Catherine Vo '13

Catherine Vo '13, Rosanne Cereghino '13, Dr. Todd Davenport, and Nicole Basham '13 at CSM.

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Paving the Way for Future Generations

Apr 22, 2013

It's a positive trend at Pacific to see our students join forces to support a cause; one that will benefit not just an individual but a group as a whole. Last fall, Jordan Raya '13 and Devin Leslie '13, created the Decades of Giving program to support student physical therapists' with travel costs associated with attending theAmerican Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) each year. This year, in January, it was held in San Diego.Catherine Vo ’13, Rosanne Cereghino ’13, Dr. Todd Davenport, and Nicole Basham ’13 at CSM.

"I had a great time at CSM attending different presentations and networking with physical therapists already in the field. I was able to meet the President of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and talk about physical therapy opportunities throughout the world," said Raya.

The fundraiser served as more than a resource for financial support; Raya says it provided emotional support for the students and "instilled in us the knowledge that there are generations of physical therapists that support our goal to attend the conference and experience physical therapy in a new light".

Decades of Giving reached out to alumni with the same last digit in their graduating year as the current class going to CSM. For example, the Class of 2013 reached out to members of the Class of 1993. It is their hope to pay it forward and support the Class of 2023.

"I hope that in the future more and more people are able and willing to contribute to sending students to CSM because it is such a great opportunity to learn," commented Leslie.

The students have passed down the responsibility to members of the Class of 2014 and have encouraged them to get involved.

about the author

Dua Moua   Dua Moua '09 is the Marketing Communications Assistant at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Pacific.