Rebekah Varney, BK amputee & Boston Marathon Survivor – Living Life to the Fullest!

Written by POA client Rebekah (Gregory) Varney, after two recent beach vacations:
“Sometimes it is not until you lose something, that you realize how much you took it for granted. For me it’s my leg. When I think back to everything I could’ve done on two good legs and didn’t, or all the mornings I jumped into the shower without thinking about it etc, I get sad. But instead of dwelling on what could’ve been, I look at now. And now I have a second chance. A second chance to live like I didn’t before. A second chance to do all the things on a fake leg that I didn’t do on two real ones. Is it hard? Insanely. Every day presents new challenges and obstacles than the previous one. But this right here, is the life I have. And that is what I’m thankful for. Living life to the fullest, because I’ve seen what’s it’s like to almost lose it for good.”
Rebekah says that the confidence she has in her prosthesis allows her to embrace all the opportunities she wishes to pursue.  #noboundaries
Rebekah wears our transtibial socket system with sealing sleeve and uses a  TaiLor Made prosthetic foot, distributed by Ottobock North America, for all activities except water sports. For beach trips and swimming, she switches to a Freedom Innovations swim foot.

Boston Herald article on USA Adaptive Climbing Nationals – June 2017

POA’s Ronnie Dickson reports that the USA Adaptive Climbing Nationals in Boston this weekend were a big success! Text message from Ronnie: “We rocked it out and had over 60 competitors at the adaptive climbing national championships with the furthest coming from Japan and India. We totaled 200 with spectators and volunteers. Jeff Bauman and I made the cover of the Boston Herald and I got him and Jazz (another POA client from Boston area) climbing!” (click on following link to view Boston Herald article.) http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/bill_speros/2017/06/speros_jeff_bauman_battles_back_to_be_stronger

POA’s Celeste Corcoran: “One Boston Marathon Survivor’s Course to Recovery,” article by Gym Source, 4/12/2017

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/

Bree McMahon’s Comeback Story

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

Bree McMahon from Scott O'Leary on Vimeo.

POA represents at 1st-Ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, Sept 24-27, 2015

Following is a link to an interview with Shawnie Whitaker at ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships! ‪Another POA client, Evan Strong, is also competing at this event.  http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/09/24/san-diego-hosts-worlds-first-adaptive-surfing-championships/

 #‎TeamUSA‬ ‪#‎AdaptiveSurfChampionship‬ ‪#‎NoBoundaries‬   Evansurf

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Rock Climbing Clinic/Speaker for Amputee Support Groups

Ronnie Dickson will be at The Edge Rock Climbing Gym in Melbourne, FL on Mon., 10/6 @ 6:30pm with the Viera Amputee Support group. If you are nearby and would like to join them, feel free to stop by! Ronnie, a certified prosthetist, is an above knee amputee and climbing enthusiast who recently took 2nd place at the Climbing World Championships in Spain. Any amputee groups (outside Florida included) interested in having Ronnie as a speaker or organizing a climbing event, let us know and we’ll make it happen! #noboundaries

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Amputee Keith Severson plays on inline hockey league  #noboundaries

Message and pics from POA client Keith Severson… “Here are a few pictures from my inline hockey league. Always fun to see the other team players see me take off my leg after a game and realize the guy who scored a couple goals is missing a leg. Thanks to the POA team and to Steve Chamberland of 50legs.org! He was a huge reason I was able to get out to POA. Without his assistance I would still be in my old set up not getting to play the sports I love.” #noboundaries hockey 1 hockey2 hockey3 hockey4 hockey5 hockey6

Annual USA Climbing Paraclimbing National Championship, July18-19, 2014

Join POA’s  Ronnie Dickson at Stone Summit in Atlanta, Georgia for the USA Climbing Paraclimbing National Championship on July 18th!  Various adaptive climbing workshops/sessions as well as banquet/awards ceremony on July 19th. Check it out!
 
Photo: Join POA's Ronnie Dickson at Stone Summit in Atlanta, Georgia for the USA Climbing Paraclimbing National Championship on July 18th!  Various adaptive climbing workshops/sessions as well as banquet/awards ceremony on July 19th. Check it out!