ALEXANDRIA, VA (February 18, 2016) – Long-time contributor and member of the Partners in Research program, Tri W-G recently gifted the Foundation for Physical Therapy $100,000 to help advance physical therapy research. Foundation Board of Trustees President, Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, FAPTA, accepted the donation from Tri W-G’s Vice President, Duane Fast during the Foundation’s donor reception in Anaheim, CA at the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).

“What a wonderful way to commence this year’s donor reception,” said Connolly. “Over the years, Tri W-G has donated over $450,000; we at the Foundation are deeply grateful for this generous gift. It is with the support and commitment of Partners like Tri W-G that the Foundation is able to continue funding physical therapy research and developing the next generation of researchers.”

Tri W-G, owned by George Gaukler, is a provider of physical therapy rehab equipment based in North Dakota.  The company has been a supporter of the Foundation for over three decades and was the first ever to receive the Premier Partner in Research Award in 2008 for making substantial contributions critical to the success of the Foundation and its mission.

The company’s Vice President, Duane Fast, has always believed in the value the Foundation has in the lives of developing researchers. Fast continues to be a proponent of the Foundation long after serving as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for 11 years.

“Tri W-G is proud to renew and grow its relationship with the Foundation,” said Fast. “Our long-time investment in the Foundation not only highlights our commitment to research but also represents the role the PT industry should play.”

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization to fund physical therapy research to optimize health and movement. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to secure more than $824 million in follow-on funding.

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