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AT Home Care is gearing up for their 7th annual Limb Drive which will take place on Sunday, May 17th , in Norfolk.  We are collecting prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation equipment to be used by amputees in developing countries. PFP, the international nonprofit, medical-education organization, created the Walking Free program with AT Home Care’s internationally renowned physical therapist, David A. Lawrence, in 2002, to provide the much needed equipment to clinics established in developing countries.  The event takes place from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the parking lot of the Norfolk Tides Baseball stadium, Harbor Park, off Union Street in Norfolk.  Each person making a donation (limb,  walker, etc., or money) will receive 2 complimentary tickets (while supply lasts) to the baseball game that afternoon. Prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices will be collected from hospitals, physical therapists and amputees from all over the country.  The prosthetics are then disassembled and sent to the Walking Free clinics in developing countries where PFP volunteers train local therapists and prosthetists in the latest techniques of amputee treatment. This collection goes on throughout the year at locations around the country.  For more information on how to donate, call AT Home Care’s main office at 866 497-4110.VCU basketball is always exciting.  Sitting so close to the court and watching those guys rebound and hustle before your eyes is thrilling for any fan, let alone a 13 year old kid.  Getting more kids who normally wouldn’t be able to see a game due to financial situations and lack of transportation was the goal behind VCU’s RAY program, of which AT Home Care is the leading sponsor this year.  The program provides free tickets to underprivileged kids who are part of various programs in the Richmond Metropolitan area. “Getting kids to appreciate sports is the first step in getting them to play them”, says Ed Kassab, who himself has coached basketball for young kids for over 5 years.  Ed, the president of the home care agency is a huge fan of VCU and rarely misses a home game.  Team sports teach a child so much in terms of cooperation and discipline which can carry over into their everyday lives.  “We hope that this small opportunity to watch some local athletes  excel in their game will raise their interest and motivation to get involved in a sport…whether it be basketball, track or any other sport.  The more they are involved in practice, the less time they have to get into trouble”.  It’s a win- win situation for the kids and the organizations that support them.  It so rewarding to see the excitement on their faces at a game. In home health care, we at AT Home Care focus on the elderly and disabled, but the RAY Program gives us an opportunity to focus on giving back to the youth of Richmond.  Go Rams!

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