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  • Move Forward Radio Shines a Spotlight on Childhood Cancer

    In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this week Move Forward Radio showcased the impact that physical therapists (PTs) can have on the lives of children with cancer by sharing the story of Mathias Giordano.

    A 13-year-old with osteosarcoma, Mathias had his lower right leg amputated during his battle with cancer in the hopes of remaining as active as possible, and with the goal of returning to the soccer field.

    Before the amputation, Mathias started seeing Mike Reing, PT, MSPT, OCS, and the 2 formed a special bond.

    "I can't save anyone's life; that's not my role," Reing told Move Forward Radio. "But my job for Mathias is, 'All right, let's do everything we can to preserve his quality of life.' And my definition of [quality of life] doesn't really matter. What matters is his [definition]."

    Mathias's mother, Roya Giordano, said that physical therapy has been "incredibly meaningful and important" in her son's journey.

    "Having Mike on our team has been the biggest blessing of all, because Mathias and Mike established a relationship that no one else has," she said.

    Move Forward Radio airs approximately twice a month. Episodes are featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as podcasts via iTunes.

    APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients and clients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a PT. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to consumer@apta.org.

    Volunteers Needed for 2 APTA Task Forces

    Opportunities are now available for APTA members to serve on the Excellence in Physical Therapist Education and Scope of Practice task forces, but applications for the positions must be completed by October 2.

    The first step is to fill out an interest profile on the Volunteer Interest Pool webpage. Once completed, click on the "Apply for Current Vacancies"button and select the task force you're interested in joining. Details on all volunteer groups can be found on APTA's Volunteer Groups webpage.

    APTA relies heavily on its volunteers, who in turn gain valuable leadership and growth opportunities while working with some of the most outstanding physical therapists in the country.

    Free Webinar Will Focus on Aquatic Interventions for OA

    An upcoming 30-minute "Lunch and Learn" free webinar from the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) will focus on the latest thinking around aquatic exercise interventions. The session will be held September 17 beginning at 12:00 pm ET.

    The presentation will feature Dennis Dolny, PhD, and Eadric Bressel, PhD, professors in the department of health, physical education, and recreation at Utah State University. Dolny's work has included research on techniques to monitor skeletal muscle activity while walking and running in water. Bressel's biomechanics laboratory focuses on relationships between anatomical structures, mechanics, and injuries, with specific emphasis on aquatics-based research.

    Registration for the event is available online, and the slide presentation for the webinar can be viewed in advance. OAAA archives its Lunch and Learn webinars for use at a later time. APTA is a member of OAAA.