Sending a Shout Out to POA Client Dana Pounds!

Sending a shout out to POA’s Dana Pounds! Dana has fought and survived two cancers, and is committed to continuing her journey to complete a marathon! This Friday she will be participating in her first 5K. Go get it, Dana! #NoBoundaries #POAOrlando

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POA’s Evan Strong (Gold)  and Amy Purdy (Bronze)  Earn Paralympic Medals in Sochi Today!

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Sending a huge shout out and congrats to Evan Strong and Amy Purdy on their amazing achievements in snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia today!  Evan Strong earned a GOLD Medal in Men’s Standing Division.  You can see his 3rd round finish here.  Amy Purdy is also on the podium with a BRONZE medal in the Women’s Standing Division! See Amy’s 3rd round finish here.   

 

Paralympic Alpine Skiing Trail Blazer:  POA Orlando’s “Z,” Bilateral Above Knee Amputee

zeeThrowback Thursday! With the start of the 2014 Sochi Paralympics upon us, it seems fitting to showcase one of the trail blazing adaptive athletes in alpine skiing — our own “Z!” She skied on BILATERAL ABOVE KNEE PROSTHETIC LEGS in the 70’s and 80’s, way before computerized knees and specialized sports equipment, and helped pave the way for approval of Standing Class in Para-Alpine Downhill Skiing.
“I attended a Ski Demo in Oslo, Norway in Feb 1980, ‘The Olympic Winter Games for Disabled,'” Z remembers. “The International Sports Federation of the Disabled (ISOD) wanted to prove that bilateral AK amputees could ski safely in race conditions. At that time they were not eligible. ISOD had been founded by the International War Veterans Association in 1964. I was recommended for the demo by Hal O’Leary, Winter Park, Colorado Handicap Ski Program director. The success of Allen Hayes and I at this demo was part of documentation submitted in order to request and gain approval of Standing Class in Para-Alpine Downhill Skiing. Current Paralympic Standing Classification is: LW 1 Double leg amputation above the knee, moderate to severe cerebral palsy, or equivalent impairment, two skis, two outriggers.”
 
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POA’s Amy Purdy in P&G #ThankYouMom Commercial!

A must watch!   Amy Purdy did a great job narrating this P&G piece which features paralympic athletes and their moms. Amy will be going for the GOLD in Sochi next month!   #Inspiring #ThankYouMom #GoAmy    Click Here to View Video

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POA’s Evan Strong, Para-Snowboard Cross World Champion

Meet Evan Strong, POA client onthe Road to #Sochi2014 #ParalympicAthlete #TeamUSA!

Last month, Evan Strong spent a week here at POA being fit with a new custom elevated-vacuum prosthetic socket to optimize his performance on the slopes. Just before he returned to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, Strong demonstrated some of the core and agility exercises he does as part of his training for the 2014 paralympic games.  Click here to view video

POA Patient Spotlight – Hanna O’Brien

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16-year-old Hanna O’Brien is a confident, caring and intensely spiritual young lady. People of all ages and backgrounds are drawn to her sweet nature and nurturing personality.

Born with congenital limb difference, Hanna’s left leg extends just 3 inches below the knee-cap. Her right hand has only a thumb and her left hand has nubs where her index and middle fingers would be. Her parents believed from the beginning that Hanna was perfect just the way she was born, and destined to do great things.

As she grew a little older, Hanna began to notice that her leg was different than other kids’. One day, at a skating party, Hanna’s prosthetic leg fell off and she put it back on. On the way home from the party she asked her parents, “Are there other kids like me doing that, or am I the only one?” That’s when her family decided to seek out other amputees for Hanna to meet. When she was 10 years old they enrolled her in the Amputee Coalition of America’s (ACA) Children’s Camp and attended the ACA annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was at the ACA convention that we met Hanna and her family.

Hanna’s mother, Dee, shared that Hanna’s prosthetic limb was not comfortable, and it was preventing her from enjoying many of the sports she loved. Stan promised that if they would make the trip to Orlando (from their home in North Carolina) he would fit Hanna with a new prosthesis that would allow her to do all the things she enjoyed in comfort.

Since then, Hanna has not stopped moving! At home in North Carolina she plays on her high school soccer team, golfs, rides four-wheelers and a motocross cycle. She also enjoys fishing. When Hanna is in Orlando having her prosthesis adjusted or replaced, she and her family spend a lot of time at the beach and enjoying the nearby theme parks. Hanna does anything and everything she wants, and enjoys sharing her story and explaining how her prosthesis works to new amputees.

Not only does Hanna now know that she’s “not the only one with a prosthesis,” she has made many new friends and has helped countless others.  During the 2013 ACA conference in Orlando, Hanna encouraged a new amputee who was terrified of swimming to give it a try, and stayed by her side until she became comfortable in the water.

Hanna has blossomed into a very compassionate and confident young lady, and we are blessed to have her and all the O’Brien’s in our POA family.  One day Hanna plans to become a prosthetist and work with and inspire other amputees to achieve their goals.  We are #POAProud of you, Hanna O’Brien!

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Leo Morales, Hip Disarticulate Amputee, #MovingForward!

Following message is from POA patient Leo Morales of Mexico.  We are blessed to be part of your team, Leo!
“The Doctor’s said because of the cancer and because i am a Hip Disarticulated i will not even wear a prosthetic leg.
Thanks to God, Stan Patterson, all the POACFL team, my loved wife , family and friends for all the support.
Now I’m able to walk and also to run, we are training very hard to make a full marathon.
I want to change the perception of the people with disability, we are able to do even amazing things.
‘Disability is in our mind, not in our body’.
Thanks God, Stan Patterson , my loved wife , family and friends for all the support and to make this possible.”

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U.S. Paralympics 2013 Track and Field World Championships in Lyon, France start on July 20th! start

Good luck to the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field World Championship team, which includes POA’s *Scout Bassett* and *April Holmes*! The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, take place from 20-28 July. All events will be streamed LIVE on following link http://www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv