What a joy it was to meet Gracelyn, Addilyn and their wonderful family! It was an extra special treat to watch Addilyn, 2, take her very first steps, and then see Gracelyn take off on her new running foot! #whywelovetocometoworkeveryday
Sending a shout out to Dana Pounds! Congratulations on completing your first 5K! Dana lost her leg to a rare cancer in 2008 and although recently diagnosed with a new tumor in her hip she is still determined to pursue her dream of completing a marathon. Read more about Dana Here, in the Client Stories section of our website. (photo appeared in Bradenton Herald, 3/29/2014)
Little Bella is getting ready to race! Future Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) tri-athlete? U.S. Paralympics champion? Dancing with the Stars superstar? #NoBoundaries #DreamBig #POAOrlando
Sending a shout out to Scout Bassett! She set a new world record in the 400m this weekend! #POAProud
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!
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.”
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
Following video shows our POA kids and teens in action. POA Kids and Teens
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!