Bike/Run to Benefit Burn Patients

WHAT: Physical therapy students at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Allied Health Sciences will be working with members from the South Plains District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association and the West Texas Cycling Club to host the 2013 PT Classic 25-mile and 50-mile bike and 5K run through Ransom Canyon and Slaton.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 19)

WHERE: Ransom Canyon Center, 8312 East FM 3523, Suite 190 in Slaton

EVENT: The Student Physical Therapy Association established the PT Classic to help an ill classmate who couldn’t pay her medical bills. The event has since evolved into a milestone for successive physical therapy classes.

Physical therapy students work alongside the members of the South Plains District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association as well as the West Texas Cycling Association to put on the event. The PT Classic Bike Ride/Fun Run occurs annually in October, which coincides with Physical Therapy Awareness Month. The event raises community awareness about physical therapy while also educating people about health, fitness and regular exercise for overall health and well-being.

Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the University Medical Center Foundation to assist the Harnar Burn Care Center in funding compression garments for their patients. A burn patient needs a minimum of two garments for continuous wear 23 hours a day. Costs range from $150 to $200 for a shirt.

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