NORFOLK — Three employees at ATI Physical Therapy in Norfolk are cleaning pie off their faces tonight.
But because of their efforts, a family in need has valuable new funds.
The physical therapy group in west Norfolk organized a fundraiser to support the Sullivan family, whose six-year-old son Keagan is in Houston hoping and waiting for a double lung transplant.
Keagan’s father, Robert, is a trainer in Norfolk and works frequently with ATI.
“It’s really great seeing all these people come out and support us – all the people here at ATI Physical Therapy as well as our family and friends,” Sullivan said.
Clinic Director Vicki Hansen helped organize the fundraiser by setting up a change war. The effort raised $5,706.64. Combine that with $3,000 from the ATI Foundation to bring the total donation to over $8,700.
“Helping kids is always important,” Hansen said. “If we can do something to make the heartache for this little boy being away from the rest of his family a little bit easier, that’s what we’re all about.”
The fundraiser also provided some emotional relief as Robert and his daughter got to pie the employees while Mom and Keagan watched from Houston via FaceTime.
“Katlinn has always expressed how grateful she is to have that kind of support,” Robert Sullivan said. “I think they’re both really excited to see so many people supporting us.”