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Wheel-a-thon rolls in the MU Quad

Pre-therapy Club raises funds for MS clinic on campus

May 20, 2003
By Kelli Shillito
Barometer Campus Editor

On your mark, get set, wheel! The Pre-therapy Club is holding its 10th annual wheel-a-thon in the MU Quad today and tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the event support the exercise and sport science department's multiple sclerosis clinic on campus.

Teams of five to eight participants will wheel their way through an obstacle course, trying to complete the most laps in 20 minutes. Several local businesses, including Bed Bath & Beyond and John Henry's, have donated prizes.

About 18 teams are already signed up and according to the faculty advisor for the Pre-therapy Club, Dr. Karen White, it is not too late to register for the fundraiser, but the half-hour time slots are limited.

"We've got volunteers out there all day long," White said.

The course consists of a simple up and down ramp, a 360-degree turn, corners, doors and cones, said Pre-therapy Club president Tilden Keller.

Rolling through the course is not the only way to support the MS clinic, White said.

Those interested in helping the cause may make their checks out to the Pre-therapy Club, which will forward the contributions to the MS clinic.

The student members of the club have taken on the bulk of organizational responsibilities, White said.

"They're so independent," she added.

White stressed the importance of the wheel-a-thon and supporting the MS clinic because it is a university charity.

"We see the positive effects of this directly," White said.

Keller added that the event fits well during disability awareness week.

"It's an excellent event to help raise people's awareness," Keller said.

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