I f you’re a patient of Madden Physical Therapy, then you’ve probably had the privilege of meeting Becca Engle. And if you’ve been with us for a while, you also know that she is the powerful reason behind the surge of bald heads and fundraising for a great cause every spring. Becca and I joined the Madden Physical Therapy team in 2012. Back then, Becca was a senior in high school, and her ultimate goal was to study physical therapy in college. Meanwhile, I had just graduated from physical therapy school and was starting my career. We were both at a sort of beginning, and I watched Becca take her decision and run with it. Becca is featured on all our at-home exercise cards and in many of our instructional YouTube videos, teaching patients about their care outside of the clinic. Beyond her contribution to our educational materials, she was a light for our clinic, always putting smiles on people’s faces. She had such a positive attitude about everything and was a truly special person. She was a golf coach, a talented athlete, and a committed student. I have no doubt that she was destined for great things. In February 2014, we lost Becca to a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer. She was just 21 years old and just scratching the surface of what her ability to help others could do. The year that Becca died, our team at Madden Physical Therapy knew we had to honor this special young woman who we had only briefly known yet whose tremendous impact we still felt. We could think of no greater cause to donate to in her honor than the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which provides research grants to those who are dedicated to childhood cancer research. The foundation began in March 2000, when a group of three men bet one another that if they could raise $17,000 for childhood cancer, they would shave their heads. HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH! MADDEN PHYSICAL THERAPY Going Bald for a Cause
The bet resulted in a staggering $100,000 raised, and thus spawned a new tradition.
Since then, participants have been shaving their heads in solidarity with cancer patients and raising money in the name of research. Becca may have been in her late teens when she received this cancer diagnosis but medically speaking, she was still a child. So, we brave the shave and raise money in the name of Becca each spring. Last year, we raised more than $15,000, and we know we can beat that this year! Our goal is $20,000 in 2020! It may sound lofty, but the cause is worth the price. If you’d like to help, please bring a check to our office. You can also donate online at StBaldricks.org/donate and search for Daniel Hinnerschitz, or spread the word to your friends. And if you can’t donate or if you want to see the results of your wonderful contribution, come support our team on May 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at Iron Hill Brewing Company in Hershey, where I will join other Madden Physical Therapy employees and shave my head! Ultimately, I feel compelled to shave my head every spring because of the young student I met in 2012. The world lost Becca far too soon; in her honor, we can do our part to prevent losing others just like her.
Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at StBaldricks.org.
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