ATI Physical Therapy and its charity arm, the ATI Foundation, came together recently to help support a family in need.
The Boyer family of Waterloo was presented a $3,500 check, which will help cover the costs for therapeutic horseback riding sessions, a special adaptive bicycle and new ankle foot orthotics for their daughter, Lydia.
“Our patients become like family to us and through the Foundation we are helping meet the needs of the family both physically and financially,” said Terry Williams, director of the ATI Foundation. “Every employee of ATI Physical Therapy lives to serve others. The Foundation is just an extension of that giving. It is because of our 7,500 team members that we are able to give back to the communities where we work and live and help children like Lydia.”
Lydia Boyer was diagnosed with stage 4 Medulloblastoma, which has left her with limited mobility among other ailments. Since the diagnosis, she has undergone six brain surgeries and a multitude of other procedures. The adaptive bicycle will help support overall movement and allow her the opportunity to ride a bike with other kids.
“From day one, ATI has embraced us like family,” said Josh Boyer, Lydia’s father. “ATI and the Foundation have been amazing. We have great trainers and feel like we’ve been getting quality physical therapy and we know that Lydia’s getting stronger because of it.”
The presentation took place in late April at ATI’s Waterloo location with staff and family gathered for a photo.
ATI is a privately held, nationally recognized health-care company, specializing in outpatient rehabilitation and adjacent healthcare services. ATI has close to 780 locations from coast to coast. Based in Bolingbrook, Ill., ATI gives back to communities through the ATI Foundation, a non-profit established by ATI, which has provided more than $3 million in resources and funding to children with physical impairments.