Amputee Coalition Launches Show Your Mettle Day
April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, and the Amputee Coalition is celebrating by launching Show Your Mettle Day on Saturday, April 27. On April 27, the Coalition is asking amputees across the country to show their mettle by proudly showing their metal in public.
Show Your Mettle was inspired by Amputee Mommy blogger Peggy Chenoweth, who began a movement in 2011 to raise awareness about living well with limb loss. Show Your Mettle Day takes that concept to new heights and is designed to empower amputees to band together and make America start seeing amputees in everyday life.
“We are a growing community,” said Chenoweth. “With over 500 new amputations occurring every day, I began to wonder why so many amputees felt isolated and alone. I wanted to create an opportunity to foster conversations about limb loss issues while encouraging amputees to step out of the shadows. Show Your Mettle Day is the start of a movement, encouraging individuals with limb loss to unite and to work to effect change.”
According to the Amputee Coalition, there are 21 amputations every hour in this country, making for more than 500 a day and approximately 185,000 every year. The leading cause of amputation in America is diabetes, followed by traumatic injury, and cancer. In 2010, diabetes affected 25.8 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is estimated that 33% of Americans will have diabetes by 2050. In 2009, hospital charges for amputation procedures performed in this country totaled more than $8.3 billion.
“Amputees are part of our communities,” said Kendra Calhoun, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “It’s important for our communities to know that amputees are not defined by their amputation and that they are living life to the fullest. That’s why we encourage the 2 million Americans living with limb loss to participate in Show Your Mettle Day on April 27.”