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 2014 the Amputee Coalition is challenging support groups across the country to show their mettle and raise limb loss awareness by planning and holding walk/run/roll events in their communities to benefit the Coalition and its mission to empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential.

Show Your Mettle logo

The Amputee Coalition is excited to announce that half of the proceeds raised by each participating support group will go directly toward a fund at the Amputee Coalition to cover the registration fee(s) of sending one or more members from that support group to the Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, which will be held in Tucson, Arizona, July 23-25, 2015. Any amount not used by support groups to cover registration fees in 2015 will go toward the Kathy Spozio Bridge to Ability Scholarship program to help send new amputees to conference.

The Coalition has put together a kit available for download to help support groups get started. The kit includes easy-to-follow steps to organize your walk/run/roll, a guide to donating, a sample event flyer, and more.

Walk/Run/Roll Kit (PDF) Sample Event Flyer (Word Doc)
Walk/Run/Roll Kit Sample Event Flyer

Be sure to check out the Amputee Coalition’s Crowdrise fundraising page for Limb Loss Awareness month at www.crowdrise.com/showyourmettle to start your own fundraising team, donate, or check out what other teams are doing for Limb Loss Awareness Month.

If you have any questions regarding the kit, organizing a Limb Loss Awareness Month walk/run/roll, or suggestions for other ways to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Melinda Park, Annual Fund Manager. Together we can make a difference!

Take Action: We've submitted gubernatorial proclamation requests to all 50 states once again this year. Over the past two years we've received 45 gubernatorial proclamations recognizing Limb Loss Awareness Month, but we want to get all 50! Click here to view the proclamations already in place and learn how you can take action in states that have not yet signed one.

Show Your Support: Look great and raise awareness with unique, quality apparel and gear featuring the Amputee Coalition Show Your Mettle logo. Click here to shop now!

From Our National Spokesperson

Peggy Chenoweth“People often feel uncomfortable or shy when broaching the subject of limb loss. I am excited about this unifying event which will foster opportunities to educate others about amputees living within the community.”
– Peggy Chenoweth, National Spokesperson

Check back soon for more news about Limb Loss Awareness Month!

 

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Dan Ignaszewski:
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