Donation supports exercise device “suit” for young Patients

Published: July 31, 2017

LANSING, MI – The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Sparrow Foundation to help finance an innovative exercise device, worn like a suit, for children with cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions.

The TheraSuit consists of a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads, and arm and shoe attachments and helps with muscle tone and balance in children undergoing physical therapy or at home. The device, used in hundreds of clinics around the country, supports weak muscles, strengthens other muscles, and promotes development of motor skills.

Sparrow, which promotes innovation and technology to improve Patient care, plans to purchase one of the suits for use in its Pediatric Rehabilitation Department.

“We are always looking for evidence-based innovative ways to help every child meet their fullest potential. We believe TheraSuit will exceed that need,” said Jennifer Deibel, Sparrow’s Interim Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation.

Through its global grants programs, the MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide.

The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $30 million in more than 70 countries.

The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 49,500 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals.

For more than 50 years, the Sparrow Foundation has served as the charitable home of Sparrow Health System. Gifts from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations are invested into programs, facilities, and technology that support the exceptional care provided to every individual, regardless of an ability to pay. Contributions to the Sparrow Foundation are making a difference in the lives of our Patients, their families, and our region each and every day. To discover how you can help, visit

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