Alex will be traveling from Ohio with his parents, Kevin and Beth Malarkey, to enjoy the 16th Annual Eric Westacott Foundation "Golf Classic".
"This is a very special trip for the Malarkey family," commented Eric Westacott, President of the Eric Westacott Foundation. "Not only is Alex coming to St. Louis to receive some much needed help, but this will also be the Malarkey's first family trip ever!"
As a spinal cord injured person himself, Mr. Westacott knows the challenges faced by SCIs, and the need for a consistent, focused rehabilitation regimen.
The Foundation, which is run on a completely volunteer basis, has raised over $250,000.00 for spinal cord research since its creation, in 2002.
In addition to the proceeds of the Golf Classic tournament, the Eric Westacott Foundation has also arranged for the receipt and transfer to the Malarkey's Ohio home of an RT300, a Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike, and tilt-table, donated by the family of Lorraine Valentini, a fierce bike rider, strong mentor and winner of a gold medal at the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship, in the 1980s, who passed on in July, 2009. The RT300 FES bike is designed to send electrical impulses to electrodes placed on the patient's muscles, causing the muscles to contract and - essentially - perform a workout. The use of RT300 FES bikes provides people with spinal cord injuries many benefits, including prevention of muscle loss, muscle strengthening, improved circulation, and cardiovascular exercise.
The transfer was made possible thanks to the help of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. "Chris and Lorraine contacted the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center when Lorraine was spi
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