Physical Therapy Students Volunteer at Multiple Sclerosis Ride

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 1, 2019

PT students volunteer at MS Ride

Left to Right: Christian DeLuca DPT'20, Rachel Gagne DPT'20, Elizabeth Eaton DPT'20, and Maria Serrantino DPT'20

Four students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program volunteered to help treat and triage patients during the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride on September 21-22, 2019. 

Christian DeLuca DPT’20, Elizabeth Eaton DPT’20, Rachel Gagne DPT’20, and Maria Serratino DPT’20, volunteered alongside Robert Sierra, director of rehabilitation at IvyRehab Physical Therapy, along the ride route to provide PT services for riders with Multiple Sclerosis. 

“The City to Shore ride was impressive to say the least, with some participants completing over 75 miles to raise money and awareness for MS,” said Gagne. 

The students had the opportunity to stretch and perform manual therapy on those with MS after they completed their races.

“It was incredibly motivating for us when participants expressed how thankful they were to have us at the event,” said Gagne. “In addition to that, we were humbled to hear about their experiences not only during the ride, but in their personal lives as well. Their kind words gave us even more of a reason to love our profession.”

All four plan to continue volunteering and advocating for these patients, and many others throughout our professional careers.

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