MeiMei wins 1st Place in Youth Category at PTRC Triathlon!

Sending a huge shout out and congratulations to POA’s **MeiMei White!** MeiMei finished FIRST in the Youth Category at the Paratriathlon Regional Championship held in Clermont, FL on March 23rd. She is now one of the Top Contenders for the National Championship!!! WOW! Great job, MeiMei! We are so proud of you!!  Article from USA Triathlon Florida Region website

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Brett Bolton (hip disarticulate amputee) places 2nd in Gymnastics Competition

6-year-old Brett Bolton, born without a leg, has come a long way since he was adopted from an orphanage in China 4 years ago. Not only is his running, walking, and keeping up with other kids his age, Brett also excels at gymnastics.  He recently competed in a competition with able-bodied kids and took 2nd place in floor exercises!  View this video to see his winning performance —>Brett at Gymnastics Competition

A few weeks after his competition, Brett stopped by the office and showed us some of his new moves.  We can’t get enough of this kid and his boundless, positive energy!    Brett doesn’t let anything slow him down!

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POA patient Maria demonstrates her beautiful gait — and boots!, January 2012

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!

Click here to view video of Maria walking

The BiOM Powerfoot by iWalk; promising new techology!

SGM Chris Self recently put the new BiOM Powerfoot by iWalk to the test. It’s the world’s first bionic lower leg system to replace the action of the foot, achilles tendon and calf muscle. The BiOM generates power during plantar flexion, propelling the prosthesis forward. This allows the amputee to use less energy when walking. Very exciting and promising technology!

Click here to view the video.

Ronnie Dickson’s latest Amputee Climbing Adventure, 7/2011

This is a short climbing highlight documentary, where amputee climber Ronnie Dickson traverses the beautiful land in Hueco Tanks, Texas. Click here to view the video .

SGM Chris Self is Participating in 620 mile bike ride as part of CAF’s Operation Rebound

POA patient SGM Chris Self and his wife, Dana, will be participating in a 620 mile/7 day bike ride down the California Coast in October to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. They would appreciate donations of any amount (see message from Chris below). Chris is a true American hero. He has served in the U.S. Army for 25 years, did 7 tours in Iraq (where he suffered the injuries that caused the amputation of his leg), and is still active service!

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My name is Sergeant Major Christopher Self. I have been in the U.S. Army for 25 years and have served seven tours in Iraq. I am currently still active duty and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky where I live with my wife Dana and our three children, Jordan, 17, Haley, 15, and Reese, 7.
On December 28, 2005, while serving in Iraq, I was involved in a firefight and sustained gunshot wounds to both legs, leaving my right leg paralyzed (severing my sciatic nerve). After seven months, I was tired of being stuck in a wheelchair (and hospital), so my wife, Dana, and I decided that in order for me to live the active lifestyle I had done before my injury, we needed to make a choice. On July 13, 2006, my right leg was amputated. With the help of great prosthetics, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and a very supportive family, I have competed in numerous triathlons, marathons, and races.
Because of the opportunities CAF has provided for me, maintaining the health I had before my injury has been made possible. I’m able to do the same things I did before 2005 and in some ways, I’m more successful in the competitions I participate in. Now, I’m able to keep up with my kids and play baseball with them in the yard, just like any other father. I could not ask for a better gift.
On October 15th through the 21st,, I along with several other challenged athletes will be riding our bicycles 620 miles down the California coastline over a 7 day period. The purpose of this ride is to raise money and create opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
Please help me make my goal by going to my website and donating ANY amount you can. Thank you all so much for your continued support that you have given to me and my family.

SGM Christopher and Dana Self, US Army

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Challenged Athletes Foundation

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“Freedom Innovations to Commercialize the World’s First Actively Powered Lower Extremity Prosthethesis,” 4/21/11

Some more interesting news in the world of prosthetics… Click here to view article

*Free* Mobility Clinic for Amputees on 4/30/11 in St. Petersburg, FL, featuring BOB GAILEY, PT!

Ossur and CAF-Florida are sponsoring a *FREE* Mobility Clinic for leg amputees on April 30th in St. Petersburg! Renowned physical therapist BOB GAILEY, PhD, PT as well as Peter Harsch, CP, USA Triathlon certified coach will be your trainers! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!! Click here for event information and on-line registation>

Summer Airport Travel Tips to Save You Some Time… and Money!

Any prosthetic related equipment packed in your luggage is considered a medical device, and you will not have to pay a baggage check fee at the airport. Just let the agent know you have prosthetic equipment in your luggage when checking in.

Also, if your are packing any equipment in your carry-on luggage, it’s wise to put it in a separate bag labeled “prosthetic supplies” and take it out before running it through the x-ray machine. That way, if the TSA personnel determine any of the equipment looks “suspicious” and requires further investigation, they won’t need to search your entire carry-on bag.

May 23, 2011: I just returned from a trip to Detroit where I had the best TSA screening experience I can remember! My daughters and I walked through the new full-body scan machines, and the only additional screening I had to submit to was the gun powder swab test!!!! I was finished before the girls had collected our carry-on luggage — another first! 😉

Happy travels! 😉