Wheelchair Dance Comes to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago
"Wheelchair ballroom dance is an activity that has physical, mental and social benefits," Marchione explained. "These kids get the chance to connect with other people while dancing, and it is an activity that integrates people with disabilities and people without disabilities, which I think is very important."
Six patients - Tyler, Matthew, Jonathon, K.J., Kerstine, and Imperio - teamed up with hospital staff to learn dances from Scott and Marchione. After three hours of practice, the group performed in front of parents, patients, hospital staff and visitors. Then, Scott and Marchione took to the dance floor for the final performance.
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World Champion Wheelchair Bodybuilder Serves as Role Model to SHC Patients
Participating patients came from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Using the hospital as home base the week included daily workouts with Nick
, outings to local fitness centers, massages from Advanced Physical Medicine, and nutrition training with SHC dieticians. We owe Sara our gratitude for charting a well-rounded itinerary and working with Nick to plan and run the event. A special thanks to Brad Rosell, Recreation Therapist; Mike Hannah, RN; Joel Lowrie, RN; Chris Ellis, CNA; Joe Krzak, Kinesiologist; Victoria Rosenfeld, Clinical Dietitian, and other staff who pitched in to help make the week a success.
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