Â Edwin Hooper, II, LMT Receives
Performance Health FSMTA 2014 Humanitarian Award
Award presented at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association Annual Convention
Akron, Ohio â€“ July 10, 2014 â€“ Edwin Hooper, II, LMT was presented the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this yearâ€™s Florida State Massage Therapy Association Annual Convention. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of BiofreezeÂ®, Bon Vital’Â®, ProssageÂ®, TheraBandâ„¢, CramerÂ® and TheraÂ°PearlÂ® health and wellness products, honors individuals annually in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the tenth year Performance Health and the FSMTA have presented this award.
â€œMassage therapy is truly a profession of big hearts and bright lights that strengthen people through love, service and the power of touch,â€ stated Marshall Dahneke, President and CEO, Performance Health. Mr. Dahneke had the honor of presenting the award to Mr. Hooper. â€œEddie is a poster child for big hearts and generosity. He lends a helping hand to others, especially to those dealing with a debilitating disease once viewed as a certain death sentence. And although weâ€™ve not yet found a cure for AIDS, there are now more people living with HIV/AIDS than any other time in the epidemic’s history. This is made possible because of individuals like Eddie and the advances in medical care. He has served as a committed and consistent advocate, supporting the needs of this growing community for over two decades.â€
Edwin Hooper has dedicated his practice to working with the HIV population. His client base is at least 85% Persons Living with AIDS (PLWA). Since 1999, he has worked with the Medicaid program, Project Aids Cares (PAC) by providing massage therapy to PLWAâ€™s in their homes. He also provides chair massages each month to persons participating in the Health PWA Program sponsored by Trinity Charities, Inc. Mr. Hooper has served on the board for several AIDS organizations and currently serves as a chapter president of the FSMTA. He created and directed the HIV/AIDs massage therapy program at AIDS Manasota, Inc. where he served on the board of directors as the president for two and a half years and on the board for seven years. In addition to his practice, Mr. Hooper is an educator at the Sarasota School of Massage.
â€œI would also like to congratulate President Leiah Carr and the FSMTA board on their 75thÂ anniversary. I am grateful for their work supporting the massage profession in Florida and the resulting example they set for the rest of the country. I am thankful for our long-term partnership and the opportunityÂ to honor worthy individuals who give so much back to their communities and to this profession,â€ concluded Mr. Dahneke.
â€œEdwin demonstrates compassion and kindness through his massage therapy service and active volunteer service. He is a leader and role model for others in the massage therapy field,â€ added Leiah J. Carr, Executive State President, FSMTA. â€œEdwin has proven that one person can truly make a difference. FSMTA is delighted that he is the recipient of this yearâ€™s Humanitarian award. As the FSMTA celebrates its 75th Diamond Anniversary, Edwin is clearly a diamond shining bright in his service to others.â€
Upon receiving the award, Mr. Hooper said,Â “It has been my privilege to serve a population that truly needs the human touch and caring over these many years. I do believe that my â€˜presenceâ€™ in their lives makes a difference. I am very grateful to Performance Health and the FSMTA for recognizing these contributions and helping bring attention back to the fact that HIV/AIDS is not cured. We have a long way to go. I am also grateful to Performance Health for their $1,000 donation to Trinity Charities in my name. It will benefit a number of Persons Living With AIDS.â€
Â About Trinity Charities, Inc.
The mission of Trinity Charities is to provide support, education, prevention and intervention for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those in temporary crisis. The organization provides nutritional information, supplements and sources of information to remain healthier while living with AIDS, as well as financial support, a pet program, food pantry and other programs to increase the quality of life. Their vision is to maintain a fully utilized, identifiable and accessible facility providing in a non-discriminatory manner unmet educational, supportive, recreational and preventive services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those persons in temporary crisis in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. www.TrinityCharities.org
About Florida State Massage Therapy Association
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the oldest professional massage therapy association in the country, is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. Since its beginning, the FSMTA has been involved in the legislative process concerning the massage therapyÂ profession.Â The FSMTAâ€™s mission â€œTo unify the massage therapy profession while creating, representingÂ and promoting standards of excellence in health careâ€ validates the FSMTAâ€™s promise to serve and protect the massage therapist in Florida. www.FSMTA.org
About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded rehabilitation and wellness products sold into a variety of U.S. clinical markets, leading national retailers and in over sixty countries through a multi-national network of distribution partners. The Companyâ€™s product offering includes an innovative line of market-leading topical analgesics and a broad range of rehabilitation and wellness products. Performance Health markets its diverse product offering under the well-known and highly recognized TheraBandâ„¢, BiofreezeÂ®, CramerÂ®, Bon Vital’Â® and TheraÂ°PearlÂ® brand names. www.PerformanceHealth.com, www.TheraBand.com; www.Biofreeze.com; www.CramerSportsMed.com; www.BonVital.com, www.TheraPearl.com
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Photo caption â€“ Left to Right â€“ Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage and Spa, Performance Health; Edwin Hooper, II; Marshall Dahneke, President and CEO, Performance Health