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
The story of Bree McMahon, from the tragic accident that led to the amputation of her leg above the knee, to her comeback as a participating member of her college soccer team.
Watch ESPN SportsCenter “Between the Lines” on Sunday, Aug. 5th at 10:00 am, 11:00 pm (and shows throughout the day). They are featuring POA patient Bree McMahon in a segment entitled “THE COMEBACK.” (See synopsis below)
Orlando teen soccer player Bree McMahon had her life planned out. Following club soccer season in the fall, she’d star for her high school team and then choose where to continue her athletic career in college. But in September of 2009, at the beginning of her senior year, McMahon’s life was changed forever when she lost her left leg in a bizarre accident. Her senior year was crushed, but her ambition to play college soccer never wavered. Two and a half years after her accident, Bree McMahon staged a comeback to the field, on the college level and with a prosthetic leg, proving that some dreams are worth holding on to.
Amputee * Triathlete * Warrior — Laura Ortiz of Miami, Florida is all these things and more. She is an example of how the power of determination and persistence can help you triumph over the difficulties life can throw at you. Whether you are a new amputee learning to walk with your prosthesis, or setting your sights on running or participating in the sport of triathlon, Laura’s spirit and personal commitment to succeed is sure to inspire you! POA Patient Profile: Laura Ortiz
Amy Purdy, World Cup Champion snowboarder, skateboarder, wakeboarder and inspirational speaker, is learning to run for the first time on her prosthetic legs! She lives in Colorado and will be running on mountain trails, but since there are no mountains in flat Florida, we tested the legs on “Mount POA” – the steep ramp behind our facility. 😉
POA was well represented at the Celebrity Amputee Golf Classic held at ChampionsGate Golf Club on Friday! In addition to staff members Stan, Roger, Reggie and Juan, several of our patients also participated: Thanks to Josh, Randy, Zee, Bruce, Kevin, Dan, Jordan, Mark and Clay for coming out! The event coordinator, Dave Bowen, said this tournament was the most successful one they’ve ever had! Proceeds from this charity will go to provide prosthetic care for the people of Haiti. Following are some photos from the event. To view more photos, please visit our Facebook page using the following link: POA Facebook Photo Album – Celebrity Amputee Golf Classic
Ronnie Dickson, an AK amputee and prosthetist at POA, has just returned from another climbing endeavor. He’s been traveling all over the country in his quest to become the first amputee to reach the V10 bouldering grade – a huge accomplishment for ANY climber! One of Ronnie’s most recent climbs was in the Sierra Mountains (pictured here). You can read about
Ronnie is also involved in designing a climbing wall which will be part of our training facility here at POA!
Amy Purdy was recently featured on ABC’s “Nightline.” They did an excellent job of telling her incredible story of loss, acceptance, triumph and how she helps others with disabilities. We are proud to be a part of Amy’s team! Double-Amputee Snowboarder Rules Slopes