Tidewater Physical Therapy Continues Leading Collection of Old Tennis Shoes in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk, VA

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Donate old sneakers at a variety of locations to help raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.

Tidewater Physical Therapy is an independent, out patient practice.

Tidewater Physical Therapy was founded in 1986 and has clinics throughout southeastern and central Virginia.

The sneakers may be piling up, but there’s still room to go, according to Tidewater Physical Therapy, Fleet Feet Running Shop, the Virginia Beach Field House and Running Etc. – a group of small businesses who banded together to collect old tennis shoes as a Southeast, Va. region-wide fundraiser.

The businesses are collecting old sneakers in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk to help raise money in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The collection efforts last until Sept. 6 in support of Rose Wildermuth, who will run The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October.

“Training is going well so far and I am feeling really good about it,” Wildermuth said. “The heat has been a challenge, but I prefer to run in hotter weather than freezing cold! Team In Training coaches help make our long runs on hot Saturday mornings easier with setting up water stops every two miles.”

In exchange for training and support, Team In Training participants raise funds to support research, financial aid and support for patients and families fighting blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

That’s where the sneakers come in. Thanks to GreenSneakers, these donated tennis shoes get a second chance at life as affordable footwear for people in need around the world. For every pound of gently worn tennis shoes collected, GreenSneakers will donate 50 cents to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Sneaker drop off spots are conveniently located throughout Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk.

Virginia Beach:

Tidewater Physical Therapy, 2004 Sandbridge Road, Suite 102

Running Etc., 1940 Laskin Road

Fleet Feet Sports, 4001 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Collins Square

Virginia Beach Field House, 2157 Landstown Road

Chesapeake:

Tidewater Physical Therapy clinics at 4020 Raintree Road, Suite D; 135 W. Hanbury Road, Suite B; and 108 Knells Ridge Boulevard, Suite 200

Norfolk:

Tidewater Physical Therapy, 6161 Kempsville Circle, Suite 250

Running Etc., 1707 Colley Avenue

The drop off locations will accept new and gently used sneakers. As these shoes will be cleaned up and used again, please be sure donated shoes do not have large rips or tears and that the soles are intact. Hiking shoes – with nubby turf soles – are accepted. Sports cleats, high heels, dress shoes, flip-flops, sandals, work boots and slippers are not accepted.

Please connect the shoes together as pairs, either with string a zip-tie or placed in the same bag so the pair remains together during processing.

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.

ABOUT TEAM IN TRAINING:

In exchange for coaching, training and support, Team In Training athletes help raise money to support research to find cures for blood cancers like leukemia – the number one disease killer of children –lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Athletes travel to a major endurance event, make athletic goals a reality and connect to an actual patient so the athlete knows just who and what they are doing it for.

Team In Training is the world’s first and largest charity endurance sports training program.

For more information about Team In Training, contact Josh Wade at josh(dot)wade(at)lls(dot)org or 757.459.4670, ext. 211.

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