Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children’s director of physical therapy Michelle Sweeney (center) is joined by Bank of Canton’s commercial loan & deposit concierge Lynne McCormack (NMLS #462542) and president and CEO Stephen P. Costello, with the new Rifton adaptive tricycles.
CANTON, Mass. (September 30, 2022) – Bank of Canton recently donated $5,879 to the Massachusetts Hospital School Foundation, to fund the purchase of two Rifton adaptive tricycles for the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (PRHC).
“For a child with disabilities, these tricycles are much more than recreational devices,” said Michelle Sweeney, director of physical therapy at PRHC. “They’re medical necessities for students who can’t walk independently, or who sit for long hours in their wheelchairs.”
With regular use, the adaptive tricycles improve balance, coordination and strength in children with disabilities.
“Students with cerebral palsy find them easy to ride and maneuver,” continued Ms. Sweeney. “We can challenge them with exercises focused on steering, starting and stopping, backing up, and safety awareness.”
In addition to the physical benefits, PRHC staff also observe significant emotional gains from the use of adaptive tricycles, including a sense of independence and improved self-esteem. “Bike riding also offers an opportunity for cognitive growth, and a sense of social acceptance and inclusion,” said Ms. Sweeney.
“We’re deeply grateful to Bank of Canton for its longstanding support of PRHC and this generous gift.”
Since 2005, Bank of Canton has given more than $2.57 million to local charities and nonprofit organizations through donations and sponsorships. In July, the bank was recognized with a Corporate Citizenship Award from the Boston Business Journal for the fourth consecutive year.
To learn more about PRHC or to donate, visit www.prhc.us.
About Bank of Canton
Established in 1835, Bank of Canton is a Massachusetts-chartered mutual savings bank that offers its consumer, business and government banking customers access to a full array of deposit, loan, investment and convenience service options. As a mutual savings bank, the bank has no stockholders and acts exclusively in the best interests of its customers and communities. The bank lends throughout Massachusetts, and has branches in Canton, Quincy and Randolph and a mortgage center in Auburn. All deposits are fully insured between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information, visit www.ibankcanton.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #408169.