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When Travel Calls

Once you master the art of traveling as an amputee, you’ll discover that adaptive travel is easier than you thought. These travel tips can take some of the worries out of globetrotting.

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Amp Camp: Two Tickets to Paradise

Fast forward to the spring of 2021. You’re taking the sun on a tropical beach at a luxury resort, winding down after full day of physical, mental, and spiritual exertion. Everyone around you has some form of limb difference, and they’ve come from everywhere—Europe, Asia, South America, the U.S., you name it. The participants include...

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Aargh, Mateys! Time To Get Yer Pirate On!

Aargh, Mateys! Time To Get Yer Pirate On!

The  image that springs to mind when most people hear the word pirate is that of the traditional bearded sailor, hook-handed, peg-legged, and eye-patched. Although injuries sustained from cannon fire and sword fights did often result in the ship’s cook amputating a sailor’s infected limb to save his life (using rum as an anesthetic), he most often died from infection after the amputation surgery. Oddly enough, few pirates were actual amputees; yet the Golden Age of Piracy depicting weather-beaten, leather-skinned amputees is still the stuff great seafaring stories are made of. Given this, you’ll still find many a Jack Sparrow if you go hunting in the right places.

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Challenged Athletes Foundation Announces Distribution of 2,806 Grants

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced unprecedented financial support through its annual grant programs, which provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, specialized running prostheses, coaching, mentoring, travel, and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges of all ages and levels who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports. Logan Passe. Image courtesy...

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Donating Blood Is a Great Way to Help Others

Donating blood is a tangible way to help people who are struggling with serious health conditions, yet many people may not think about it or make time for it. In January—which the American Red Cross has dubbed National Blood Donor Month—blood bank supplies are typically among the lowest of the year, as many people have...

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Hearing, Touch Transmit Sensations Via Osseointegrated Prostheses

Driving is an example of when the patients benefit from osseoperception. Photograph by Susanne Lindholm, courtesy of Chalmers. A team of researchers from Italy and Sweden have found that people with an osseointegrated prosthesis can hear by means of vibrations in their implants. This sound transmission through bones is a part of osseoperception-a sensory awareness...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for its 2017 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp and Leadership Camp, to be held July 7-12 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children ten to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 31. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are...

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Össur Announces Second Photo/Video Contest

Jon Sigurdsson, president and CEO of Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, announced that, due to the overwhelmingly positive response to its #MyWinningMoment photo/video campaign, the company has launched a second round of the contest. As before, people with lower-limb loss are invited to share their stories via photographs or videos on the www.mywinningmoment.com website. In addition, eligibility...

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Hanger Charitable Foundation Awards Over $125,000 in Grants

The Hanger Charitable Foundation completed its second round of 2016 grants, awarding $127,750 to eight nonprofit organizations that share its mission to empower people with physical challenges to live life as fully as possible. The Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 to 16 organizations in 2016 thus far, and over $430,000 to more than 25...

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Second-Year Swimmer Competes at Warrior Games

Lammers takes a breather and some pointers from his coach at the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games swimming training session. Image by Spc. Michael Ohliger. Most people learn the art of swimming at an early age, and their first plunge is but a hazy memory. But, for retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Lammers,...

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Össur Launches Contest for Adults With Lower-limb Loss

Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, has launched an online contest that encourages adults with lower-limb loss to share their stories via photo or video. The #MyWinningMoment contest is open through May 31; the winner will be announced in June. “We launched this inspiring campaign to celebrate peoples’ everyday victories, whether that means running a marathon or catching...

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Amputee Coalition Accepting Bridge to Ability Scholarship Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship to give new amputees the opportunity to attend the coalition’s 2016 National Conference, June 9-11, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Applications must be postmarked by April 8. The Bridge to Ability Scholarship Fund provides full conference registration, covering health and wellness education,...

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2016 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team Announced

The U.S. Paralympics has named 27 athletes, including one tandem pilot, to its 2016 cycling national team. The roster includes ten past U.S. Paralympians, spanning from 2004 to 2012, and five reigning world champions. The world champions are Joe Berenyi, Shawn Morelli, Greta Neimanas, Jill Walsh, and Jamie Whitmore. Berenyi and Neimanas are also prior...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the 2016 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 8-13 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children 10 to 17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 18. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are paid through the...

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Smartphone-Based Device Provides Rapid Molecular Diagnoses at Low Cost

Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a smartphone-based device that can reliably carry out molecular diagnoses in under an hour for approximately $2 per patient. The device could enable point-of-care cancer diagnostics in low- to middle-income or remote areas, which often have high rates of mortality from...

