We created Missing Link Physical Therapy as a place where dreams can be realized; it is ‘our’ utopia! One of our main goals is to give back to the community and to those in need. This year we have chosen to be affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
In October 2014 I had the pleasure of visiting Children’s National and was given the Grand Tour by Doctor Anne Angilillo (Director of Leukemia and Lymphoma Program Division of Oncology Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders) and Martha McCollum (Director of Development at the Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders). The visit was quite profound as I have not had a loved one affected by this deadly disease. This visit made me realize that childhood cancer is a burden not only on the patient, but on the family as a whole. Often we live in this bubble and we don’t recognize the hardships that many people experience. On the outside of the bubble we don’t see the financial costs of treating cancer and the emotional stress it poses to the parents, siblings and extended family. As a father of two children I cannot imagine being faced with such a situation; consequently, we don’t want to wait until a loved one is affected by this deadly disease to play a part in finding a cure and in improving the quality of life of children suffering from cancer.
At Children’s National you see where the money is spent. The facility is patient and family centered. Clinically we see significant changes in survival rates; for example, children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (most prevalent cancer treated at Children’s National) has a 95% survival rate today as compared to years ago where there was a fatal diagnosis. We must look beyond the children’s survival because they also need support for medical expenses as 75% of the children suffer long term conditions due to treatments. This progress can only continue with ongoing funding.
We at Missing Link Physical Therapy want to ensure that the progress made in research is ongoing. Please assist us in raising funds for Cancer and Blood Disorders!! We have set a goal to raise 15,000.00 by February 15th, 2015 and sincerely appreciate any donation you are able to offer, please remember that any amount helps. Let’s continue the fight against Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Thank you for your consideration and for being part of this worthwhile cause. Please use the following link to make your contribution today!