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Hanger Charitable Foundation awards first round of 2016 grants to eight recipients

AUSTIN, Texas – April 26, 2016 – The Hanger Charitable Foundation completed its first round of 2016 grants, awarding $54,000 to eight non-profit organizations. The Foundation awarded its first grant in May 2015, and has since awarded more than $300,000 to 22 non-profits that share its mission to empower people with physical challenges to live life as fully as possible.

The most recent grant recipients include local and national organizations that serve a variety of communities, including people with limb loss or limb difference and the Down syndrome community:

Bike Camp, Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc.: $2,000 to fund two camps in Louisville, Kentucky, helping children with Down syndrome develop the skills to ride a bicycle.

Team Up for Down Syndrome, Down Syndrome Network, Arizona: $1,000 to support projects fostering the development of the Down syndrome community in Arizona.

2016 Jacksonville Muscle Walk, Muscular Dystrophy Association: $1,000 to fund an annual fundraising walk held by the MDA chapter in Jacksonville, Florida.

First Stride Sponsor, Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation: $15,000 to empower lower extremity amputees through First Stride walking and running clinics nation-wide.

Camp for All 2U, Camp for All Foundation: $5,000 to help bring a week-long, in-house hospital camping experience to children at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin.

Youth Adaptive Sports Program, Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program: $5,000 to support adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for youth in the Bay Area.

Angel City Sports 2016: $15,000 to provide sports programming in Southern California for children, adults, and veterans with physical differences and impairments.

2016 U.S. Paralympics Team Trials (Cycling, Swimming, Track and Field), Partners for Parks: $10,000 to support the 2016 U.S. Paralympics Team Trials being held in North Carolina.

The application deadline for the next round of funding is April 30, 2016. Visit the Hanger Charitable Foundation page on Hanger.com for more information.

About the Hanger Charitable Foundation – The Hanger Charitable Foundation was founded in 2009 by Hanger, Inc., the nation's leading patient-care provider and distributor of orthotic, prosthetic, and rehabilitative solutions.  Hanger's heritage of charitable giving dates back to the company's founding in 1861.  For many years, Hanger clinicians and employees consistently and generously donated millions of dollars in free care and financial contributions to a variety of causes, including hardship cases in their own communities.  In 2009, Hanger formalized and increased its philanthropic work by establishing a non-profit organization, the Hanger Charitable Foundation.  For more information, visit: www.hanger.com/TheHangerFoundation.

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Krisita Burket, Hanger Inc.
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com

Beth Hallmark, Hanger, Inc.
512-777-3695, ehallmark@hanger.com