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Wheelchair meet Sunday in Bridgeport

May 28, 2019

Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary’s 22nd annual Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers Wheelchair Meet will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cardinal Shehan Center, 1494 Main Street, Bridgeport. Children 18 and younger who use a wheelchair are invited to take part.

The event is underwritten by Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, PC, and food is donated by Subway, Inc. The donations help provide T-shirts, award trophies and ribbons, and provide refreshments and food for the athletes and their families.

“This is an opportunity for children in wheelchairs to share a good time together, get some exercise and interact with our staff,” says Suzanne Starr in a news release. Starr is the Ahlbin Centers physical therapist who launched the meet in 1997 with the financial support of the Auxiliary.

The Wheelchair Meet consists of several events, including an obstacle course, ball-throwing contest and distance races from 25 to 800 meters. Children participate in a number of categories, based on age, gender and skill level. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the event.

Each year, the meet attracts about 50 children with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to severe arthritis and traumatic brain injury.

Ahlbin Centers provides outpatient services in Bridgeport, Shelton, Southport, Stratford and Trumbull. Services include physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as childhood early intervention and geriatric rehabilitation programs.

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