WalkRite event supports speech program

August 08, 2014

Image with caption: Walkers at the 2013 WalkRite event.

Walkers at the 2013 WalkRite event.

For more than 30 years, the Scottish Rite Masons have funded UNMC's RiteCare program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, making it possible to assist thousands of children in overcoming speech and language disabilities without regard to a family's ability to pay.

Regardless of a good economy or tough times, the Scottish Rite Masons have been there -- and so have members of the UNMC community.

The RiteCare Clinic's mission is to increase the expressive communication abilities of preschool age children.

"These children work so hard in therapy," said Carol Gaebler, director of the speech pathology department. "Some come to the clinic with no speech, some with very limited speech, some with language difficulties. It's such a joy to see them advance -- to see a little boy say 'I love you' to his mother for the first time.

"The support of the Scottish Rite Foundation and the WalkRite event has been an important part of these successes," she said.

On Aug. 16, the Scottish Rite Foundation is hosting the Sixth Annual WalkRite for RiteCare at Zorinsky Lake, raising funds for RiteCare services. Please join your colleagues at WalkRite for RiteCare, either as a team member, team captain, or fundraiser.

"The support of community members who participate in the WalkRite for RiteCare event enable the Scottish Rite Foundation to continue funding speech pathology services for children," said Mike Leibowitz, Ph.D., director of MMI. "Please join us for this important event."

The WalkRite for RiteCare will be held:

Where: Zorinsky Lake, 156th and F streets, Omaha

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 (on-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Click here for more information or to register. There is no cost to walk, but there are incentives awarded for reaching fundraising goals.

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