Contact: Megan D’Angelo
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 8423. Fax: (716) 664-8336

WCA Marathon 2 Month Challenge-Help Barb Get to Boston One Step at a Time!

Barb Crowley at September, 2015, Lehigh Valley Marathon
Barb Crowley at September, 2015, Lehigh Valley Marathon.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, January 14, 2016)—As the journey to recovery begins one step at a time, so does the journey for Jamestown native, Barb Crowley. Barb qualified for her third Boston Marathon placing first in the 55-59 age group in the Lehigh Valley Health Network, VIA Marathon in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a personal best of 3:47. As her training and preparation continue for the upcoming Boston Marathon in April, 2016 so do her fundraising efforts for WCA Hospital. Crowley has served as the coordinator for facilities planning at WCA and sees her appearance in the upcoming marathon as a perfect opportunity to help raise funds for a piece of sports medicine equipment for the hospital.

“The SCIFIT StepOne is the perfect place to start the recovery process and will be a great addition to our continuum of exercise therapy,” states Dan Johnson, WCA Hospital Director of Rehabilitation Services. “We value Barb’s commitment to give back to her community, and want to do everything we can to support her vision.”

“We came up with the idea to support Sports Medicine with the correlation of running and our community members who need sports related therapy,” states Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development. “This takes running to an entirely different level with Barb knowing that her community is behind her one hundred percent and she will be making a difference in so many people’s lives.”

Not only will Barb be asking for businesses or individuals to sponsor her, but WCA Hospital employees and the community will also be challenged to a Boston Marathon Month in February and March. The challenge will be to complete 26.2 miles over the course of the entire 2 months, whether they walk or run. All we ask is that people donate in support of them completing the challenge. All proceeds will benefit Barb on the Run 2016. A men’s and women’s division will be given a winning trophy by Barb along with a gift basket of Boston and Sports goods.

Step One shifts, adjusts and moves to accommodate individuals of all sizes and abilities. The swivel seat offers easy patient transfer, and is easily removed for direct wheelchair access. With its natural arm-to-leg ratio and easy to use touch screen, StepOne fits everyone from hip and knee replacements to cardio-rehab.

The WCA Sports Medicine Program has been serving the community for more than 25 years. Led by Michael Mitchell, M.D., fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, treats sports injuries in athletes and all active residents of all ages. When there's pain there is nothing to be gained without the proper assessment and treatment of athletic injuries. Conveniently located at the WCA Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, located directly behind WCA Hospital, 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, the WCA Sports Medicine Program was created exclusively for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. Prompt, professional care is essential for athletes to regain their full potential. Referrals to the center are accepted from physicians, trainers, coaches, parents or the athletes themselves. To make a sports medicine appointment, call (716) 664-8604. Appointments made within 48 hours.

If you are interested in donating to Barb on the Run 2016 or accepting the challenge by participating (registration is $10), please contact Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development at 716-664-8423 or or visit the firstgiving page at:

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