5K race to support Elon’s DPT community outreach program


    ELON – Graduate students in Elon University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program will hold a 5K race on April 18 to raise funds for a campus pro bono clinic that helps community members with their physical therapy needs.
The 5K run/walk/roll starts at 10 a.m. at the Gerald L. Francis Center on East Haggard Avenue. Runners will travel through the Danieley residential neighborhood before making a loop around campus, including Moseley Center, Belk Library, the Koury Athletic Center and the Global Neighborhood.
   The Health Outreach Program of Elon offers physical therapy for those who are uninsured or underinsured in Alamance County and surrounding areas. The program was founded in November, 2013, and was the first student-run pro bono clinic in North Carolina.
“We provide a really unique service to the area and we want to promote wellness and well-being,” said Jessica Nowak, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) candidate and one of the race organizers. “This 5K not only helps our patients to get active, but it also helps our community members, who might not need physical therapy, to stay active.”
Elon DPT students treat individuals with various musculoskeletal and neurological impairments under the supervision of volunteer licensed clinicians from the faculty and the community. The clinic saved the community more than $50,000 in medical costs and helped more than 50 patients during its first year of operation. More than two dozen licensed physical therapists and more than 100 Elon DPT students have
volunteered at the clinic since it opened.
Registration for the 5K is $20 if postmarked by April 15. Cost on the day of registration is $25. The race is open to runners of all ages. For more details, visit www.elon.edu/dpt and click on the “Hope Clinic” link in the left menu bar.



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