Amy Purdy and Evan Strong have arrived in Sochi for 2014 Paralympics!

POA’s Amy Purdy and Evan Strong have arrived in Sochi for the 2014 Paralympics! Snowboardcross will be broadcast live beginning at 3:00am on Mar 14 (we’ll be watching!) and rebroadcast in the evening. Click on this following link for  details –>   Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Schedule

amy and evan 1

POA Client Igor Ivanov – Parasnowboard Athlete

Thank you, Igor, for sharing these great photos from the Parasnowboarding World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands! We wish you continued success in your endeavors! #NoBoundaries

igor1

igor2

igor3

Celeste Corcoran, Moving Forward!

Celeste Corcoran attended a CAF running clinic in Boston this weekend. You’re looking great, Celeste! ♥    Click here to view NBC newscast

celestestrong1

#BostonStrong    #MovingForward

POA Patient Spotlight – Hanna O’Brien

hanna4

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!

hannaellie1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“POA No Boundaries” – video featuring many of our Amputee Athletes

This video features many of our amaaaaazing amputee athletes – April Holmes, Scout Bassett, Amy Purdy, Evan Strong, Ronnie Dickson… (just to name a few 🙂 May you be inspired to pursue your own dreams, whatever they might be!   POA No Boundaries

aprilholmes

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

meimeirunning2

OPAF’s introducing First Row in Orlando next month! Ever try adaptive rowing or skulling? Here’s your chance!

OPAF is introducing a new First Clinic next month here in Orlando! First Row will be an introduction to adaptive rowing and skulling and will be held on Friday evening, February 22nd on the tennis courts of the Caribe Royale Resort. The staff of South Orlando Rowing Association will be on hand with “ergs”to offer you the chance to try adaptive rowing.

6-Year-Old Brett Bolton places 2nd at State Gymnastics Tournament!, 1/14/2013

6-year-old Brett Bolton, a congenital hip disarticulate amputee, recently took part in a gymnastics competition in Tallahassee, Florida. He placed 2nd in his age division on floor exercises!   Way to go, Brett!     Click here to view his performance on video –>>Brett Gymnastics

To read more about Brett, see his patient profile on our website —>> Brett Bolton

brett1