Frazier Rehab’s Annual Larosa Loop Event to Raise Funds for High-tech Bike for Kids

3/28/2012

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Louisville, Ky.—Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, wants you to run, walk, roll or cycle The Larosa Loop, an annual non-competitive event at Waterfront Park, on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8 a.m.  The event raises funds for the Frazier Rehab Institute and supports pediatric care for children coping with disabling illnesses and injuries. 

Funds from this year's event will help purchase a high-tech bike that allows pediatric patients to cycle with assistance from electrical stimulation to leg muscles.  The exercise helps children to improve cardiovascular function, muscle mass, bone density and overall health.  In recent years, Frazier Rehab Institute has increased its ability to serve the special needs of children with disabilities. Last year, the Larosa Loop raised funds to purchase the nation's first pediatric locomotor treadmill to help children recover from paralyzing injuries.

Larosa Loop participants can choose between the 10-mile or 25-mile bike ride or a one, three and five mile walk, run or wheel. Registration is $15 per person, or $40 for a family of four and includes breakfast foods/snacks and a t-shirt for each participant.  Other donations are accepted and all contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law.

The bicycle ride portion of the event crosses the Clark Memorial Bridge and proceeds east along the waterfront in Jeffersonville.  The 10-Mile ride travels west along the river and the 25-Mile ride continues to Utica, both return to Waterfront Park. The ride is scenic and flat and suitable for beginner to advanced riders. 

Family activities, including music, food and games, will begin after the event at approximately 10 a.m. 

The Larosa Loop honors the memory of Dr. Ethel Larosa-Klemens, a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who passed away on October 26, 2006 after a 15-month battle with cancer. She was a member of the American Medical Society, Kentucky Medical Society, Greater Louisville Medical Society, Executive Committee of Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital, Adopt-a-Student Pilot Program, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Advisory Committee at the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Filipino-American Society.

To register and join the fun, or to make a donation in honor of Dr. Larosa, log on to http://larosaloop.kintera.org.

Frazier Rehab Institute provides approximately 100 children with inpatient services and 470 children with outpatient care each year.

About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a comprehensive rehabilitation system with more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, providing therapy in acute care settings for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs.  Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition.  Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses, which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopaedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases. 
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