a good idea to identify them and send the help directly to them. If this idea interests you, I want to offer my help to brainstorm and figure out the best way to make direct donations, as well as identify those therapists that lost their houses and/or clinics. Also, if there are other initiatives where you think I can help, please let me know. Once again, thank you so much for this initiative; it's great to know that this organization truly cares!

      Posted by Carmen Capo-Lugo, PT, PhD on 10/12/2017 7:53 AM

    • I am a PT living in Puerto Rico. My island is confronting one of the worst time in our history. We are a country that is strong and we are certain that we will prevail and this shall pass soon. Our big concern is that there are too many people without communication, water, food and shelter. Many people and therapist lost there jobs and clinics. All of the initiatives such as this one give us HOPE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

      Posted by Ritzel Hidalgo, PT DPT ATRIC on 10/16/2017 8:53 AM

    • Friends I will like to say thank u so much for job well done,we are in the west African country of Liberia,our area is lack of good health care n physical therapy, I therefore request ur help in this part of the world.

      Posted by Isaac Koffa on 11/4/2017 7:14 AM

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