Kate Grevelding via Crowdrise
April 18, 2013
BENEFITING: The MGH Institute of Health Professions, Inc.
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 12, 2013
My name is Kate Grevelding, PT (’00), DPT(’02), OCS, ATC and I am honored to have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon to benefit the Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The Center, located on the Charlestown Navy Yard campus in Boston, MA, provides pro bono services to individuals in the local community who may not otherwise have access to physical therapy care or those whose insurance benefits have expired but still need continued therapy. The Center is part of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Institute, offering comprehensive assessment, therapy and specialty services for individuals with neurological and musculoskeletal issues. http://www.mghihp.edu/academics/physical-therapy/physical-therapy-center/default.aspx
WHO WILL BENEFIT? I feel so strongly about supporting the Physical Therapy Center because the benefits reach far beyond the confines of 4 walls in a building. The outcomes associated with provision of physical therapy services and health promotion for those that may not otherwise have access impacts more people than I could ever hope to reach on my own. Who will benefit? The individuals in the clinic that work with licensed PTs and Doctor of Physical Therapy students; The students who SEE the effects of their positive interactions and LEARN, hands on, the many ways they can impact people in the community; Family members and patients who INCORPORATE the wellness and health promotion strategies they learn to make long term positive lifestyle changes. Who else will benefit? YOU, the individual that donates to this cause, knowing that you have not only changed one life, but taken a step to influence many, many others.
MY GOAL: My goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit the Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion. I am CONFIDENT that I can do this, we can do this, and this keeps me going through the miles. One step a time, one donation at a time.
WHY YOU ASK? Yes, 26.2 is a long way! To me, each mile of the run represents a unique patient situation, a small step in the right direction or a large stride toward a greater functional outcome. Crossing the finish line will represent just one more positive outcome. My experience in graduate school exceeded every one of my expectations. The academic environment, highlighted by challenging clinical experiences in Boston and beyond, motivated me to broaden my perspective and to grow professionally as a young clinician and personally as young woman. I am now blessed with a wonderful family as well as over 12 inspiring years working as a Physical Therapist in both the academic and clinical settings. I have learned more from my patients than I think I have taught them. While I no longer live in the Boston area, the Institute is forever a part of me. Running the Boston Marathon is an opportunity to give back to the Physical Therapy Center in a way that I never anticipated. It is not only meaningful on a personal level, but it also represents the ability for all of us to push ourselves and give back to others. Please join me in this quest to give back, and to support our future.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported me in the first steps of this personal challenge. Your encouragement motivates me each training day! Stay posted for updates on my training adventures (and oh, they are adventures…) as well as some other exciting donation opportunities. Thank you!