Tacoma resident trying to win contest to take physical therapy help to children in Africa

Mason Hill, a 22-year-old Tacoma resident, is in contention to win an online contest that will help fund a trip to Africa where he hopes to provide physical therapy for children.

Hill, who earned his exercise science degree from California Lutheran University, is campaigning to garner the most Facebook “likes” for his video in contest sponsored by MDF Instruments. a medical supply company. The person who receives the most “likes” by Thursday, July 31, wins a trip anywhere in the world for a medical mission. As of noon Monday he had nearly 1,300 “likes” and was among the leaders.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to provide some much needed rehabilitation to some children in need and to gain invaluable experience,” Hill said via email.

His goal is to travel to The Gambia in West Africa and provide manual therapy and strength building exercises for children suffering from conditions brought on by poor prenatal care and malnutrition.