December 1, 2022


Seventeen children with physical challenges got a chance to experience the thrill of competition at the Meet Me at the Finish Line! Youth Adaptive Try-athlon sponsored by HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois. Athletes and their adult buddies splashed, pedaled and stepped through the race as a team. The hospital's physical rehabilitation and wellness team coordinated the event, held in late September at The Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex in Effingham. Many of the volunteers who supported the athletes were from HSHS St. Anthony's. Clockwise from top right: Megan Weichman, HSHS St. Anthony's physical therapist, left, athlete Dalton Hildebrand, and Rose Borries, HSHS St. Anthony's occupational therapist, are all smiles after Dalton got a medal, as all the athletes did. Scott Bales, left, and Tony Feeler, volunteers from the nonprofit AMBUCS, help athlete Olivia Clayton get ready for her ride on an adaptive bicycle. With Dalton's mom, Kristy Hildebrand, right, recording, Weichman and Borries accompany the youngster on the running leg of the event. Jon Lankow, left, HSHS St. Anthony’s physical therapy assistant, volunteer Braden Magelitz, and Erica Magelitz, HSHS St. Anthony's physical therapist, encourage Steven Cook on his swim. Jennifer Wagner, HSHS St. Anthony's clinical educator, pushes athlete Adelaide Hastings, as Borries cheers them on.

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