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Allen’s Story: Stepping Forward

Allen GerherdtIn January 2012, the “Grants to Hospital” program awarded a gift to Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s AthletiCare department for the purchase of a Microsoft Xbox 360 with Kinect for rehabilitation patients. The activity-promoting gaming system provides patients with an interactive experience incorporating balance and fitness.

“Studies have demonstrated the benefit of using gaming systems for a patient’s recovery,” said Joe Baumgarden, manager of AthletiCare. “It challenges your endurance, agility and coordination. I’d like to thank the generous donors who make this program possible at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.”

Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputy Allen Gerherdt is one individual who has benefited from the gaming system. In July 2011, the 36-year-old answered a call to assist another deputy in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. When his patrol car went off the road, Allen lost both of his legs below the knee. He has been completing rehabilitation at Ath¬letiCare with the help of the Xbox 360 Kinect.

“I thought I was just playing games at first,” shared Allen. “I didn’t realize how much I’d be challenged.”

The Kenmore Mercy “Grants to Hospital” program assists our associates in providing their patients and families with the high quality care they deserve.