First off – mark your calendars for unLIMBited’s 2nd Annual Fall Celebration Wine & Beverage tasting event. This event is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 19th at UB’s Center for the Arts. We’d love to see you there!
Secondly, we wish to extend a gigantic thank you to Kate Kivinen, Clay Case, Joe Gelose and the entire Student Physical Therapy Association at Daemen College. They held a beautiful Gala to support unLIMBited. Thank you all that you have done!
In case you were not aware, April is Limb Loss Awareness month. Here are some interesting things going on in the Limb Loss Community…
- Amy Purdy – if you have never heard of her, please Google her immediately. She is a double, below the knee amputee, an olympic bronze medalist for snowboarding and a contender on Dancing with the Stars this season. She has also co-founded Adaptive Action Sports, given a TED talk about overcoming obstacles and is just an inspiration. You can find her on DWTS, on Twitter @AmyPurdyGurl.
- MIT’s Media Lab – the brilliant minds at MIT are working on some groundbreaking Bionics. See their TED talk on Bionic possibilities
- Family Fun – Dolphin Tale 2 is coming out September 19th. It’s the story of a dolphin with a prosthetic tail. It’s great for children and families alike.
- Reminder – use http:smile.amazon.com for all of your amazon shopping needs to continue to support unLIMBited
For all of you Amazon shoppers, use Amazon Smile and they will make a donation to unLIMBited. http://smile.amazon.com/about
Come join us! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here click on the link below to donate. 100% of the donations go toward funding prosthesis for deserving children.
Or you can send a check to:
We are excited to plan our first fundraiser, a wine / beer tasting event to be held in the Fall of 2013. We are finalizing dates and the location, so please be sure to check back frequently for status updates.
The funds that we raise will help us to provide deserving children with the limbs they need to stay active and to … get moving!
In addition to collecting monetary funds, we are building a limb bank that will allow us to help families reduce the heavy costs of prosthesis by recycling parts from outgrown limbs. For children, prosthesis last anywhere from 6 months to a year, as adjustments are needed for their rapid growth. While many parts of the limbs are customized, there are some “standard” parts that can be taken from old limbs to make new ones.
What began with an elevator has blossomed into the organization, unLIMBited.
unLIMBited was formed because we have a child with a limb deficiency and found it difficult to get him the prosthesis we believe he deserved. Our insurance company covered one leg for our son. This leg allows him to walk, run, climb and do most things a 3 year old boy wants to do. It does not, however, allow him to take a shower, swim in a pool, or help support his desire to skate like Nathan Gerbe. We simply wanted better for him… we wanted more… we want him to feel and to be “unLIMBited”.