April Holmes, “How to Adapt When Your Life Takes a Turn,” Oprah Magazine, 10/2012 Issue

Oprah’s “O” Magazine published an article on April Holmes, 2012 Paralympic Medalist, in their October issue.

Paralympic Medalist April Holmes

Jordan Thomas interview, The Golf Channel, March 2012

The Golf Channel recently interviewed POA’s Jordan Thomas (bi-lateral amputee). At age 22, Jordan is a scratch golfer, high-achieving college student, and President of his own Foundation which benefits child amputees.

Jordan Thomas Interview, Golf Channel, Mar 2012

Visit from April Holmes, 2012 London Paralympic Games Medal Winner!, 9/19/2012

Paralympic athlete April Holmes stopped by POA today to show us her BRONZE medal! She insisted on “sharing” it with Stan! 🙂 Congratulations, April!!!
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Attention Ladies! (who happen to be amputees)

ATTENTION LADIES!

You are invited to take part in our FIRST gathering of women (who happen to be amputees) in Florida!

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 10am-2pm
Where: POA facility –
3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., #38, Orlando, FL
Organized by: Karen Hughes
Dress: Casual/Comfortable

This is a great opportunity for us to get together as members of our unique community for a day of fun, fellowship, and food for mind, body and spirit!

After everyone has arrived and introductions have been made, Donna, a certified yoga instructor (who happens to be an above-knee amputee), will lead us in a session of adaptive yoga. After lunch we will have an open discussion of issues exclusive to women amputees – no subject will off limits!!

This event is open to ALL women in the amputee community with any level of limb loss and abilities. Please spread the word! The more, the merrier!!!

Please RSVP to Karen at khughes@poacfl.com or call/text 407.721.3946 as soon as possible so I have a headcount for seating, lunch…and a few surprises. 🙂

POA patient Franklin, Mejias, Jr., Quadruple amputee, his story of survival, 9/7/2012

Franklin Mejias, Jr. of Venezuela was on a family vacation in Miami when the unthinkable happened – he contracted an aggressive bacterial infection. Doctors fought to save his life, but in order to do so they were forced to amputate his hands and both his legs. The infection nearly killed Franklin, but he battled back and won the fight.  It didn’t break his spirit either; he’s a fighter, with a deep appreciation for just how lucky he is to be alive. Franklin is also very grateful for the help he has received in the United States, so much so, that he asked us to laminate his prosthetic legs with an American flag  design.  Following video tells  Franklin’s Story .  This is the first of many updates to come as Franklin regains his independence and takes back his life.

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