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
We have added a cryotherapy center, Orlando Cryo Crib, to the group of health and wellness providers available on-site at our POA Orlando facility. In addition to the Cryo Crib, is Knead To Be Fit physical therapy clinic, and All Elements Massage Services. The following blog article explains the hidden medical benefits of cryotherapy:
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.
Here is a video Mark made during fitting process for the TaiLor Made prosthetic foot he beta tested in 2014 and continues to enjoy. https://www.facebook.com/mark.daignault.7/videos/798261600213097/
POA client Colin Cook is confident enough to flip/jump off a bridge and into the water wearing his prosthetic leg. Colin knows his socket will stay on, no matter what challenges he puts it through. #NoBoundaries #poa
7-year-old POA Orlando client Katie Eddington made the news twice this week; first in her home state of Kentucky and then on CNN national news! This pint-size dynamo made the decision to amputate her leg last December, and has never looked back! During her most recent visit to POA we fit her with a running prosthesis with a special blade, and now Katie is training to run a 5K. Run like the wind, Katie! #POAproud #NoBoundaries
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POA client Celeste Corcoran, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombing 3 years ago, stopped by last Friday for a “prosthetic tune-up” before attending a vigil for victims of the recent terror attack here in Orlando. The next day, Celeste and nine of her fellow bombing survivors visited Pulse nightclub shooting survivors in their hospital rooms, offering love, hope, and support. Following is link to Boston Globe article on the group’s visit to Orlando. Marathon Survivors Visit Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting
#PayingItForward #OrlandoStrong #Boston Strong
Long-time POA client Jim Ramage and his lovely wife, Deb, pose for a photo with Roger before returning home to Pennsylvania after a week at POA. A bilateral (AK/BK) amputee, Jim does the type of difficult manual labor that most able-bodied men couldn’t do – heavy equipment repair and welding. To do this job as an amputee, Jim says he simply requires two things – the right attitude and the right prostheses.
Regas Woods, brought up in Dunnellon, a small agricultural area in northern Florida, perpetually defied expectations. Born with a congenital anomaly that prevented the proper growth and development of his legs, the little boy who’s mother was told he would never walk is a paralympic champion with the 2016 paralympic games on his agenda.
When Regas was 2 years old, determined to give him the best chance at a normal life with least amount of limitations, his mother, Deborah, made the difficult decision to amputate both his legs above the knee. She always had faith in his abilities, and with her love and encouragement, Regas learned to walk on prosthetic legs. While in elementary school, known as the kid with the cool legs, Regas had many friends. However, the middle school years were rough. “Kids are cruel,” says Regas. “The worst feeling for a child is to not be accepted by their peers. It
affects their test scores. It affects their attitude towards people. You develop this anger, and it’s not a good feeling.” In high school he attempted to join the track team but was told he could not due to safety concerns. Although disappointed, Regas directed his passion to music instead. He went on to play in the concert, jazz and marching bands – learning various instruments, including the drums and French horn – but his dream of being a track athlete persisted. As a young adult, Regas put his all into achieving his dream. His can-do attitude manifested itself into a passion that ultimately resulted in his transformation from a troubled teenager to the paralympic athlete he is today. He co-founded the Never Say Never Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping kids with limb loss live positive and active lives. The kids inspire him to work and train harder. “No matter how rough it gets, no matter how much pressure life brings, I am using my life as a testimony,” Regas explains. “I want to show how adversity can be overcome with a positive attitude and hard work.” He set his sights on competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has fulfilled that dream! He will be representing the U.S. in the Paralympics!
Currently, Regas fits training in-between working a full-time job and caring for his children. In spite of the time limitations, he has become an international record-holding runner, considered to be the fastest bilateral amputee in the world. He has also medaled in the sport of high jump. “Unfortunately, I need to be a full-time athlete in order for me to break the record and win a title,” Regas explains. “The reason I’m so adamant about doing it is because when I first entered the sport they told me I had to race in wheelchairs – that bilateral above knee amputees do not run. That I couldn’t compete. I need to have this opportunity to fulfill my dream and show those who look up to me that it can be done.” In addition to being an elite track athlete, Regas is a professional stunt bike rider – the first bilateral AK in the world to perform such challenging maneuvers. Woods has made appearances on the Speed TV show “SUPER BIKES” and done some acting in Hollywood. He also enjoys singing and making music. With the 2016 Summer Paralympic games drawing nearer, Regas is looking for sponsors to provide him with the support he needs to prepare and compete. He’s fast, he’s talented, he has a huge heart and passion for life. Regas would make a great addition to anyone’s team! #NoBoundaries
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, bronze (long jump)
3-time USA National Team Member 2014 U.S. National Championships, gold (100-meter, 200, long jump)
2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Member
Colin Cook, who lost his leg but won the battle with a tiger shark last October, arrived at POA ready to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation – walking independently. Steve Chamberland and his 50legs.org came by to greet him and offer support. Celeste Corcoran, Boston bombing survivor, also in town to be fit with new prostheses, was among them. Although still suffering from acute nerve pain following the amputation, Colin, an expert surfer in top physical condition, was able to push past the initial discomfort and within 10 days was walking – almost perfectly – without any aids. We also made him a prosthetic leg to use for surfing, as that is a sport Colin is passionate about continuing. Throughout their stay, Colin and his mom met and befriended many POA clients. Peer support is so empowering, and at POA, we definitely have a village of overcomers! Colin has returned home to continue training and endurance work so that when he returns to POA in a few months we can fit him with a running prosthesis. Until then, he will be getting back into the ocean and practicing his pop ups with the leg we built for surfing.You can read Colin’s incredible rescue and survival story in the following Honolulu Magazine article: http://bit.ly/1Qqk5q1
Because of all the great Pilates work Celeste has been doing, the muscles in her legs have strengthened and developed. We made new prosthetic legs which allow her to fire and use those muscles, and Celeste headed back to Boston on Wednesday walking faster, stronger, and with even more confidence! #NoBoundaries #CorcoranStrong