ATI Foundation and Mulliganeers Unite to Provide Home Therapy Pool

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Two Chicago area foundations recently donated an Endless Pool to the family of Erin Kane, a five year old who suffers from cerebral palsy, for home aquatic therapy.

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Erin has fun while exercising with her father

In just six weeks of working in the pool, we have the carryover on land to hold her head up a few minutes at a time. That was only a dream prior to the pool.

Erin Kane has already been through a great deal in her young life.

The five year old suffered a series of strokes shortly after her birth that caused several health impairments—including cerebral palsy.

As a result, land-based exercise and therapy options are limited. Her mother, Kim, learned that water provided the best environment for her to strengthen her muscles, increase mobility, build her core and work toward sustaining head control.

Erin’s swim therapist suggested the family contact the ATI Foundation, as they searched for a way to make daily aquatic therapy a reality.

Ultimately, ATI partnered with a fellow Chicago-based foundation, the Mulliganeers, to raise support for Erin’s home Endless Pool.

An aquatic therapist now visits Erin every week at her home. “Whatever they work on with swim therapy,” said Kim, “we’re able to follow through with daily.”

“In just six weeks of working in the pool, we have the carryover on land to hold her head up a few minutes at a time. That was only a dream prior to the pool.”

Water therapy in an Endless Pool has long provided a safe, controlled environment for low-impact physical activity. People with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and other conditions are able to improve muscle tone and coordination, while reducing stiffness.

“As a company, we realize the opportunity we have to make a difference for those like Erin,” said Endless Pools Director of Service, Darren Pearse. “Our pools provide a dynamic exercise environment in particular for those with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.”

While many physical therapists offer the benefit of aquatic therapy in their facility, the flexibility of an Endless Pool allows installation at home as well.

For Erin and her family, the convenience has made a huge difference and she lights up when she has the opportunity to use the pool.

“Her favorite activity is to go on her belly and kick against the current,” said Kim. “It was astounding the first time she laughed out loud when she saw the current.”

Her mother is grateful for the ability to help Erin make progress daily at home.

“Together with ATI Foundation and the Mulliganeers, it made our dreams come true.”
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To learn more about Erin’s story and view a video produced by the ATI Foundation, follow this link.

To learn more about how an Endless Pool can benefit those with cerebral palsy, watch another family’s story here.

ABOUT ENDLESS POOLS:

Endless Pools, established in 1988, has served over 20,000 customers in over 80 countries, and offers compact, customizable home and commercial swimming and exercise pools. With a series of innovative products, from the Original model to the Spa Series, and an adjustable, revolutionary swim current, the product can be tailored for swimming, exercise or aquatic therapy. Low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, Endless Pools has a product to meet virtually any need.

For more information, visit http://www.endlesspools.com or contact Rob Shaeffer at 610-497-8676.

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