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One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season

Published December 8, 2010 4:29 PM by Rebecca Mayer

Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, set out to do something bigger and better this year.

With an outpouring of support from fellow PTs and PTAs, Silvia endeavors to make the wishes come true for RI children who suffer from undisclosed life-threatening illnesses. "We are a profession that helps people so it's only natural for everyone to want to be involved. And when the effort involves a child with a life-threatening illness, it's hard to say no, especially during the season of giving," shared Silvia.

According to Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting just one child's wish typically costs $6500.

Since launching the campaign shortly before Thanksgiving, Silvia has secured the commitment of 25 local facilities and schools and is working to finalize details with 10 more facilities. Silvia's main goal this year was to establish the effort and raise money but he is already so touched by the outpouring of support that he cannot help but imagine the possibilities in years to come as more individuals and clinics lend their support.

Silvia noted that Make-A-Wish Foundation is an incredible nonprofit organization which does very little in the way of solicitation. "Make-A-Wish relies solely on donations coming in. It's an extremely professional process and one that respects each child's confidentiality, illness, circumstance and wish."

A very humble Silvia credits those who have joined the effort as the true heroes. But behind the scenes, he is working tirelessly to pull all of the details together. He has spent much of his time traveling between PT facilities to collect money and donation cards and to deliver Make-A-Wish buttons to those who are participating by adding dress-down Fridays to their fundraising efforts. Wearing a button in the clinic raises awareness of the organization in the community.

In the spirit of friendly competition, Silvia just upped the ante for those participating. Because a little incentive never hurt anyone, he has volunteered to donate a $40 lunch to the clinic that raises the most money.

Interested in donating to Make-A-Wish? Please visit to contact your local chapter to make a gift or get involved. Any clinic or individual in RI wishing to donate or gain more details may contact Kevin Silvia by email at

What is your facility doing for those less fortunate during this holiday season?


Give me love

Give me peace on earth

Give me light

Give me life

Keep me free from birth

Give me hope

Help me cope with this heavy load

Trying to touch and reach you with

heart and soul

-George Harrison

Physical therapy truly is art blended with science... and Kevin inspires us to always add heart.  Thanks to Kevin and all PT clinics of RI who are planting seeds of hope and joy this holiday season.  

Cate McClusky, PT, DPT

Catherine McClusky, , Doctor of Physical Therapy Liberty Physical Therapy December 11, 2010 8:06 AM

Kevin has done an amazing job getting everybody motivated and involved in this fundraiser not only at Performance but in several other PT clinics throughout RI, He has truly proved that his heart is as big as his biceps :-)

Kelsi N December 10, 2010 2:09 PM

This is such a wonderful effort by Kevin. We should all be so proud and take note of the time and dedication this professional has put into this fundraiser. And best of all, consider the joy in the kids wishes that come true because of Kevin.

Michelle Collie, Physical Therapy - Performance Physical Therapy December 10, 2010 12:35 PM

On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island I want to thank Kevin for his amazing passion and determination to make a difference in the lives of Rhode Island children.  He has been amazing to work with and the Foundation is truly grateful to him for his commitment to our mission.


Paula Montgomery, Regional Director, Rhode Island

Paula Montgomery, Make-A-Wish Foundation - Regional Director, Rhode Island Regional Office December 10, 2010 12:05 PM
Providence RI

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