64.5 F
Park Forest
Sunday, May 29, 2022

GSU Physical Therapy Students Raise Funds for Research

Kristy Ton (left) and William G. Boissonnault (right)

GSU Physical Therapy Student Kristy Ton (left) and William G. Boissonnault (right), PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL–(ENEWSPF)– For the second straight year, Governors State University students, all members of the Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), took part in the Marquette Challenge. The GSU team raised $3,000, three times as much it collected last year.

Since 1989, physical therapy students at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have challenged students from other PT programs across the nation to raise funds for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Foundation for Physical Therapy. The foundation raises money to help fund research grants for the development of effective physical therapy interventions.

Each year approximately 45 schools participate in the Marquette Challenge. Since the inception of the program, students have raised more than $1.3 million dollars for the foundation.

Heading up this year’s GSU team was Kristy Ton, physical therapy student and outgoing PTSA President. “It was very much a whole team effort,” Ton noted. “It took a lot of time to write all the papers and research all the quiz questions. The faculty members were all very excited and supportive of this activity.”

For their fundraising venture, Ton and nearly 20 other GSU PTSA members sponsored bake sales but also researched and wrote an independent home-study package of functional and balance tests, complete with quizzes. The Education and Training Center, a division of Rehab Connections in Homer Glen, purchased the student’s self-study materials and plans to use them at seminars and other educational events. The Education and Training Center provides continuing education for rehab professionals in the area.

GSU’s PT students raised approximately two-thirds of this year’s donation through the sale of the self-study materials.

Additional funds raised by the PTSA were used for student tuition grants. The funds also helped 19 students attend the American Physical Therapy Association national conference last February in San Diego, CA.

Recent Articles

Stay Connected

3,804FansLike
1,268FollowersFollow
567SubscribersSubscribe

- Local Advertisements -

ENEWSPF NEWS ALERTS

Most Popular Articles

Park Forest
clear sky
64.5 ° F
68.8 °
62.5 °
74 %
2.2mph
0 %
Sun
81 °
Mon
84 °
Tue
86 °
Wed
77 °
Thu
62 °

About Google Ads

The Google-supplied ads that appear on this website are not reviewed ahead of time and differ for each visitor. If anything offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise unwholesome appears, please notify us so we can take steps to block that specific advertiser. Email the URL or advertiser name to [email protected].