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'PTA 5K' Sept. 29

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ozarkThe Ozark Campus Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is sponsoring a 5K run/walk Saturday, Sept. 29, to raise funds for the Gregory Kistler Treatment Center and Equestrian Zone.

PTA students perform clinicals, which is like an internship, at both the Kistler Center in Fort Smith and Equestrian Zone in Russellville.

The event is being held at West Side Park in Ozark, located at North 29th and Waldron streets, with a 7 a.m. start for runners and a 7:30 start for walkers. There is a $30 entry fee and $15 for children 11 and younger.

Those unable to participate still are encouraged to donate.

Lindsey Wilson of Alma, a PTA student at Arkansas Tech-Ozark, said, “We’re all very excited to be helping out these two amazing organizations, which help out PTA students, as well as countless others with their services.”

The Kistler Center, which specializes in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy rehabilitative services for children, was founded in 1978 and named for Gregory Kistler, who was injured in an automobile accident at the age of 6, suffering a brain injury that resulted in paralysis of the left side of his body.

The Equestrian Zone serves both children and adults with a wide diversity of physical, cognitive, mental and emotional disabilities through hippotherapy – a physical, occupational and speech therapy technique that utilizes horse movement – and therapeutic riding.

To register, contact Wilson at (479) 769-4200.