Euro-Pêds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, announced it will award $45,000 in treatment and travel grants during 2017 to assist children from Michigan and nationwide with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and other gross motor challenges receive treatment at Euro-Pêds®National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac. The total grant funding amount available represents an increase of about $5,000 over the previous year. Families with financial needs can apply for up to $1700 toward treatment and $800 toward hotel expenses. Euro-Pêds also has several local hotel partners with discounted rates to further support families who travel for treatment. Grant applications and donation opportunities are available on the Euro-Pêds Foundation website: www.europedsfoundation.org.
Grant applications must be received at least four weeks prior to starting a treatment session. In 2016, Euro-Pêds Foundation assisted 25 children with treatment and/or travel grants that totaled approximately $41,000. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Euro-Peds Foundation has served 39 families since 2015.
“While Euro-Pêds National Center accepts most insurances, large deductibles and co-pays still prevents some families from seeking treatment. Our foundation provides funds to children and young adults who can benefit from longer, intensive physical therapy at Euro-Peds. Using a European approach and special tools in combination with longer, more frequent treatment sessions, patients achieve greater mobility and improved functional skills. This leads to more independence and better health,” said Michelle Haney, PT, MSPT, Director of Euro-Pêds National Center for Intensive Pediatric PT and Euro-Pêds Foundation Founder and President. “We believe every child deserves a first step. Most Euro-Peds patients advance at least one functional level with their treatment program.”
In July 2015, Euro-Pêds National Center purchased and moved to a new facility at 3000 Centerpoint Parkway in Pontiac, Mich.; near I-75 and M-59 at the intersection of Square Lake and Opdyke roads. The facility has large, private therapy suites for the entire family and features close, front entrance parking and extra-wide hallways for mobility equipment, biking, bowling and other fun therapy games at the one-level, 8,400 sq. ft. building. Intensive physical therapy is a complementary treatment to other traditional physical therapy programs and Euro-Pêds welcomes the opportunity to coordinate care with any other medical provider.
ABOUT EURO-PÊDS® FOUNDATION
Established in 2013, the Euro-Pêds Foundation (EPF) raises funds and disburses treatment and travel grants to families of children with gross motor disorders in need of financial assistance for specialized, intensive physical therapy at Euro-Pêds National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Michigan. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation also assists in providing education about therapeutic interventions for the children and their caregivers. EPF believes every child deserves a first step. For more information, visit www.EuroPedsFoundation.org or call 1-844-EURO-PEDS (844-387-6733).
ABOUT EURO-PÊDS® NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTENSIVE PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
Euro-Pêds® National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy has helped more than 1500 children and young adults with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida and a variety of other gross motor disorders learn new skills to improve mobility, self-esteem and independence.
Located in Pontiac, Michigan, the Center opened as North America’s first intensive pediatric physical therapy center in 1999 for families throughout the U.S. and beyond seeking a specialized regimen of practice conditions, including use of the Universal Exercise Unit and optional patented suit therapy to optimize motor training and significantly improve motor skills. For more information about Euro-Pêds’ individualized programs based on intensive therapy techniques originally pioneered in Eastern Europe and blended with best practices developed in the United States, visit www.EuroPeds.org or call (248) 857-6776.