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DPT Students Display Compassion, Concern for Their Fellow Man

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During the summer semester, we hold two-weeks of pro bono clinics for people in the community with rehab needs. It was during the 2014 neuro clinic that we came to know Mr. P and his family. He'd had a spinal cord injury, and unfortunately, he was sent home with no equipment, no potential for f/u therapy, and no real instruction for the family. His team of student physical therapists did a great job of getting him on his way to better function and provided his family with a great deal of valuable education. We were able to get him plugged in to some community resources for some additional pro bono therapy and equipment assessment.

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The family had told the team that they had built a ramp so that they could get him in/out of their home, and later, Dr. Seale was made aware of just how inadequate and unsafe this ramp was (see before pictures). Dr. Seale reached out to a church in Seabrook to see if they could help. Their Methodist Men Group volunteered and soon set about evaluating and making plans. They could do the work, but could not cover the materials. They asked if I could come up with maybe up to $1000 for supplies. The third year class president, Claire Conroy, was contacted and asked if the class could consider some fundraising. She promised to ask about it in their meeting later that day. They voted to provide a $1000 donation from class funds to cover the cost of the ramp materials.

On a later weekend in October, the Seabrook United Methodist Men completed installation of a ramp, built to code, for Mr. P (see after pictures). His family expressed their gratitude for the students and the group of workers. One of the people in the construction group made the following comment about our students: "your students deserve a great big thanks for their effort. It is wonderful to hear about young people who are not so self-centered as to make a huge difference in other peoples life."

This is an outstanding example of our students' compassion, concern for their fellow man, and their ACTION to make the world better.

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