25 year old Kris, born with PFFD was labeled a difficult fit & never walked with a prosthetic leg. Thanks to Steve Chamberland and 50legs.org, he found his way to POA where he walked for the 1st time, and so much more! Check this out!
Shaylyn, who was born with a bone deformity which led to the amputation of her leg two years ago, recently ran for the first time IN HER LIFE – and she took off like she’d been doing it forever! Afterward, she burst into happy tears, and the rest of us (some won’t admit it) joined her. What an amazing, emotional experience! Shaylyn returned home to Ohio with her mom, and the first thing she did was race her 9 year old sister. 🙂 Then she wrote a letter of thanks and appreciation to all the people who supported her, detailing her visit to POA:
One week in Florida started with our first visit to POA on a Sunday. I was casted and fitted. It was then I found out I’d be receiving two legs – an everyday leg as well as my running leg. This was an unexpected surprise.
Day 2 was once again casted for my new liners and tried out my test socket. My previous leg was a pin lock system and now would be in a suction socket. I was told I was going from a rusted, beat up car to a Tesla!
Day 3 I walked for the first time in my new test socket for everyday leg and took it with me to try out for the day. The difference was amazing, both in weight and comfort.
Day 4 was a short day because the blade for my running leg was too tall and they had to order me a new one.
Day 5 I got my walking everyday leg and my test socket for my running blade. I felt like a kid at Christmas who couldn’t wait to open that special present. I just wanted to run.
Day 6 was my final day with this amazing crew. I ran for the first time in my life. I cried tears of happiness. All the crew were so happy for me and couldn’t believe I had never ran before. It was so natural. This week was amazing. They took a process that takes normally three weeks and made not one, but two legs! I want to send a special thanks to 50legs.org for making this possible as well.”
Shaylynn’s mom added the following note to POA – “Thanks is not enough. You and 50 Legs have changed and enriched Shaylynn’s life. You made Florida feel like home.”
#FeelingBlessed #POAproud #itnevergetsold
POA and 50Legs.org friends and family joined together to cheer on little Zayden as he took his first steps on his finished prosthesis. He was so happy to see his new “toes,” and proud of his Thomas the Train prosthetic leg! This 3-year-old dynamo is going to be up and running in no time!
Watch Destiny run for the first time EVER! Thanks to Steve Chamberland and 50legs.org for donating the running blades that made this possible! #noboundaries
A local news station covered Matt Hicks’ return to his job as a firefighter in Ohio after being fit with new prostheses at POA. Steve Chamberland of 50legs.org met Matt at a fundraiser in Ohio earlier this year and brought him to Orlando, where we made him two legs–one for work and another for off duty. Looking great, Matt! #noboundaries
Just a few weeks after his return to Ohio with new prosthetic leg fit with boot, POA client Matt Hicks is back on the job as a fireman! #NoBoundaries
Steve Chamberland of 50Legs.org teamed with POA to provide some of the funding for prosthetic care of these 5 lovely little ladies!
50Legs.org is a non-profit organization which Steve, a former pro wrestler and below-knee amputee, established to provide funding for prosthetic care for children in need. You can read more about Steve and his wonderful organization by visiting 50Legs.org (website) or the 50Legs Facebook page.