Two Friends, Gone too Soon

Kevin Manuel In The News

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Brian and Tammy’s passing. They both contributed their talents and hearts to make the world a better place, enriching the limb loss community in the process. They will be missed.

 

Brian Thomas Moser

March 26, 1976 – March 28, 2018

The Amputee Coalition is saddened by the loss of Brian Moser, 42, a certified peer visitor and tireless advocate for the amputee community.

Before he lost his left leg below the knee in August 2012 due to sepsis, Brian was an ordained pastor, serving in churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio. His pastoral experience was undoubtedly a factor in his enthusiasm and talent for educating and speaking up for amputees and their families. Brian went on to launch revAMPd, a popular podcast for amputees by an amputee that was listened to nationwide and in 53 other countries.

He continued to run the podcast in spite of ongoing problems due to diabetes and secondary conditions. Brian explained: “You have to have a test in order to get a testimony, and every setback is a set-up for a comeback. Anyone who knows me knows I am the personification of ‘The Comeback Kid!’”

Passionate about advocating for the rights of everyone living with limb loss, Brian traveled to Capitol Hill with the Amputee Coalition and the American Association of Orthotics and Prosthetics to share his own story with members of Congress, and to implore Congress to act to protect the rights of all amputees to improvements in the quality of prosthetic care.

Brian believed that “Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and the only way you can progress and move forward in your journey is to take decisive action. … It’s so easy to sit on your couch or in your wheelchair feeling sorry for yourself, but you’ve got to rise above that.”

Brian was a person who thrived, not just in spite of his loss but, to some extent, because of it and the passion it inspired in him to help others. May his life be an inspiration to us all.

 

Tammy June Myers

January 17, 1964 – April 6, 2018

The Amputee Coalition grieves the passing of Tammy Myers, a certified peer visitor and founder and leader of the support group Amputees in Motion, after a heroic fight with leukemia.

Tammy became an amputee in December 2007, losing her left leg above the knee due to a blood clot. As experienced by so many people who have lost a limb, Tammy was left unsure of what to do next, not knowing any other amputees to answer the questions she had. This inspired her to create Amputees in Motion, an amputee support group for her community in Decatur, Texas and outlying areas. Tammy said, “I had finally found my passion and my purpose! What a blessing! I started working out, being a social butterfly, not taking no for an answer and learned I was stronger than I ever knew. After speaking to old and young people alike without judgment, I learned one can make a difference.”

As an Amputee Coalition certified peer visitor since 2012, Tammy provided support to many new amputees. The amputee world has lost a great advocate and to all who knew her, a friend. Although we are diminished by her passing, Tammy’s spirit lives on in the commitment we make to serve our community as she did.