By Michaela Gibson Morris | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Regional Rehabilitation Center will get a push to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his disabled son Rick through more than 1,000 races around the world, will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 23 celebration at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.
“He has such an inspiring story,” said Kay Mathews, executive director for Regional Rehab.
Regional Rehab and Hoyt share a special connection. Hoyt’s son Rick has cerebral palsy. The Tupelo therapeutic center, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services without charge to children and adults, began its work as a center for people with cerebral palsy.
Providing the soundtrack for Regional Rehab’s birthday will be the Miracles of Baddour Center, a home for special needs adults
“They’re tremendously talented,” Mathews said. “It’s unbelievable.”
The rehab center has touched the lives of over 150,000 families, providing over 1,000,000 services in its 50-plus years. This fundraising event will benefit the Regional Rehabilitation Center in closing out the capital campaign for the Center’s renovation and will help to guarantee another 50 years of service.
“We’ve never done anything this big, but we’ve never been 50 years old.”