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  • News at NEXT: Foundation Receives Single $3 Million Donation, Largest Ever

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) recently received the largest single donation in its 38-year history—a $3 million gift that will be used to create an endowment for clinical research funding. The donation was announced at the Foundation's PT Party event held June 22 in conjunction with APTA's NEXT Conference and Exhibition.

    The remarkable donation comes from a family known for doing remarkable things for the Foundation—Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, and his wife Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS. In past years, Paris has attempted to sail around the world and swim the English Channel, and he successfully bicycled across the United States, all in an effort to raise money for the organization, which is focused on strengthening physical therapy research.

    "This generous gift will transform the Foundation's ability to fund clinical research at a higher level, providing significant and ongoing support for research that forms the basis of physical therapist practice," said Foundation President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, in a Foundation press release. "We are honored by the confidence that Dr Paris and Dr Patla have placed in us by recognizing and rewarding the exceptional work we do to support investigators in the field of physical therapy."

    "We support physical therapy research because it is critical to our profession's ongoing health." Patla said. "We want to sustain the Foundation's work for generations to come." In a video interview, Paris described the donation as a wise investment in physical therapy research. "We know that the money will be used carefully and spent effectively," Paris said.

    Paris and Field-Fote are Catherine Worthingham Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association.


    • Stanley and Catherine The impact of your contribution will move Physical Therapy research and practice forward for many years to come. We are appreciative of your consistent support over the past and as we look to the future. Fran Welk Foundation Trustee

      Posted by Fran Welk on 6/28/2017 1:23 PM

    • Many thanks to Drs. Paris and Patla for this incredible generous gift and for emphasizing the need for research funding in the field of Physical Therapy. Indeed, the future of the profession is dependent upon research and this gift will be a great help in funding much needed research. Hopefully it will also encourage others to give. Thank you very much!

      Posted by Esther E Dupont-Versteegden on 6/28/2017 2:57 PM

    • Thank you Dr. Paris and Dr. Patla! Your generosity on behalf of physical therapy research is inspiring...

      Posted by Bernardina Wilcox on 6/28/2017 6:07 PM

    • KUDOS to Dr. Paris & Dr. Patla for reminding all of us to give back & support the future of our great profession!

      Posted by Ralph Lucarelli on 6/29/2017 8:13 AM

    • Founder, (and my very first boss and mentor when I was a new grad from Loma Linda University), Charles Magistro, would be so proud and thrilled at such a generous gift.

      Posted by Karmen Williams on 6/29/2017 12:55 PM

    • Thank you to Mr. Stanley Paris and wife for your generous contribution to the PT field. I am glad for the increased interest in the field of research as clinical outcomes will continue to play a major role in the justification of compensation in the future.

      Posted by Cathy Robertstad MSPT on 6/29/2017 2:51 PM

    • Dear Mr Stanley Paris and Mrs Catherine Patla, thank you so much for such a generous gift. I am sure it will be used well to progress our profession and provide the evidence through research for our clinical practice and profession. Ann Van de Winckel, Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota

      Posted by Ann Van de Winckel on 7/1/2017 10:24 AM

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