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Many Patients Prefer Online Postoperative Care to In-Person Care

The majority of patients who undergo routine, uncomplicated operations prefer online postoperative consultations to in-person visits, according to a new study published on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website. In this prospective pilot study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, researchers tracked 50 patients who completed both online and in-person visits...

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DARPA Achieves Goal of Restoring Sensation

A 28-year-old man who has had paralysis for more than ten years due to a spinal cord injury has been able to “feel” physical sensations through a prosthetic hand directly connected to his brain, and even identify which mechanical finger is being gently touched. The advance was made possible by neural technologies developed under the...

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Polymer Nanotube Network Could Improve Prosthetic Interfaces

A nerve-like assemblage created by protein nanomotors acting on polymer filaments at Sandia National Laboratories. Image courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, have created linkages of polymer nanotubes that resemble the structure of a nerve that, in a future application, could lead to gentler prosthetic interfaces. The researchers...

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CAF Raises More Than $2 Million at Gala

CAF attendees, from left, Kelly Ray, Haven Shepard, and Breezy Bochenek. Photograph courtesy of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF’s) ninth annual “A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope” gala, held June 10 at the Waldorf Astoria New York, raised more than $2.3 million to support fitness and athletic endeavors of people...

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Tim McGraw Challenges Americans with Type 2 Diabetes to Achieve Their A1C Goal

Country music artist Tim McGraw is traveling the country to urge people with type 2 diabetes to get their blood glucose under control. The American Diabetes Association and Merck are launching America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals, an educational program that encourages people with the disease to work with their doctors to set and...

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Amputee Coalition Accepting Bridge to Ability Scholarship Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship. The scholarship provides full conference registration as well as lodging expenses and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses to give people with new amputations the opportunity to attend the Amputee Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, July 23-25, in Tucson, Arizona....

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Nordic Skier Soule Named IPC January Athlete of the Month

U.S. Nordic sit-skier Andy Soule was voted the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athlete of the Month after a record-breaking January. The Paralympic bronze medalist made history by becoming the first U.S. athlete to win five medals at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin. Soule won silver in the 7.5km and 12.5km biathlon...

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Applications Accepted for 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event for U.S. veterans with disabilities. Registration began in early January and will close April 15. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp Accepting Applications

The Amputee Coalition is accepting applications for the 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 10-15 at Camp Joy, Clarksville, Ohio. The camp is open to children 10-17 years old who are living with limb loss. The application deadline is March 20. All campers’ expenses, including travel, are paid through the Amputee Coalition’s...

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Healthy for the Holidays: Tips for People with Diabetes

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the holidays can be fun and heartwarming. They can also be exhausting and stressful. Challenges of the season include high-fat, carb-loaded food, parties with alcohol, tempting desserts, and a schedule that keeps you too busy to fit in your normal fitness activities. This is even harder if you have...

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CAF SDTC 2014: The Best Day in Tri

It is called “the best day in triathlon,” and for good reason: camaraderie, smiles, and support abound. It is a misnomer, however, to call it the best “day” because the festivities surrounding the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF’s) Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) last a weekend. An open water swim clinic and kids...

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Kicking for Kids Who Can’t Kick-a-Thon to Be Held October 18

The Kicking for Kids Who Can’t Kick-a-Thon event will be held at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will include Ron Mann, a below-knee amputee and black belt in Muay Thai; Tyler Carter, a U.S. Paralympian; the U.S. Amputee Soccer team;...

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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to Perform, Educate Fort Riley Community about Resiliency

WWAST travels the country hosting high-spirited and interactive exhibition games to bring a message of resiliency to communities. Photograph courtesy of www.army.mil. Interactive, motivational and fun; that’s how Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Sargent, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, described the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST). The team members, Sargent said,...

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Challenged Athletes Foundation Holds Eighth Annual Gala, Raises $2.3 Million

Posted June 16, 2014 Notables from Wall Street, the world of sports, and broadcast media came together on June 11 in New York City to support inspirational challenged athletes at the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Eighth Annual “A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope” gala. More than 850 guests filled the Grand Ballroom at the...

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Scholarship Established to Attend Limb Loss Education Day

Posted April 9, 2014 The Barr Foundation has established a scholarship through the Amputee Coalition to assist children with amputations or limb differences and their families attend the Limb Loss Education Day nearest to them. The scholarship will provide travel and registration expenses. For more information, contact Abra Hogarth at 888.267.5669 or [email protected]

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