Limbs for Life to host Welcome Picnic for UCO Endeavor Games We are a proud member of Community Health Charities. The UCO Endeavor Games are a unique multi-sport competition for disabled athletes held annually at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. LFL is proud to support the games again this year and will host the Welcome Picnic on June 11 at UCO. Plans are underway and volunteers are needed to help. To learn more about the Endeavor Games or register to participate, visit their website at http://www.uco.edu/wellness/sr/endeavor/eg%20event%20info.asp To volunteer or help Limbs for Life at the event email Shelley at [email protected] Uniting Donors in the Workplace with our Nation’s Trusted Health Charities CFC Code # 49794 www.healthcharities.org Adrianne Haslet-Davis (L) Stacy Friedman Donor Spotlight We would like to acknowledge and thank these foundations for their recent gifts to support prosthetics care for those we serve: Fired Up Foundation Merrick Foundation Oklahoma City Community Foundation iFund Access to Health Care grant Wegener Foundation To donate, visit our website at www.limbsforlife.org or mail your check payable to Limbs for Life in an envelope. Please include your name and address for receipt. Thank you for your support! 9604 N. May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73120 We’re not asking for much…Just an arm and a leg Limbs for Life News Boston Marathon Runner Supports Limbs for Life for 2nd Year Stacy Friedman will run her third Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015. This will mark her second run to benefit Limbs for Life as Stacy ran last year in honor of Adrianne Haslet-Davis. The Friedman Family has been involved with the Boston Marathon for many years and her brother, Dan, ran to support a friend and LFL in 2008. Following the bombing at the 2013 marathon, Stacy vowed to support those impacted and her city by running her second Boston Marathon. Her friendship with Adrianne prompted her decision and training began. Adrianne Haslet-Davis is the professional dancer who lost her right leg below the knee in the bombing. She and her husband, Adam, were enjoying the marathon from a sidewalk café and were both injured in the blast. We are happy to report Adrianne and Adam are doing exceptionally well. Her journey has been chronicled on Anderson Cooper 360 and many other network and local media outlets. Adrianne partnered with Limbs for Life last December to launch our first #GivingTuesday campaign. To date these two vibrant young women have generated over $50,000 through their efforts for Limbs for Life. The 2015 Boston Marathon will celebrate the recovery of the Boston community and many of those injured in 2013. We are honored that Stacy Friedman will again lend her talent and tenacity to help others waiting for a limb through Limbs for Life. Fan Us / Follow Us: www.facebook.com/limbsforlife and www.twitter.com/limbsforlife Support Stacy and Adrianne and other amputees with your donation. Visit our website: donate.limbsforlife.org and note “Boston Marathon” in the comments section to help their cause. Stacy Friedman runs the 2014 Boston Marathon for LFL SPRING 2015 LIMB LOSS AWARENESS MONTH April is National Limb Loss Awareness Month. There are approximately 2 million Americans currently living with limb loss and over 500 people in the U.S. lose a limb each day. Limbs for Life has been providing fully functioning prosthetic care for amputees in need for 20 years. Amputations result from congenital limb difference or loss, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, other diseases including cancer, and from traumatic accidents and warfare. With diabetes and vascular disease being the leading causes of limb loss, studies show 60% of limb loss is preventable. The number of amputations per day will double by 2050 unless a major public awareness campaign is launched and key prevention initiatives are put in place to reverse this pattern. Prosthetic devices help restore a person’s basic motor skills, mobility, and independence, but many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic care. Limbs for Life provides prosthetic limbs and replacement componentry, in partnership with local prosthetic clinics, to hundreds of amputees each year giving them the opportunity for a productive and independent lifestyle. Additionally, Limbs for Life accepts prosthetics that can no longer be used by the original client. Technicians and volunteers help recycle componentry to provide new limbs for other amputees. Accessories are also accepted. Items that cannot be reused in the United States are shared in other countries through various partnerships. A Note from Director, Lucy Fraser: Run Across Maryland Caitlin Adams, a student at Towson University and cross country runner from Preston, Maryland will run across Maryland beginning May 23 to benefit Limbs for Life. Caitlin started early and with support from donors and friends, she has already raised over $8,000 to fund prosthetics for three amputees on the waiting list. “ "I want to make a difference and make other people’s lives better. The thought of someone who hasn't been able to be active for quite some time finally getting that call that they can get a prosthetic really warms my heart because I know how important exercise is to me," said Caitlin. ” "I love Limbs for Life because I love how it does not have any limitations on who it helpsveterans, people who were born without limbs, people who got in accidents, there aren't any limitations.” The run distance is just over 305 miles and will take about four weeks. Caitlin’s father plans to travel with her to provide support and supplies. Your gift will help the next amputee on our list and encourage other young athletes like Caitlin Adams. You can support Caitlin’s “Run across Maryland”. Visit our website at https://donate.limbsforlife.org/ Note “Run across Maryland” in the Comments section. Or visit: Www.runacrossmaryland.com STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT LIMBS FOR LIFE And the importance of charity... Students from Cimarron Middle School in Edmond, OK recently learned about Limbs for Life Foundation through a research project. The students selected a charity of interest to them and studied the programs and services of that organization. We received wonderful letters of support that showed