A thankful patient gives back to Bradley University’s PT Clinic.
BU’s Physical Therapy Clinic for Fitness and Function has received a $10,000 donation from local resident Dave Driscoll, who has been treated by students and staff at the clinic since it opened last year.
Bradley officials say Driscoll’s gift is the single largest contribution to the free clinic, which relies on grants from the Community Foundation of Peoria and Bradley’s Office of Sponsored Programs to pay for new equipment.
“It’s just a meager attempt to show my appreciation,” Driscoll said.
“It’s not that big of a gift compared to what they’ve done for me and the rest of my life.”
Driscoll is a former athlete who fractured his neck when he fell from a tree in 2014. The former weight lifter and runner initially thought he might not walk again, but he exceeded expectations through long-term therapy.
Rehabilitation through Illinois Neurological Institute at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center restored basic functionality, but he wanted to fully enjoy his outdoor hobbies. He was referred to Bradley’s clinic after passing insurance benchmarks, where three semesters of PT restored his mobility.
Bradley’s Physical Therapy Clinic serves people with neurological conditions who have exhausted their insurance coverage.
Dr. Melissa Peterson, who oversees the program, said success stories like Driscoll’s motivate students and staff in the clinic.
“People like Dave are what keep us excited to be physical therapists,” Peterson said.
“When you get patients who work so hard and overcome so much adversity, going to work isn’t ‘work’ at all. It’s such a privilege to play a role in their journey.”