The Monday Memo
March 24, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Walk to Cure Arthritis
More than 50 million American adults are currently diagnosed with arthritis and it is estimated by 2030 that number will increase to 67 million. But arthritis is not just a disease of adults, as it also affects 300,000 children under the age of 18. As future physical therapist and health care providers there is no doubt you will treat a patient with this condition in the future, if you do not already know someone personally. That is why the Pitt DPT class of 2016 is getting together this year to participate in the Walk to Cure Arthritis to help raise funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. Even with a hectic semester of classes and clinical rotations, we have already begun fundraising to meet our goal of $4,000. Through selling wristbands, a March Madness 50/50 bracket and personal fundraising efforts we have raised $445, so we have a long way to go! But there are more events in the works to continue to work towards our goal (be on the look-out for more events to raise money on this webpage, or our facebook page!).
We would also be more than happy to have you join our team this year! Anyone who attended last year can tell you how fun the walk was, with many activities for kids and even dogs. The walk is on Saturday, May 31st starting at 8am in South Side works on 26th Street in Pittsburgh. Be sure to join our facebook page (the link above) and our team page to start fundraising. If you cannot make the walk, but would still like to make a donation, you can do so through our team page in the general team donation link.
The US spends $128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses (lost wages and productivity) from arthritis and related conditions. Our goal in conjunction with the arthritis foundation is to create a world free of arthritis pain. And we are thankful for any support you provide can help us reach that goal!
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Social Media Updates
- #DPTstudent – WEDNESDAYS , 9-10pm EST! Check out #DPTstudent page for details!
- Unite Physical Therapy Students – If you haven’t yet, please check out the “Doctor of Physical Therapy Students” Facebook page. More than 9,500 students have already joined!
- Our own page! Pitt Physical Therapy, thanks to the Social Media Team, has create an official PittPT Facebook page!
- #SolvePT (meets on Tuesdays Twitter from 9-10pm EST)