Two years ago, the Foundation received a very generous gift from the estate of Magdalen and Emil Goergeny of Akron, Ohio. To this day, it is one of the largest bequests ever to be received by the Foundation, and just this past month, the Foundation Board of Trustees announced how this money will be put to use.
After thoughtful deliberation, the Board has determined to utilize the $1.6 million bequest to create a new funding mechanism for high priority/high impact research grants that will be available to any physical therapist researcher. The first grant will be offered in 2019. The grant will provide funding of up to $360,000 over a three-year period (with a competitive 3rd year renewal). This grant will focus on the role of physical therapy in the prevention of secondary health conditions, impairments of body structures and functions, activity limitations and/or participation restrictions. This announcement was made during the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference in Boston.
The Goergenys were natural-born Hungarian citizens and later immigrated to the United States and became naturalized citizens in 1960. Magdalen Goergeny, PT, became a member of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1972, and at the time of her death was a Life Member. She died in July 2013 at the age of 87, and Emil Goergeny died in September 2013 at age 96.
To learn more about the Goergeny’s, please visit, Foundation4pt.org.