April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month
Each day, more than 500 Americans lose a limb; the Amputee Coalition is the leading national organization working to ensure that amputees do not go through this journey alone. April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, and for April 2016 the Amputee Coalition has numerous ways for you to get involved.
This year, Show Your Mettle Day will be on Saturday, April 23, 2016. We hope that all amputees will proudly wear and show their devices (prosthetic and/or assistive) on this day. The concept is simple – to show your “mettle,” the ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way, by showing your “metal” prosthetic device or wheelchair.
We are also encouraging all amputees (who feel comfortable) to post a photo of yourselves wearing your prosthesis, in your wheelchair or just living your lives if you do not use an assistive device, using #ShowYourMettle throughout the month of April on our social media platforms – Facebook (Facebook.com/AmputeeUSA), Instagram (Instagram.com/AmputeeCoalition) and Twitter (Twitter.com/AmputeesUSA).
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Amputee Coalition held a Hill Day in Washington, D.C. Meetings were scheduled with elected officials about key issues including:
- Insurance Fairness for Amputees and improving access to prosthetic and custom orthotic care
- Funding for research and programs that improve the lives of amputees
- Changes to the Local Coverage Determination Process to ensure we don’t see another Medicare LCD like we witnessed in 2015.
The Amputee Coalition is hoping the community will consider holding fundraising events in April to benefit the Amputee Coalition and its mission to empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential. Holding a fundraising event, like a walk/run/roll in your community, is not only a chance to raise limb loss awareness, but an opportunity to give back to the amputee community.
The Amputee Coalition has put together a kit available for download to help get you started that includes easy-to-follow steps to organize your walk/run/roll, a guide to donating and more to help get you started.
To start the Limb Loss Awareness Month festivities, the Amputee Coalition will be partnering with TIRR Memorial Hermann Health System to hold a Limb Loss Education Day in Houston, Texas. Check out our Web site for more information regarding this event.
This April, be sure to Show Your Mettle in your own way. Limb Loss Awareness Month is all about raising awareness about the limb loss community and empowering people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential. Together, with your help, we can make this April a powerful nationwide movement to raise limb loss awareness!
If you have any questions regarding organizing a fundraiser like a walk/run/roll, or suggestions for other ways to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together we can make a difference!