BALLINGER - Representatives from West Texas Rehab hitched their wagons and traveled to Ballinger on Friday to show their love and appreciation for all of the volunteers and supporters in Runnels County. The event, where volunteers and WTRC employees served up hamburgers to visitors, was held in the parking lot of First National Bank in Ballinger and is one of many Roundup for Rehab events held in the area.

“This is in appreciation for all of the work and support we get from Ballinger and Runnels County,” said Justin DeLoach, director of donor relations for WTRC.

The West Texas Rehabilitation Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was founded in 1953 as a facility to treat children with cerebral palsy. At that time, the center began with just one location and one physical therapist treating seventeen patients. Over the years, the organization has grown to meet the needs of communities throughout West Texas.

Joyce Spreen, who co-chairs the Roundup for Rehab event with Kevin and Cindy Spreen, has supported WTH for many years.

“I have always enjoyed it,” said Spreen, who has been involved for decades.

DeLoach said the support from Ballinger and Runnels County has been on-going for 58 years.

“We’ve had a great crowd today,” DeLoach said.

Roundup for Rehab is a series of auctions of donated livestock. It was the first fundraiser for West Texas Rehabilitation Center 58 years ago, and continues to help WTRC serve children and adults in West Texas who have disabilities.

Now, WTRC proudly serves thousands of children and adults in three different locations across West Texas and supports more than two hundred employees. On a daily basis, the staff works together as an integrated team to provide a wide array of services including outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, orthotics, prosthetics, and hospice care.