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Hinton, W.Va. – Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) knows how beneficial therapeutic pets and animals can be for their patients, and the center continues to support that idea with a $500 donation to the Beyond Wishes Therapeutic Riding Program (BWTRP). Therapeutic riding has been shown to be one of the most beneficial forms of recreation for people with all types of disabilities.   

The donation will be used to provide care for the horses and educate the public on the benefits of riding and ground therapies relating to horses.

“Some benefits are improved hand and eye coordination, improved confidence and self-esteem, communication, memory, attention and it provides an enjoyable and safe recreational activity,” Windle McQuaig, Executive Director of BWTRP said.

The organization's mission is to provide a safe, fun and positive equine activity and go Beyond Wishes for individuals with disabilities. 

 “You can just see our patient’s eyes light up when any type of pets or animals are around,” Shelda Cox, Executive Director for Summers N&RC, said. "That is one of the reasons we continue to support this great, local organization."    

The donation was made possible through the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM), which operates Summers N&RC. The foundation provides money to AMFM's 16 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to support community events, charities and programs.

For more information, visit their website at, or contact Summers N&RC at (304) 466-0332.