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Achilles International

The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College coordinates an annual fundraising event called the Race for Rehab to support Achilles International. Achilles is a worldwide non-profit organization with chapters and members in over thirty locations within the United States and sixty abroad. As stated on their website, Achilles' mission is to "enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life."

Dick Traum, the founder of Achilles International, was the first person with an amputation to run the NYC Marathon. Now, this organization boasts athletes with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, visual impairments, cancer, traumatic brain injury, as well as wounded war veterans.

While their programs focus on athletics, their main mission remains to bring hope, inspiration, and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities. Other tools for their mission include developing athletic programs for children with disabilities, fostering relationships between disabled and able-bodied runners, and creating international chapters for its athletes. Without Achilles, the lives of many people would not be as they are today.