South Orlando Rowing Open House Event on 9/8/2012!

Here’s a great opportunity for our Orlando friends! South Orlando Rowing recently received a donation for adaptive rowing which allowed them to purchase 2 fixed seats along with an adaptive rowing shell, oars, and stabilizing pontoons. They are having an Open House event on Saturday, September 8th from 8:00am -Noon. No experience necessary! They will teach you to row!


April Holmes, “A run with purpose,” Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/2012

Great article on 39-year-old April Holmes, who is set to compete in the 2012 Paralympics, and fully intends to win both the 100 and 200-meter sprints.  This will be April’s third Paralympics.  She competed in the 2004 Athens games, and won a bronze medal in the long jump. In the 2008 Beijing games, she was in first place when she stumbled and fell.  Although bleeding and devastated, April got back up and finished the race. Five days later, she won the 100 meters.  That’s the kind of determination that makes her a winner as she continues to walk her journey. April Holmes, A run with purpose, Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/2012

April’s competitions:
9/1 100 Semi 2:33-46PM
9/2 100 Final 4:32-38PM
9/3 100 Medal Ceremony 6:30-35AM
9/5 200 Semi 6:09-16AM
9/6 200 Final 3:38-44PM
9/6 200 Medal Ceremony 4:30-35PM

AGAIN YOU CAN WATCH LIVE AT OR CATCH THE NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on Sept. 16, NBC will broadcast a 90 minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and

Amy Purdy, bi-lateral amputee, competing on CBS reality show, “The Amazing Race,” this Fall!, 8/29/2012

Look for POA’s Amy Purdy on the CBS Reality Show The Amazing Race Season 21 which will premiere on September 30th! She and her boyfriend of many years, Daniel, are competing together as a team. Following link contains team photos and video introduc

tions. Amy is a double amputee who lost her legs – but not her spirit – to meningitis; it only made her stronger. Since then she has competed in and won countless snowboarding competitions, founded a non-profit in support of adaptive sports and travels the world giving speeches, inspiring and encouraging all who meet her. We are so proud to be part of her team! Join us in cheering for Amy and Daniel as they race around the world!!    Fall 2012 The Amazing Race Team Video Introductions and Photos

An RPG took Josh Olson’s leg, but not his Spirit,” Washington Post, 8/21/2012

As the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games approaches, many of the athletes have been spotlighted by the media. One such athlete is Josh Olson, an Army Sharpshooter and the first active duty soldier to compete in the Paralympics. We are proud and blessed to know Josh, and forever grateful to him and all our service men and women for the sacrifices they make for our safety and freedom.

“An RPG took Josh Olson’s leg, but not his spirit, ” Washington Post article, 8/21/2012


Ronnie Dickson to represent U.S. at Para-Climbing World Championships next month, 8/21/2012

Ronnie Dickson is a member of the U.S. National Climbing Team which will be competing at the Para-climbing World Championships in France next month (9/12-16/12)! He and another climber are the first para-athletes to compete in this event as part of Team USA!

Patients sharing limb loss stories and supporting each other – Priceless. 8/15/2012

Two of our patients having a chat in our office last week – one an 86 year old man and long-time amputee; the other a 19 year old girl who just recently lost her leg. The difference in their ages was lost as they shared the experiences of their limb loss.


POA’s Josh Olson, Hip Disarticulate Amputee, will represent U.S. in Paralympics, 8/13/2012

POA’s Josh Olson, a hip disarticulate amputee, is representing Team USA in shooting at the Paralympic Games. Josh is the first ever active duty service member to be nominated to the Team.  POA’s NPS hip disarticulate prosthetic system, also known as “the Olson socket,” was developed for Josh by Stan Patterson in response to a request from Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. The following video link shows Josh preparing for a day of shooting practice, which includes donning his prosthetic leg.

—> Josh Olson USA Paralympic Shooting Team

A surprise for Cameron, 8/8/2012


10-year-old Cameron hasn’t had a lot of good breaks in the past few years. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 8, he underwent an above knee amputation and extensive chemotherapy to save his life. We met Cameron a few months ago when he and his mom visited our office to see if we could fit him with a leg that would allow him to be more comfortable, ride his bike, and participate in sports. Cameron checked out the “golf center” currently under construction at POA and excitedly told us that he was learning to play. Last week, he was thrilled to receive his new prosthetic leg and eager to go home and try it out. But we had a surprise for him before he left…. 🙂 Stan’s friends from Edwin Watts Golf on Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, brought Cameron everything he would need to get him out on the golf course in style! – a bag filled with U.S. Kids golf clubs; golf balls; a U.S. Kids visor; Nike golf shoes; and Puma shirt and shorts to complete the look! Thanks to Edwin Watts Golf, U.S. Kids, and Nike for all your help!