Join us! For just $15, you’ll hear from great presenters, meet new friends over lunch, try out adaptive activities AND experience a great exhibit area of prosthetic products and services.
When and Where
Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
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What To Expect
Jack Richmond, our President and CEO, will welcome the crowd and introduce our presenters.
Research and You
Andrew Kajilch, is an amputee working as a Rehab Medicine RA at the University of Washington, will share insight into the importance of prosthetic research and how it works.
PT: It’s Not Just for Rehab!
Ellen Ferris, a Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist who works as the Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinator at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, will talk about incorporating movement into your day. She’ll have simple suggestions that fit a wide range of abilities and will use Ali and Nick as examples of using therapy to stay healthy.
Ali McWeeny and Nick Roumanada will share their stories as part of this segment, providing real-life examples of how to fit movement into your life — whether you are a new mom like Ali or are balancing training and work like Nick.
Jack Richmond will close the morning by talking about being an advocate for yourself. He is passionate about making sure people have access to the care they need to live the life they choose.
Lunch is included in registration, and it’s the perfect chance to meet others and explore what the exhibits have to offer.
1pm-3pm On the Move
Seattle Adaptive Sports will talk about making activities accessible and a coach will help you try our adaptive sports like sitting volleyball. Their mission, To provide the opportunity for youth and adults with physically disabilities to participate and compete in athletic and recreational activities, is a perfect fit for the day. Since they are local, you can stay in touch afterwards, too.
Jack Richmond, President and CEO, Amputee Coalition, living well with limb loss.
Jack Richmond’s career has culminated in his current role as the President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition, the nation’s largest non-profit serving people affected by limb loss and limb difference. Shortly after losing a limb in 1987, he became involved in an amputee support group, and eventually made the prosthetic field his career. He is a Certified Prosthetic and Orthotic Assistant (CPOA), but his passion is for advocacy. His volunteer work includes 23 years with the Amputee Coalition and serving as a board member and president of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the United Amputee Services Association (UASA).
Andre Kajilch, clinician, endurance biker, living well with limb loss.
Andre works at the University of Washington as a Rehab Medicine RA and will share insight into the importance of prosthetic research and how the limb loss community is involved. His journey includes endurance biking and the Race Across America, as well as becoming the only wheelchair athlete to complete an Ultraman Triathalon. His journey with limb loss began in 2003, when he was attending university in Prague. He ended up on the tracks facing an oncoming metro, and the result was one leg requiring amputation above the knee, the other at the hip, with little hope he would walk again. Over the next five years André concerned himself with resuming life as usual.
His competitive athletics include entering the world of endurance sports in 2010, and he became the USA’s Paratriathlete of the year in 2012. He’s taken the gold at the Panamerican Championship in Edmonton, the National Ironman 70.3 Championship, and the Ironman World Championship in Kona. He’s the first wheelchair athlete to finish Ultramans in Canada, Hawaii and Australia, and was even the first to complete the grueling Brazil135 Ultramarathon in the Mantiqueira Mountains. His ultimate goal was to complete the Race Across America, more than 3,000 miles of endurance biking.
Ellen Ferris, Physical Therapist
Ellen has been working as a Physical Therapist for more than thirty years, with her clinical roles culminating in her current position as the Amputee Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Regional Amputation Center at the VA Puget Sound Hospital. She oversees amputee care for veterans in much of the northwest both face-to-face and via Video Telehealth. Her background includes work with people with limb loss at the Rehab Institute of Chicago, and teaching stints at Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Puget Sound.
Ali McWeeny, coach, competitor and mother, living well with limb loss.
Ali McWeeny has an above-knee amputation as a result of a 2009 boating accident. Since her amputation, she has completed her Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and School Health with a minor in Coaching and a Masters of Science in Health and Physical Education. Both degrees play a substantial role in her life, coaching collegiate track and field, officiating and competing in USA Powerlifting (USAPL) competitions, teaching college level Physical Education courses at Central Washington University and caring for her partners, three dogs, her infant – and herself!
Nick Roumonada, athlete, living well with limb loss.
In 1992, at the age of 13, Nick Roumonada was stricken with bacterial meningitis and his parents’ swift work in getting him to the hospital saved his life. After 6 months in the hospital, Nick lost his leg below the knee due to the devastating results of the disease.
Hit with a second life challenge in college in the form of focal dystonia, a music-career ending neurological disorder, he turned adversity into opportunity and focused on his untapped athleticism. Starting with a 5k in 2009, he’s continued to compete in running races and triathlons including a second Ironman. His motto? Take what you’ve been given and run with it!
Registration is $15 for adults and children age 11 & older. On-site registration is available (children 10 and under are free and are registered on-site), but to save your spot (and ensure we have enough lunches for everyone) please register adults and children age 11 & older in advance.
Questions? Call 888/267-5669. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d also like to give a special thanks to all of our National Sponsors for helping make our Limb Loss Education Day event a reality!
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