April 28 Fundraiser to Help Family Devastated by Fire

Kansas City, MO — April 27, 2011 — The students and staff at WellSpring School of Allied Health will offer chair massages from 5 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, April 28, to raise funds for Ashley Schendel, who lost her husband and three of her four children in a fire on Monday. Schendel completed Massage Therapy classes at the WellSpring School of Allied Health last week. Schendel worked two jobs at nursing homes and attended WellSpring School of Allied Health full time. Her graduation is scheduled for next weekend.

Schendel and her daughter, Alexis Best, age 9, survived the early morning fire April 25 at their home in Richmond, Ks., about 60 miles from Kansas City. Alexis is currently being treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The Schendels had no life insurance. The WellSpring “family” is working to help raise funds to pay for funeral and medical expenses.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, WellSpring students and faculty will offer 10-minute chair massages for a minimum $15 donation. Events will simultaneously be held at the WellSpring School of Allied Health, 9140 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo. and in Lawrence, Ks. at 947 New Hampshire.

In addition, a bank account has been opened for those wanting to make donations to help Schendel and her daughter. Contributions may be sent to the Best-Schendel Family Memorial Fund, Patriots Bank, 1508 Hwy 59, Princeton, Ks. 66078.

For more information, call WellSpring School of Allied Health at 816-523-9140 or visit www.wellspring.edu.

About WellSpring School of Allied Health
WellSpring School of Allied Health is the premier provider of education programs for the allied health fields in Greater Kansas City and Lawrence, Ks. Formerly The Massage Therapy Training Institute, the region’s oldest and most respected training program, the school was renamed WellSpring School of Allied Health in 2010 to reflect its programs that train professionals to work in the healthcare and wellness disciplines. Founded in 1988, WellSpring offers a learning environment based on wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Instructors model professional integrity and provide students with support, encouragement, and personal empowerment with a touch of humor. A low teacher/student ratio maximizes personal attention and success. An uncompromising commitment to professional ethics is expected of every student and instructor. WellSpring currently offers programs in medical assisting, massage therapy, personal training and continuing education, with additional programs planned for the near future. For more information about the WellSpring School of Allied Health, visit www.wellspring.edu.

Media contact:
Lauren Fasbinder
Fasbinder & Associates

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