Newport News, Va. (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
Tidewater Physical Therapy and its Newport News Tidewater Performance Center are pleased to announce that its patients and clients donated 150 pairs of old sneakers as part of an effort to help raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The collection efforts were in support of Erin Padgett, PA-C, a Physician’s Assistant at the Orthopedic & Spine Center in Newport News.
Padgett is an avid runner and fundraiser training for an endurance run with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) Program.
In exchange for training and support, TNT participants raise funds for cures toward blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Part of Padgett’s fundraising included work for Green Sneakers, which collects old and used tennis shoes to provide affordable footwear to people in need around the world.
For every pound of shoes that Padgett collected – 1,135 pairs total, weighing in at 1,600 pounds – Green Sneakers will donate 50 cents to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“Tidewater Physical Therapy and the Tidewater Performance Center are proud to help Erin achieve her goals,” said Paula Lumsden, Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Tidewater Physical Therapy. “We look forward to working with Erin in the years to come as she continues her training and her philanthropic efforts.
Lumsden called Padgett and her efforts, “truly inspirational.”
“I started team in training last spring when I wanted to run my first full marathon” Padgett said. “I lost a very close family friend, Stacy Philips, at the age of 19 after being diagnosed with a rare tumor called a Thymoma. She put up an incredible fight, however in the end the cancer won.”
Padgett plans to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC in April.
“During my long runs it was very inspirational to think of Stacy,” Padgett said. “When I thought my legs could no longer go on, I thought about her struggles and how she fought with everything she had while wearing a smile. I can’t imagine how many mornings she woke up and didn’t want to face the pain the day had to bring. If she never gave up and persevered on then I, a healthy 28-year-old, could run 26.2 miles in her memory. I continue to run in her memory and all the many others who have lost the battle to cancer.”
ABOUT TIDEWATER PHYSICAL THERAPY:
Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy is an independent, outpatient physical therapy practice with more than 30 clinics in southeast and central Virginia and two Performance Centers, located in Newport News and Gloucester.