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FAL-WIN 2017

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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10 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 RAVENINGS GIVING BACK T heir mission: Make floating beach wheelchairs available for use throughout the state. eir goal: Raise $10,000 to purchase the chairs. eir result: Students in Franklin Pierce's Doctor of Physical erapy (DPT) program in Manchester, N.H., raised $10,730, exceeding their fundraising goal in a record six weeks. Adrienne Olney '18, the DPT student who spearheaded this project, says she came up with the fundraising idea because some of her favorite summer memories are of taking her daughter to the beach. She wanted others to have that opportunity. On June 6, Olney represented the University and her classmates at Hampton Beach State Park, as she and the organization she partnered with to procure the chairs, SMILE Mass, donated five chairs to Governor Chris Sununu. Each wheelchair has special wheels that can easily navigate the sand, and the chair is capable of floating, allowing beachgoers with disabilities to enjoy the water. ree of the chairs will remain at Hampton Beach; one will go to Mount Sunapee State Park and one to Wellington State Park. Olney is now in her clinical rotations at Freedom in Motion Physical erapy in Concord, N.H., as a student physical therapist. Each wheelchair has special wheels that can easily navigate the sand, and the chair is capable of floating, allowing beachgoers with disabilities to enjoy the water. DPT Students Exceed Fundraising Goal for Beach Wheelchairs New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, DPT student Adrienne Olney, New Hampshire State Parks officials, and co-founders of SMILE Mass, Lotte Diomede and Susan Brown.

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