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
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/
When Dave Klar lost his leg above the knee in August 2014, he feared that he had lost everything. Dave was working as an apprentice electrician at the time of the accident, and was unable to return to the job. He was also passionate about the outdoors, and heavily involved in BMX biking. The thought of losing the ability to participate in the things he loved was devastating. Depressed, broke and scared, he searched the internet for support and guidance. That’s where he found Steve Chamberland, founder and president of 50legs.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping amputees in need. Dave reached out to Steve and within a matter of weeks, arrangements were made to bring him from Ohio to POA in Orlando to be fit with a prosthetic leg that would allow him to get back to his active life.
Once he was back up on two legs, things changed quickly for Dave. He had hope again. He dedicated his time and energy to rehab and giving back to the 50Legs organization that he felt had given him his life back. Dave went on camping trips with his dog, pushing himself to the limits.
During Dave’s next trip to POA, Ronnie Dickson, CP, a world-class above knee amputee climber, introduced him to climbing. He really connected with the sport, and soon was exploring the outdoors again, looking for new challenges. During this time he saw a post on 50Legs facebook page that was of interest to him. It was about Jeff Bryan, a below-knee amputee fireman and avid climber who lives in Colorado. Jeff had contacted 50Legs for help in finding a source to make him a better fitting prosthesis, and they flew him out to POA. Jeff, a big time outdoor sportsman, returned home with a leg to wear for duty at the fire department and another for pursuing his sports interests, one of which happens to be ice climbing. Dave was intrigued by the photos Jeff posted on the 50legs page, and expressed an interest in trying it. The two of them started communicating and soon Dave was on his way to Colorado where Jeff showed him the ropes. That opened up a whole new world to Dave.
Last weekend, Dave met Ronnie in Tennessee and learned to do some bouldering (see video below). Strong and confident, Dave has come full circle since the accident that took his leg over two years ago. Although he still struggles in many aspects of his life, in many ways he is stronger and much more appreciative of all its possibilities.
In a recent Facebook post, Dave reflected on his life over the past few years: “As 2 years pass after my traumatic amputation from a #motorcycle accident that was no fault of my own, I think about what I may want. After riding to Yellowstone national park on my motorcycle back in 2010 I thought man I gotta get off the road and hike! So I started doing just that. Hiking as an amputee to me is pretty difficult but it’s doable. It’s nice to have people who support me that walk in the same shoe as me so to speak haha. When you fall you get up and do it again!” #noboundaries
Check out this article on POA prosthetist and amputee Ronnie Dickson, “Beyond the Fear of Failure,” in Apr/May 2015 edition of Amplitude!
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
Looking for a way to stretch your horizons? Check out these great adaptive climbing clinics in California! Join Ronnie Dickson in Santa Ana on Mar 29 and at Joshua Tree National Park on Apr 5! #GoBeyond
Before Maria, a knee disarticulate (through the knee) amputee left Orlando to return to her home in Colombia. She wanted to make sure her shoes/boots would work with her new prosthetic leg, and as you will see, they did!