POA client Amy Purdy on cover of Strong Fitness Magazine

#POA client and U.S. Paralympics snowboarder Amy Purdy is on the Sept/Oct cover of STRONG Fitness Magazine! If you’d like a copy, it should be in stores within the next couple of weeks. ‪#‎NoBoundaries‬ ‪#‎Inspiration

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Conner, One Week Later – Walking Unassisted!

Conner, born with a condition that affected the development of his legs and hips (PFFD), had never been able to walk successfully on prosthetic legs. He stayed active by playing wheelchair tennis and used short prosthetic sockets attached directly to the feet (called “stubbies”) to get around. One of our POA clients, a physician who has played wheelchair tennis with Conner, told him about our experience and success with many PFFD amputees using new technology – and now he is one of them!
Exactly one week after taking his first steps ever on full prosthetic legs, Conner returned home walking tall!

POA Client Jim Ramage, AK/BK Amputee

Long-time POA client Jim Ramage and his lovely wife, Deb, pose for a photo with Roger before returning home to Pennsylvania after a week at POA. A bilateral (AK/BK) amputee, Jim does the type of difficult manual labor that most able-bodied men couldn’t do – heavy equipment repair and welding. To do this job as an amputee, Jim says he simply requires two things – the right attitude and the right prostheses.

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Regas Woods, Bilateral Above Knee Amputee: 2016 Paralympian to Watch!

RegasolympicsRegas Woods, brought up in Dunnellon, a small agricultural area in northern Florida, perpetually defied expectations. Born with a congenital anomaly that prevented the proper growth and development of his legs, the little boy who’s mother was told he would never walk is a paralympic champion with the 2016 paralympic games on his agenda.

When Regas was 2 years old, determined to give him the best chance at a normal life with least amount of limitations, his mother, Deborah, made the difficult decision to amputate both his legs above the knee. She always had faith in his abilities, and with her love and encouragement, Regas learned to walk on prosthetic legs. While in elementary school, known as the kid with the cool legs, Regas had many friends. However, the middle school years were rough. “Kids are cruel,” says Regas. “The worst feeling for a child is to not be accepted by their peers. It
regasnsnaffects their test scores. It affects their attitude towards people. You develop this anger, and it’s not a good feeling.” In high school he attempted to join the track team but was told he could not due to safety concerns. Although disappointed, Regas directed his passion to music instead. He went on to play in the concert, jazz and marching bands – learning various instruments, including the drums and French horn – but his dream of being a track athlete persisted. As a young adult, Regas put his all into achieving his dream. His can-do attitude manifested itself into a passion that ultimately resulted in his transformation from a troubled teenager to the paralympic athlete he is today. He co-founded the Never Say Never Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping kids with limb loss live positive and active lives. The kids inspire him to work and train harder. “No matter how rough it gets, no matter how much pressure life brings, I am using my life as a testimony,” Regas explains. “I want to show how adversity can be overcome with a positive attitude and hard work.” He set his sights on competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has fulfilled that dream!  He will be representing the U.S. in the Paralympics!
RegasCurrently, Regas fits training in-between working a full-time job and caring for his children. In spite of the time limitations, he has become an international record-holding runner, considered to be the fastest bilateral amputee in the world. He has also medaled in the sport of high jump. “Unfortunately, I need to be a full-time athlete in order for me to break the record and win a title,” Regas explains. “The reason I’m so adamant about doing it is because when I first entered the sport they told me I had to race in wheelchairs – that bilateral above knee amputees do not run. That I couldn’t compete. I need to have this opportunity to fulfill my dream and show those who look up to me that it can be done.” In addition to being an elite track athlete, Regas is a professional stunt bike rider – the first bilateral AK in the world to perform such challenging maneuvers. Woods has made appearances on the Speed TV show “SUPER BIKES” and done some acting in Hollywood. He also enjoys singing and making music. With the 2016 Summer Paralympic games drawing nearer, Regas is looking for sponsors to provide him with the support he needs to prepare and compete. He’s fast, he’s talented, he has a huge heart and passion for life. Regas would make a great addition to anyone’s team! #NoBoundaries

Career Highlights

2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, bronze (long jump)

3-time USA National Team Member 2014 U.S. National Championships, gold (100-meter, 200, long jump)

2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Member

Tyler, Bilateral Amputee, Walking Independently – With Confidence!

Tyler began walking on his new prosthetic legs *all by himself* last week. This little boy has had the cards stacked against him since day one, and its been a blessing to witness and be part of his journey and all the progress he has made. We can’t wait to see what he does in the future. Way to go, Tyler!

POA Kids Use Prosthetic Legs as Tools to Defy Disability

We’ve had a lot of fun with our POA kids this summer! Here are a few video *highlights* from their visits:

Last week we transitioned Gianna from a non-bending prosthesis to a “bendy” knee! Gianna caught on so quickly, she made it look easy!

We had a great week of “firsts” with Mae and Jun! Mae, a hip disarticulate, was fit with her very 1st prosthetic socket, and Jun learned to run on her 1st running leg!

POA kids ROCK!

POA Client Double Amputee Special Operations Hero Brian Mast Announces Run for U.S. Congress  #MastForCongress

POA client Brian Mast, a bilateral amputee Special Forces Hero has announced that he is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress! We are proud to support Brian in this noble endeavor. Please check out his campaign site for more info and prepare to be inspired! ‪#‎NoBoundaries‬ #MastForCongress

 

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