BenchMark Rehab Partners Sets $300K Goal for the American Heart Association

BenchMark Rehab Partners is proud to announce their partnership with the American Heart Association for their 2017 Beyond the Mark Initiative.

Heart disease is the nation’s number one risk of mortality. We plan on attacking this two main ways.

The first approach is to collectively raise funds that will go to research and awareness. Our goal this year is $300,000! The campaign was begun by our leadership team writing personal checks that exceeded $24,000. Additionally, each clinic will participate by hosting fundraisers within their community.

Furthermore, the second part of the initiative is to improve the company’s health as well as spread awareness to our communities. “Healthy for Good” is AHA’s movement that focuses on eating smart, adding color, moving more, and living well.  We will utilize our clinics and communities to create challenges and motivation for all to become healthier.

Beyond the Mark: With a mission to inspire and empower others to reach their full potential, we began an initiative of uniting associates in the company with a heart to serve in 2011. The Beyond the Mark initiative was born with the goal to reach outside our clinic walls in the areas of health, hunger and homelessness to give back to others and our communities.

Regional Director Finishes IRONMAN® World Championship for LLS

As the parent of a cancer survivor and a cancer survivor himself, Robert Cornett participated in the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on Oct. 8 through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training program. TNT is the flagship fundraising program for LLS and the only endurance sports training program for charity that raises money for blood cancer research.

As a regional director with BenchMark Physical Therapy, Robert partnered with the company for the IRONMAN® Chattanooga in September 2015 to raise awareness for childhood cancer. As an official partner for the IRONMAN® Chattanooga races, today BenchMark Physical Therapy is proud to support Cornett to raise awareness for blood cancers with the LLS. BenchMark’s original plan was to raise $75,000 with the help of associates and patients. However, the company raised over $227,000. Through golf tournaments, smashing pies into faces, cookouts and yard sales, the company exceeded their own expectations.

Though Robert is a skin cancer survivor, blood cancer also hits close to home—Cornett is the father of a seven-year-old survivor. When his daughter Norah was a toddler, she was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). After a two-and-a-half year battle, Norah is now in her third year of remission and is enjoying life as a happy, healthy first grader.

Cornett wrote on the family’s CarePage blog in 2011 when Norah was initially diagnosed, “I just thought doing the IRONMAN® two years ago would be the hardest endurance race I would run. Not even close. We are ready to take on this journey. Our family has been strengthened beyond words,” he added, “Adversity has a way to doing that.”

Toy Drive for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

For the second year, BenchMark Physical Therapy is partnering with an 11-year-old patient to host a kids’ toy fundraising drive for the patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

In 2014, Emilie hosted a teddy bear drive by herself and collected over 900 bears. In 2015, BenchMark and Emily teamed up to collect over 1,000 bears. This year, we will continue to collect bears, as well as new board games and card games.

The hospital’s largest current need are board games and card games. To protect patients from the possible spread of germs, these items are not shared, because the cardboard or paper materials cannot be thoroughly disinfected. The most requested card games are Uno, Skip Bow and Phase 10. Great board games include Candyland, HiHo Cherry-o, Chutes and Ladders, Operation, Sorry, Monopoly and memory matching board games. We request that teddy bears be new and standard sized.

To donate, please bring the new items to any of the 16 BenchMark Physical Therapy clinics throughout Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Financial donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase more teddy bears. The drive will continue through December 22, 2016.

Fifth-grader Emilie Gregg suffers from several uncommon diseases, including a rare blood disorder, Hypoplasminogenemia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, epilepsy and a genetic cardiac disease. Emilie has been receiving treatments at Children’s Hospital in Knoxville for the past seven years.