|Why I volunteer for the AC
||Left above knee amputee since 2011 from an infection in a knee replacement. In the fall of 2011 I wanted to start a support group for fellow members of the limb loss/difference community so I contacted the Amputee Coalition for guidance and help. They provided me with a toolkit of information and resources that gave me all that I needed to get off the ground. In 2013 I wanted to go non profit and they advised me on ways to do that as well. I believe that my organization is a success today because of the guidance I got from them. In 2013 I became a Certified Peer Visitor and came to see just how much help I could be for new amputees and I gained a new appreciation for the support efforts of the Coalition. I attended the Hill Day in Washington, D.C. in 2019 and joined about a hundred others who sat down with our members of Congress to urge them to continue to fund the Limb Loss Resource Center and to enact legislation to insure insurance fairness for all members of the limb loss/difference community in every state. Prior to that I didn’t think my story was important to anyone but my family and friends back home, but I soon found out that it could impact on issues much bigger than that. The staff at the Amputee Coalition prepared me so well for these visits and gave me the confidence to tell my story and that it could make a substantial difference in how we are seen by our legislative leaders. I can’t say enough about the staff at the Coalition. I am proud to be a part of their vision and their efforts to advocate, educate and support those of us living with limb loss/difference. They really do care about the quality of our lives. They work non stop with our legislative leaders and others in the healthcare field to ensure that we all get the resources that we need. I am so impressed with their energy, enthusiasm and support. I volunteer to support them in bringing awareness to the issues affecting us as amputees. I have the voice but the Amputee Coalition gave ne the platform and for that I will always be grateful.