Mei White, PFFD Amputee – Paralympic Dreams Come True

Flashback to 2012! MeiMei and Ellie were getting ready to participate in their first triathlon and were very excited! We did a fun little interview about their dreams for the future, which included, especially for MeiMei, being in the paralympics! Fast forward to 2021, and MeiMei is in Tokyo, competing as a swimmer in the Paralympic Games! Dreams come true with hard work and determination!

Patterson Propulsion Socket (PPS) Prosthetic System is a Game Changer!

This socket design, named for POA founder Stan Patterson, CP, features a two-piece flexible socket system with an attached carbon fiber strut. This innovative design allows the patient to utilize their muscles in a way not possible when wearing a traditional prosthetic socket, resulting in a much more natural stride. The carbon fiber strut helps propel the prosthesis, and the patient is able to control it by firing their muscles, giving them a better awareness of the position and movement of their limb.

Zappos Adaptive Shoe Line Helpful for Amputees

  • Zappo’s, an online shoe retailer, has a new program which lets people buy single and mixed size shoes. Very helpful for amputees! Many times the foot on our sound side foot is larger/smaller or more wide/narrow than our prosthetic one. That means we usually need to sacrifice either fit or comfort – or buy another pair of shoes to mix/match, which is both costly and impractical. Now there is an alternative. Thank you, Zappos! https://bit.ly/31syJMD  

Marko Cheseto World Best Chicago Marathon for Double Amputee

Marko Cheseto finished 250 overall, 31st in his age group with a time of 2:37:23 at the Chicago Marathon today, smashing the existing World Record of 2:42:24 that he set six months ago at the Boston Marathon! Way to go, Marko — you did it! Your POA family was cheering you all the way to your fantastic finish! Well done!  

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Marko Cheseto crossing finish line at Chicago Marathon 2019 with time of 2:37:23!

Kris, 25 year old PFFD Amputee, Takes First Steps – Ever – on Prosthetic Leg!

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!

Bilateral Amputee Marko Cheseto Sets World Marathon Record

We are very proud of Marko Cheseto – a great athlete and even greater man!  He ran the TCS New York marathon and  set  a new record for bilateral (double) below knee amputees  – 2 hours, 52 minutes, 33 seconds.  And that was his first marathon!  Then Marko returned home to Orlando and became a U.S. citizen the next day. What an amazing week!

Marko Cheseto Sets World Record/Becomes US Citizen in One Week!

Former UAA runner sets world record

Rosie, Hip Disarticulate Amputee, Takes Off Running!

Rosie, an energetic 8 year old hip disarticulate since birth, was thrilled with her new walking and running legs. “I love them so much,” she exclaimed. “Now i can walk down my driveway easy, and I can switch to my running leg so easy. I don’t want to ever stop running!”

We are also making an arm and attachment she can use to play on her adaptive hockey team. No boundaries for this little girl!