Curbell Plastics Continues its Support for the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF)

Curbell Plastics sponsors First Dance/First Stride events aimed at providing adaptive recreation for those with mobility and physical challenges

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
716-667-3377 x7439

Orchard Park, NY, December 12, 2017 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, has continued its support of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), sponsoring the organization’s First Dance and First Stride events in Dallas, TX. Both events were held in partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in late November.

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First Dance Instructor Britt Miller with participant Debra Kerper.

Curbell Plastics sponsored similar events in 2016 that were also organized by OPAF in partnership with students in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at UT Southwestern Medical School. OPAF typically partners with a local organization to host and organize events in their respective communities. In addition to helping organize the event, UT Southwestern students also served as volunteers to assist participants and gain experience in personal interaction with those using prosthetic devices to better understand the challenges they face.

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First Stride participants Debra Kerper and Chris Burton get individualized instruction from Chris Doerger, PT, CP.

Originally established to support the Paralympics, OPAF now has a broader mission of enabling individuals served by the orthotics and prosthetics community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction. It’s First Dance, First Stride and other similar events are designed to provide introductory level adaptive recreation for anyone with a physical or mobility challenge.

The First Dance and First Stride events were held at Bachman Therapeutic Recreation Center in Dallas and were designed to provide a safe, inviting environment for those with physical or mobility challenges to begin to get comfortable in social and recreational settings. The First Dance event used ballroom dancing as a means to get active and work through social awkwardness and other challenges, while the First Stride event focused on some of the basics of walking and mobility for participants.

According to Jeff Wilson, Business Development Manager for Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Podiatry at Curbell Plastics, “We are delighted to renew our support for this wonderful program that is championed by our customer, The O&P Program at UT Southwestern. While it is tremendously impactful for participants, the students who volunteer at these events also gain so much perspective about what it’s like to rely on a prosthetic device. This knowledge will surely help them in their future careers.”

Support from Curbell Plastics helped pay the travel costs for the instructors for each event.

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.