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 2015 the Amputee Coalition has numerous ways for you to get involved.
This year, Show Your Mettle Day will be on Saturday, April 25. We hope that all amputees will proudly wear and show their prosthetic devices 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, or just living your lives if you do not use an assistive device, throughout the month of April on our Show Your Mettle for Limb Loss Awareness Month event page on Facebook (Facebook.com/AmputeeUSA).
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 close out Limb Loss Awareness Month, the Amputee Coalition will also be partnering with Össur and the Challenged Athletes Foundation to hold a Limb Loss Education Day/Mobility Clinic in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2015. Check our Web site for information regarding the 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!