In this article by Gym Source, Celeste spoke of her first visit to POA, four years ago: “Working with POA she began to feel that ‘nothing was taken from me that I can’t get back. I can even be better than I was before.'” Celeste’s great love of people and new knowledge of prosthetics has put her on a quest to help as many amputees as possible acquire the prosthetic limbs they need. Celeste works passionately with Steve Chamberland, founder of 50legs.com, a non-profit foundation which does just that! https://www.gymsource.com/blog/one-boston-marathon-survivors-course-to-recovery/
We met Bree six years ago, just a few weeks after the tragic accident that resulted in the amputation of one leg above the knee, and severe injuries to the other. Bree, sitting up in her hospital bed, eyes bright with curiosity and determination, clutched a bright green soccer shoe while we explained the prosthetic fitting process. “I need to be able to wear this shoe,” she explained. “I have a scholarship to play soccer in college, so I have to get back in shape as soon as possible.” Although we knew it would be difficult for an above-knee amputee to compete and participate in college level soccer, there was something in Bree’s eyes that told us, if anyone can do it, it’s her. So, from hospital room to prosthetic leg fittings, to working out and strength training, Bree fought back. The next year, Brevard College honored the scholoarship they had awarded her before the accident. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Bree practiced with the team every day. She even played in a couple of the games. She has a passion for coaching, and enjoys volunteering her time and skills at Nubability, a non-profi camp for amputees. Since graduating from college Bree continues to work in the world of her beloved soccer, as an assistant coach at Mars Hill University. #noboundaries #poa #prosthetics #amputee #adaptive
In October 2015, POA client Colin Cook lost his leg above the knee to a shark while surfing in Hawaii. All goals have obstacles to overcome. We all have things standing in our way. They can often seem insurmountable, but with enough perseverance we can usually get around them. Over the past year, Colin has put a tremendous amount of effort into his rehab and it has really paid off. This week, strong and confident, he will be competing in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California! (see following link) 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship
Fifty-nine-year-old Mark Daignault lost his leg below the knee in 1981 as the result of a motorcycle accident. For 26 years he suffered pain and sores, only able to walk short distances with a cane before sitting down to rest. “All that time I believed that this agony was an amputee’s way of life,” says Mark. “I did not realize that all the pain and sores were due simply to old technology; after all, I thought I was seeing the best prosthetic providers I could find.”
It was by chance that Mark found himself at POA. His long-time prosthetist had passed away and he needed a part for his leg. “Upon my first conversation with Stan he indicated to me that he’d build me a leg that would change my life,” Mark remembered. “He also told me that my sores would go away. I took those statements with a grain of salt, but want you to know that everything he promised me has come true.”
“I have not experienced a single sore since being fitted with that prosthesis, seven years ago. I now truly enjoy playing my favorite sport of golf without getting exhausted after just nine holes. I can play 18, 27, 36 holes of golf without effort and am ready the next morning to go right back out and play again. I even played 47 holes the other day, a feat two-legged golfers don’t even attempt. Chores around my home that I used to dread are now simple. I can literally walk forever without pain and I have no idea where all my canes are. There really isn’t anything I cannot accomplish now.”
“The atmosphere of the POA office, because of Stan and his staff, is one of warmth, kindness, respect and understanding. I thank everyone at POA for truly changing my life and allowing me to be capable of anything I wish to do in life. I wish that all amputees would make the life changing appointment to see Stan and his staff at POA.”
Mark lives in Deltona, Florida, enjoying life to the fullest with his wife and three daughters.
Bella, Iz, and Nico helped Mr. Stan welcome Lulu to POA and showed her all their *abilities*. #NoBoundaries here! Bella is a bilateral above knee amputee (PFFD), Iz is a bone cancer survivor with a Van Ness rotationplasty amputation, and Nico is missing both arms above the elbow. We will be making an above knee prosthesis for Lulu which will actually be her “good” leg while she is undergoing limb lengthening surgery on her other leg. Whatever the reason for or type of amputation, we’re committed to helping all our POA kids live fun and active lives! #poakidsrock #lovethem
We build customized running legs for the tallest (POA paralympian Regas Woods) and the smallest (future POA paralympian and doctor, Bella). ? Whether you run for fun or paralympic medals, Your Success Is Our Passion! #Rio2016 #NoBoundaries
Conner, born with a condition that affected the development of his legs and hips (PFFD), had never been able to walk successfully on prosthetic legs. He stayed active by playing wheelchair tennis and used short prosthetic sockets attached directly to the feet (called “stubbies”) to get around. One of our POA clients, a physician who has played wheelchair tennis with Conner, told him about our experience and success with many PFFD amputees using new technology – and now he is one of them!
Exactly one week after taking his first steps ever on full prosthetic legs, Conner returned home walking tall!
POA clients Scout Bassett (AK amputee), April Holmes (BK amputee) and Regas Woods (bilateral AK amputee) are getting ready to fly! Scout was in town last week for a prosthetic tune-up, Regas will be in this week, and April, who lives in the area, is training hard! We can’t wait to see the results of all their hard work when they represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Rio! The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympics will be on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. #POAproud #NoBoundaries #Rio2016