Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SLU PT Student Focuses on Patient-Centered Care in Jamaica

Service Trip Spotlight - FOR U Stroke Camp
by Kelsey Streiter (DPT Class of 2017)

The Cheryl Cavallo Memorial Scholarship gave me the opportunity to travel to Jamaica to participate in an intensive, week long "stroke camp" that benefited individuals whose lives had been altered by neurological injury. I spent my time in Jamaica in the hillside, collaborating with therapists and students to create individualized treatments for the week. In the end, I was able to gain invaluable experience as a student and watch the participants grow and regain function while making memories with amazing people that will last a lifetime. 

Cheryl L. Cavallo, PT, Ph.D.
There are two ways to help support the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship Fund. You may participate in the 16th Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K (register here) or donate directly to the fund. The Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K is in memory of Cheryl Cavallo, a long time faculty member in the Program in Physical Therapy who lost her courageous battle to cancer in 2013.  She served as the faculty mentor for the Program in Physical Therapy Student Council for 22 years and tirelessly coordinated this event for 11 years.  She lived the Jesuit mission everyday by giving back to those less fortunate.  All proceeds from the memorial fundraiser will benefit the Cheryl Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to help defray travel costs for students wishing to pursue health care related domestic or international mission trips. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Michelle Cohen at

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students who have utilized the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to finance their service trips. Service is an integral part of the Saint Louis University experience. SLU  is currently #4 on Washington Monthly’s list of universities who participate most in community service. To learn more about service at SLU, visit the Center for Service and Community Engagement website at  

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