Aurora teen with brain tumor gets donation from ATI Foundation

 
Submitted by ATI Foundation
Updated 3/18/2019 5:18 PM
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  • Megan Sporny, second from right, and mom Karen Sporny receives an ATI Foundation donation from local staff, from left, Bryan Scheffers, ATI regional director; Tina Serio, ATI Aurora North athletic trainer; Lindsey Paprocki, ATI Aurora North clinic director; and Dan Curtis, clinic director ATI Elgin South.

    Megan Sporny, second from right, and mom Karen Sporny receives an ATI Foundation donation from local staff, from left, Bryan Scheffers, ATI regional director; Tina Serio, ATI Aurora North athletic trainer; Lindsey Paprocki, ATI Aurora North clinic director; and Dan Curtis, clinic director ATI Elgin South. Courtesy of ATI Physical Therapy

Fourteen-year-old Megan Sporny of Aurora was diagnosed with a rare form of glioblastoma multiforme, a fast-growing brain tumor. She was honored along with her family at the Aurora North ATI Physical Therapy clinic through a donation raised by five ATI clinics with the help of her community.

The money will help cover her extensive surgeries and treatment.

Her diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme, often referred to as grade IV astrocytoma, is one of less than 200 documented cases in the past 40 years in which the tumor is in her spine rather than the brain.

Megan lives in North Aurora with her moms, EJ and Karen, and her twin brother, Andy. She is an active freshman at West Aurora High School as a state level elite runner and dancer.

Due to her rare case, Megan has undergone several experimental surgeries and treatments, which will continue to incur medical expenses beyond the family's means.

To help the family cover these medical costs, five ATI clinics with the help of the community have raised nearly $2,500 for Megan and her family.

In addition, the ATI Foundation will be donating $1,000 for a grand total of $3,500 that was presented on Wednesday, March 6, in support of the family and help cover medical costs throughout Megan's ongoing treatment.

ATI is a privately held, nationally recognized health care company, specializing in outpatient rehabilitation and adjacent health care services. With a focus on delivering a remarkable experience to every patient, every day, ATI has more than 700 locations from coast to coast. ATI was named "Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation" by ADVANCE magazine, and was one of the first physical therapy companies in the country to achieve URAC Core Accreditation, a mark of distinction that recognizes its commitment to quality health care.

Based in Bolingbrook, Illinois, ATI gives back to communities across the country through the ATI Foundation, a nonprofit established by ATI, which has provided more than $4 million in resources and funding to children with physical impairments.

For more information on ATI Physical Therapy, and a complete list of clinic locations, services and the ATI Foundation, visit www.atipt.com.

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