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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.

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