how the students were impacted by the project. “You improve amputee’s lives. At Limbs for Life, you give people hope that they can achieve things.” Ryanne “I learned much about this charity. Thank you and keep it up.” Crew “Your charity has impacted my life and how I think of amputees. The stories of Josh and Robert made me take a new perspective. Thank you for giving me a new and better way to look at these situations.” Sebastian “The most touching piece of information I found was that you help people who can’t afford a prosthetic and you give them one. This is amazing to me!” Mackenzie “I read stories about your patients and it touched my heart. I hope someday I can maybe help out. You have one of the most important charities in the U.S.” Abbeye International Update Componentry was recently shared with San Felipe Hospital in Honduras. “A huge thanks to the wonderful people at LFL. Wow!” read the note we received from Richard Seivert, Director of the Mission Honduras LeMars. Six of the nine patients were there to begin the process for fitting the new limbs. “Even though the pictures are a little dark, I think you can see the joy in the faces of those recipients,” said the Director. “In a country where earning $350 a month is a good average pay, buying a new prosthesis for over $12,000 is impossible! You gave nine patients a second chance at working, walking and living. This is a happy day for sure!” Planned Giving---It’s easier than you think! Have you considered Planned Giving but don’t know where to start? Planned Giving is the decision and directive to make a charitable gift through your will or trust. It’s an easy decision when you can support organizations that are important to you. A few simple lines can add a bequest to your will or trust and benefit Limbs for Life. Simply add language that notes the amount or percentage you wish to donate and list Limbs for Life Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK as the beneficiary. The attorney or professional who helps prepare your will or trust can assist you. Just ask, and your gift will support the Limbs for Life mission to provide prosthetics to amputees without other resources to obtain a limb. Another simple option allows the contribution of stock now or at a future time. Won’t you consider a charitable bequest or stock gift to Limbs for Life? For more information, contact Shelley Dutton at 405-286-5027. Spring has finally arrived! During April, Limb Loss Awareness month, we are launching a new collaboration with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of Oklahoma to collect prosthetics across our state. As you may know, LFL recycles gentlyused prosthetics for use by our U.S. clinic partners as well as for mission work both within and outside the states. “Veterans understand the life altering impact prosthetics can have on someone’s quality of life,” says DAV Oklahoma State Commander Craig Vance. “Through the DAV Veterans Transportation Program, DAV volunteers are bringing veterans from across the state to their medical appointments at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center every week. It makes sense for us to help LFL by collecting and delivering used limbs for them. We see this as another service to our veterans, our communities and to the foundation.” Deliver your used prosthetics and new soft goods to your local Oklahoma DAV office, complete a Limbs for Life donor form, and you will receive a tax acknowledgement letter from LFL by mail. Find your local DAV office at www.okdav.com. For more information about donating used prosthetics, call us at 888-235-5462. Would you like to host a “Limb Drive” in your state? Email me at [email protected] and let’s start that conversation. Numbers you should know: Our current waiting list for a prosthetic limb numbers over 200 individuals. Support for Limbs for Life has a direct impact on these individuals and their families. Donations from businesses, individuals, and other organizations are the lifeline of Limbs for Life and allow clients to move from disability to ability with a new limb. Numbers served: Calls referred to another agency – (provided referral service) Clients paid and/ or Applications processed Estimated International clients assisted Total served 2013 2014 240 434 516 167 367 325 1375 134 808 Cost of a new prosthetic to general public: $10,000 and can be up to $80,000 Limbs for Life pays: $2,500 for below knee limb/$3,500 for above knee. Connect w/ Your LFL Team! Lucy Fraser / Executive Director / [email protected] Shelley Dutton / Development Director [email protected] Rose Young / Client Services / [email protected] Gayla Junk / Finance Office / [email protected] Kyla Proe / AmeriCorps Member / [email protected] Just one of 9 recipients and his very happy family from Mission Honduras LeMars The Board of Directors Erik Salazar | David Johnson | John Allgood |Denielle Taylor | Doug Brooks | Holly Brooks | Steve Horton |Amy Gallegos Daryl Osmus | Kristen Colby | Jerry Isbell To receive the LFL Newsletter via email, send a request to Shelley Dutton Save the Dates! 5K Blaze is August 8th! The 13th Annual Blaze 5k for Limbs for Life will be held Saturday, August 8th on the Oklahoma River Trails beginning at the Chesapeake Boathouse. The event will be part of the “Run This Town” series for the second year. The series includes three 5k events on consecutive Saturday evenings in August. Registration is $35 per race of $90 for all three. The Blaze is the second in the series. Watch for more details and registration links coming soon on our website. Annual Golf Tournament is October 19th Gaillardia Country Club will again host the Scott Sabolich Prosthetics Golf Tournament for Limbs for Life. Last year’s event sold out the field and raised over $85,000 for the charity. The 2015 event will be on Monday, October 19th with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. Save the date and plan now to join us. For more information, contact Shelley Dutton at 405-286-5027 or [email protected] Perk Place supports Limb Loss Awareness Perk Place Café located at 1649 W. 33rd Street in Edmond, OK will support Limbs for Life during Limbs Loss Awareness Month. Stop by for morning coffee, breakfast, or a fantastic lunch throughout the month of April. Donations and a portion of proceeds benefit LFL.
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