This week we have had the pleasure of meeting Gracelyn (4) and Addilyn (2), both congenital BK’s adopted from China. Big sister Gracelyn has been in the U.S. for two years and this will be her second prosthesis, so she is guiding little sister Addilyn, who arrived just two months ago, through the process. When Addilyn took her first few steps, Gracelyn jumped up and down exclaiming, “she’s walking!….I can’t believe it!” Precious moments. Thanks to MeiMei and mom Kelley for introducing us to this wonderful family!
Born with a limb deficiency, Samantha recently underwent revision/amputation surgery which allowed her to be fit with a prosthetic leg. This week she celebrated both her first birthday …and her first steps! Congratulations, Sammy girl!!!! Following is a link to the video we made to document this special occasion! Samantha’s Day of Firsts!
Steve Chamberland, POA friend, former pro wrestler, below-knee amputee, and founder of 50 Legs, a non-profit organization which raises money to provide prosthetics for children, has been nominated for Bay News 9’s “Everyday Heroes Viewers’ Choice Award”. Steve puts his heart and soul into his work. One of his most recent recipients was POA’s Zoe Gibbs, who is featured in a video interview of Steve entitled, “I’m glad I lost my leg; now I can help others.” You can view the video here —>Steve Chamberland interview and then cast your vote!
We love this guy!!!! Vote for Steve! To visit the 50 Legs Foundation website, click here —>50 Legs Foundation
Steve Chamberland and Jimmy Hart during a visit to POA.
We have an update on little Luna of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! ♥ Five months ago she learned to walk on her prosthetic leg, and since then this spunky 2-year-old has been unstoppable! Her father sent us the following video to update us on her progress. Bravo, Luna!!! 🙂 Click Here to view video
10-year-old Cameron, an above knee amputee, enjoyed a climb on POA’s rock climbing/training wall during a recent visit to our office. We love introducing our patients to new things and helping to instill a “no limits” attitude in them!
This documentary tells the touching story of a chance encounter between Jake and 72-year-old Bill Hansbury on the date Jake’s leg was scheduled to be amputated. You can click on the following link to view the segment and read the written article: Chance Encounter Sparks Friendship
This article is a couple years old; Anthony is now attending Dr. Phillips High School and a pitcher on their baseball team, but the story is just as inspiring today as it was then, which is why I’m sharing it now. You’ll also read about and see photos of other athletes who, like Anthony, are competing in non-disabled sports.
click here to read article
Jake Bainter, now 9 years old, struggled to find his place until sports became a part of his life. click here to read the full story
In a horrifying 2004 accident, Jake’s dad, Brett, had backed into Jake with a riding lawn mower, nearly severing his son’s right leg. click here to read the full story