Are you bobbing in the water somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and South America, and feel like discussing the future of physical therapy research? Keep an eye out for physical therapist and all-around adventurer Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, as he sails by. Just don’t expect him to chat too long—the man has places to be.
Paris, 76, is now well into the first 30 days of his attempt to break the world record for the oldest and fastest person to sail around the world solo. He began the journey on December 2 and hopes to complete the trip in 120 days. He remains confident about his bid, though he got off to a slow start due to inclement weather.
Paris is taking on the challenge in part to raise funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. To date, his efforts have helped to raise over $200,000 for the Foundation.
You can track his progress in map form and get a firsthand account of the adventure by following his blog.
Help Stanley Paris bring more attention to the need for research in physical therapy: find out how to donate in honor of the sail and how your name can be added to the hull of the Kiwi Spirit upon her return. Visit www.foundation4pt.org for details.
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