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Birthday Surprise for Kent!

Out today, the latest issue of Valley Business Front magazine couldn’t have come at a better time. Today is our CEO Kent’s birthday, and Kent was chosen as one of just eight regional business leaders to earn the distinction of “2017 Business Icon”! Congratulations Kent!

Valley Business Front‘s writers focused on Kent’s personal and professional philanthropy as well as the incredible success of Foot Levelers under his visionary leadership.  It’s a well-deserved honor for our favorite birthday boy! 

Happy birthday Kent, and a big congrats! Thanks for all you do to make Foot Levelers a great place to work and your Southwest Virginia community a better place to live, work, and play. We’re also so proud to be part of your impassioned movement for bringing natural, non-invasive, evidence-based treatment options to patients in pain–not only here, but all around the world, too. You are making a big difference through your work, and we’re honored to be on your “A Team.”

Best wishes, Your Foot Levelers Family

 

 

Giving Back to Our City Schools

Foot Levelers is more than “just” custom orthotics; we’re a technology company, too. Most of the doctors we work with use our proprietary 3D scanning technology to capture images of patients’ feet; these images are instantaneously sent through the magical interwebs to our lab in Roanoke, Virginia. These are the “blueprints” for building patients’ custom orthotics.

Many of those 3D scanning systems include a laptop pre-loaded with our scanning software to help run the machine. When doctors upgrade or switch their systems, sometimes those laptops are no longer needed, so they are returned to us.

L-R: Dan Sweeney, Brian Boggs, Chris Cummings of Foot Levelers and Mark Thompson and Britt Simmons of Roanoke City Schools.

That means we’ve amassed quite a collection of laptops over the last few years–150 to be exact.  We knew we wanted to donate them, but where? Someone suggested our very own Roanoke City Public School System and a plan was hatched! 

School district reps were delighted to have more tools to serve local students. “Just wow!” said Roanoke City Public School’s Director of Technology Mark Thompson. “That was extremely generous.”

Many kudos to Foot Levelers’ Tech Support Team, especially Brian Boggs and Lamont Clements, for working so hard to prepare the laptops for donation.  We were pleased to have members of the media join us for the hand-off yesterday too–you can check out stories from WSLS Channel 10 here and from WDBJ Channel 7 here

 

Foot Levelers, Footmaxx Donate Over 700 Pairs of Shoes to Wildfire Victims

Foot Levelers has a lot of friends and customers in Canada, so when we heard about the devastating wildfire in the province of Alberta, we wanted to help.

The fire, which ignited May 1 and was brought under control July 5,

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L-R, Chris and Josh work together to pack up the shoe donation at Foot Levelers’ headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia

forced Canada’s largest-ever evacuation–90,000 people in the region were forced to flee, many of them to Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city about four hours drive south from rural Fort McMurry. More than 1.4 million acres of land and 2,400 homes and other buildings were destroyed.

The donation arrived at Edmonton Emergency Relief Services on  July 8th, full of new, high-quality footwear for men, women and children from brands like Franco Sarto, Clarks, P.W. Minor, Aetrex, Florsheim, and Acorn. The 704 pairs are estimated at about $75,000 USD retail value.

“Footmaxx has a long history of serving the people of Northern Alberta,” said Steve Stone, General Manager of Footmaxx. “Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much. We’re honored to have the opportunity to help in our own way.”

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One front of the Fort McMurry wildfire photographed on May 7th by Jonathan Hayward/AP

Foot Levelers Senior Vice President, Dawn Galbraith, added: “The hardship that the people of Northern Alberta are facing is unimaginable, and we at Foot Levelers are eager to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering.”

“Edmonton Emergency Relief Services would like to thank Footmaxx and Foot Levelers for their generous donation of over 700 pairs of new shoes to help support the relief efforts for the evacuees of the wildfire,” said Nicole Geoffroy, Media Relations for Edmonton Emergency Relief Services. “We appreciate all of their support in helping all the evacuee families receive these greatly needed items.”

 

 

Chiro + Custom Orthotics to Treat, Prevent Common Injuries of the ‘Weekend Warrior’

Check out this great article from Kevin Wong, DC in Circle of Docs on the 5 injuries most common to the ‘weekend warrior’ and specific recommendations on how Chiropractic plus custom orthotics can help!

The timing couldn’t be better as Foot Levelers gears up for April 16th’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, known to athletes everywhere as America’s Toughest Road Marathon, covering 7,430 feet of total elevation change through the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2015 alone, the marathon ushered in $556,000 to the region and reached max capacity by hosting 2,000 runners from all over the world, not to mention their families, friends, fans, vendors, spectators and more.

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This year the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon takes place April 16th, 2016, and registration is filling up fast! If you’re a serious runner, you don’t want to miss this event.  And if you’re not quite ready for the full marathon, you can still take part in the fun by running the Half Marathon or 10K.

As always, Foot Levelers has several brave employees running the full course and dozens more will be on-site to volunteer and cheer on the contenders! We’ll be talking more about the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon in coming days… Stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s a review plus some pictures and videos from last year’s event.

 

 

 

 

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