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Katharine Bateson's Fundraiser:

Soldiers Who Salsa

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We are currently raising funds to support our programs from coast to coast. Our mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic and social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction. We currently offer classes at military medical facilities and VA locations in 5 different states, with 3 more preparing to launch before the end of 2015. All of our classes are offered at no cost to the patient, and fully funded by grants and the generosity of donors. The money that we raise through this fundraiser will go directly to helping veterans who are recovering from a variety of issues as a result of their service to our country. When we first began offering classes, our focus was with patients working on balance on coordination with their prosthetic limbs. Therapists quickly saw that the benefits these patients were receiving could also apply to those with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In addition to balance and coordination, memory recall and multi-function activities became important visible results. Because salsa dancing is such a social activity, it has also been invaluable to patients with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common symptoms of PTS/PTSD include an aversion to close contact, avoidance of new activities and new surroundings, and reluctance to meet new people. Our classes provide a safe place for patients to not only learn a new activity, but also work on several of the most common symptoms. It is not uncommon to see patients laughing, smiling, and engaging with new people each week. www.soldierswhosalsa.org

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The Team: $10,870 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

SOLDIERS WHO SALSA

Amount Raised

$10,870

 

217% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Katharine Bateson

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