Attention all local active military, reservists and retirees: Here is an event you won’t want to miss!
In addition to free admission to the PNC Father-Son Challenge tournament at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course this weekend, all active military, reservists, retirees and their families are invited to join them on Saturday, December 16th at 11:00am for the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Military Clinic featuring Billy Hurley III.
PGA TOUR player and former Navy Officer, Billy Hurley III will be offering up tips on how to improve your putting game. The clinic will take place at the practice putting green located near the clubhouse. No equipment necessary.
We’re excited to share with you a new hip disarticulate socket system we are testing! The silicone liner is incorporated into the socket, next to the skin, eliminating the need for silicone shorts. Leo (hip disarculate) and Angelina (hemi pelvectomy) say they feel very secure and comfortable in the socket, and can put it on in less than a minute! So far, the feedback has been very positive, and if testing continues to go well, we will be offering this design option to our HD and HP amputee clients.
Kelie ran with her husband for the first time since she lost her legs, taking back another ability! Sharing moments like this never gets old! #blessings #takingbackabilities #recovery #movingforward #prosthetic #leg #running #poa #noboundaries
The combination of an Endolite USA Orion MP knee and TaiLor Made Prosthetics feet enables Celeste to walk with a smooth, stable and comfortable gait – even while wearing boots! #prosthetic #legs #feet #Endolite #Orion #tailormade #foot #amputeefashion
Jaelyn’s prosthetic journey has begun, and it was so awesome that she had the encouragement and support of the new friends/peers she met at POA throughout the week! Born with a rare bone disorder, Jaelyn has spent most of her life undergoing procedures to improve the function of her leg, including limbing lengthening. With a prosthetic leg, Jaelyn was able to walk without a walker for the first time in her life, and once surgery is completed on her other knee, she hopes to run! Thanks to Maria, Harriet, Jack, Jan, Celeste and everyone who encouraged and inspired Jaelyn and her mom during the week! #poafamily #proud #dreamcometrue #amputeelife #onherway
Radley “Rad” Gillis and his friends/family had been praying about this moment ever since his near-fatal motorcycle accident six months ago. As he stood for the first time, Stan told him to take it easy and not be discouraged if he could only take a few steps. His family, standing close by, said “if anyone can do it, it’s Rad.” So what did Rad, a natural athlete who also excels at wrestling, do? He walked back and forth in the parallel bars with the biggest smile on his face; answered prayers for his family and friends, and a blessing for all of us!
POA client Jeff Bauman looking great on the red carpet with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Jeff in the movie, “Stronger,” which opened on Sept 22nd! Jeff is wearing his “designer” POA prosthetic legs and sporting two fabulous TaiLor Made prosthetic feet!
This is the story of a true warrior! Dana had been a runner all her life, until a series of events beginning in 2002 led to the amputation of her leg through the hip joint in 2014. Surgery for a stress fracture was unsuccessful and was followed by a knee replacement in 2006. Still in pain and fighting recurrent infections, Dana underwent a second knee replacement a year after that, but that didn’t stop the decline in her health as the infection continued to rage. In 2007, Dana’s leg was amputated above the knee and for the next 7 years she sustained repeated revisions of the limb as they chased the infection, eventually leading the the amputation of her leg at the hip in 2014. She was fit with her first Hip Disarticulate socket, but later that year Dana fell and broke her pelvis. Still determined to walk, she resumed wearing her prosthesis, but then suffered a broken rib from the socket! Despite the discomfort, Dana continued to wear the prosthesis for short periods of time – she was not willing to give up on her wish to walk again, but spent most of her time on crutches. We met Dana earlier this year when she expressed an interest in our patented hip disarticulate system. Within a week she was walking confidently inside the parallel bars, and the next week she was walking outside the bars with a cane as she learned how to walk up/down stairs and ramps. She’s now home in St. Louis and reports that she is back to doing many things she has not been able to do for years! #warrior #fighter #strong #independence #noboundaries
Logan, a child with limb differences was adopted from Ukraine 4 years ago. He is a congenital quad amputee with multiple physical challenges created from 10 years in an orphanage. He has had several sets of prosthetic legs. Getting him to be comfortable in them was a challenge, though Logan was determined to make progress. His family heard about POA from another adoptive family, and stopped in during a trip to Orlando at the end of March this year. They were back in July to meet with us, and we were able to put Logan in a new prosthetic system, complete with TaiLor Made feet, which greatly aided his stability while standing and walking. Below is a video of Logan during a therapy session in February, prior to his trip to POA. The second video was provided by his mother last night, showing the great progress Logan has made since he has been home. We are so excited to see him begin to walk independently. Surviving 10 years in that orphanage under horrible conditions took great strength, courage and a huge amount of will to survive. Now it’s time for Logan to THRIVE! #noboundaries #nostoppinghimnow
Therapy session in Feb. 2017:
Video from home in Aug. 2017: