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

Upper Limb Amputee Research Participants Sought for DoD Supported FIU Study

Florida International University is seeking research participants with a below-elbow amputation for a study on “Neural Enabled Prosthesis for Upper Limb Amputees.” For additional information and contact info, click link below:
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Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, Standing Strong! 

Congrats to Jeff Bauman on a great 1st week on his new prosthetic legs at “Camp POA!” Sending a shout out to Steve Chamberland and Celeste Gagnon-Corcoran for getting him here! #noboundaries #BostonStrong #50legsrules

Tanya Khvitsko in Runner’s World Magazine Cover Contest!  Link to Vote Below!

1530332_671719606205032_660755775_nPOA’s Tatsiana “Tanya” Khvitsko has entered this photo in Runner’s World magazine’s 2014 cover contest! Tanya was among the group of amputees climbers that recently took on the Grand Teton mountains! She is a real dynamo with a heart for adventure! Check out Tanya’s incredible journey in the client stories section of our website, and be sure to click on following link to cast your vote!!!!! http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/1370/

Scout Bassett Defended 100m Title at U.S. Paralympic National Championships on 6/21/2014

Sending huge congrats and hugs to Scout Bassett from your #POAOrlando fam for defending your 100m title and being 2nd in long jump at the U.S. Paralympics Nationals last night!! #noboundaries #perseverance #faith Photo creds: Creighton Wong

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Amy Purdy Meets with Amputees at POA in Orlando, Florida

While in town for a prosthetic leg tune-up, 2014 Paralympics medalist and Dancing with the Stars finalist Amy Purdy signed autographs and chatted with amputees and other fans during a meet and greet event hosted by POA.     #LiveBeyondLimits #noboundaries #POAOrlando

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Amy Purdy in DWTS Finals tonight!

Here we go! The Dancing with the Stars final dances are TONIGHT, and results show is on Tuesday! Be sure to tune in, and Vote Vote Vote for the Amaaaaazzzzzing Amy Purdy and Derek Hough! #DWTS #NoBoundaries #POAproud #livebeyondlimits

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Good Luck, Amy! From your POA Pit Crew!
Good Luck, Amy! From your POA Pit Crew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella Dancing Like Amy Purdy on DWTS With Her Prosthetic Running Legs

Bella watched a recording of Amy Purdy dancing on Dancing with the Stars and afterward she stated, “I can dance on my running legs like that!” Here she is, dancing to her favorite song. #choosetodance #POAkidsrock #noboundaries #AmyPurdy #DWTS