Pate joined our friends at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fort Worth at their annual PMR charity golf tournament to raise money that pays patient medical bills and even their living expenses during treatment.
The PMR charity golf tournament was held at Waterchase Golf Club and was packed with golfers including local celebrities and Dallas Cowboys. Area healthcare companies sponsored holes along the course with games and prizes to help fund raise and Pate got creative by bringing in a ringer to tee off for golfers for a $5 donation and chance to win a special Texas Rangers edition golf bag.
The twist? The ringer was fourteen year old golf champion Jordan Dusckas, a young woman who can drive farther than most men on the course. A junior PGA tournament champion and Drive, Chip and Putt North Texas Champion, Jordan manned the Pate hole and cheerfully hit drives to the awe of spectators, especially guys. Jordan racked up $529 for the PMR charity golf tournament. That's a lot of drives!
Jordan's mom Jennifer is a community liaison with Pate who loves the people at PMR Fort Worth."It's a privilege and an honor to be part of such a wonderful organization that gives back and helps the citizens of Fort Worth," Jennifer said. "I love everything about PMR...they are some of the most caring people in the medical field that I've ever seen. The patients they treat almost become family to them and they go above and beyond to serve them, treat them and fulfill any and all medical equipment needs through this charity."
PRM Charity was found by Dr. Omar Selod to meet a critical need. People going through treatment often struggle not only with medical bills, but paying their living costs when they aren't able to work. Adding financial stress on top of recovery makes getting better that much harder. So PMR Charity goes about quietly paying for patient needs when important equipment is out of reach, or essential bills have to be paid.
"If someone can't afford it, they buy them a walker or a wheelchair, they pay their bills, or buy prosthetic devices," Jennifer said. "You can see exactly what they do at PMR Charity on Facebook and you'll be amazed. $2000 to pay bills for a woman recovering from a stroke, paying someone's physician bills for $550, covering living expenses for someone recovering from cancer for $600. They assisted a single mother who'd been out of work without pay for two months after having a brain surgery. They paid her house and car payments for $3550!"
PMR Charity makes a difference in lives. So does its parent PM&R Fort Worth, a group of dedicated rehab medicine physicians. "Shout out to the PMR group," Jennifer says. "For being the best in Fort Worth."