From the AC
  • by Michael Crist
    Deanna Campbell plans to celebrate a milestone of one year with a prosthetic leg by participating in the one-mile fun run at the Run for Angels on Saturday in Newnan, Ga.  No matter how far she runs, it won’t be nearly as far as she’s come.  Tamara Newell of the Newnan Times-Herald told Campbell’s story […]
  • by Michael Crist
    Applications are open for the Disability EmpowHer Network’s EmpowHer Camp! EmpowHer aims to help girls with disabilities to live to their fullest potential and have the confidence to lead. In 2021, Disability EmpowHer Network started the camp to equip teenage girls with disabilities with the tools to lead in their lives, schools, and communities. EmpowHer Camp […]
  • by Thrive Admin
    Life After Limb Loss Losing a limb is only comprehensible for those who have. It requires a mental and physical reacclimation of all of your faculties.  At the beginning of this loss, you feel life is over. You realize all of the simple things you once took for granted. Imagine not being able to … well, […]
  • by Michael Crist
    The Youth Engagement Program (YEP) is excited to host our first Youth Empowerment Luncheon on Saturday, March 11, in the Chicago area. You can join us at the Westin Chicago Lombard, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois, from noon-6 p.m. Central.  We will also host a meet-and-greet reception on Friday, March 10, from 7-9 p.m. Central.   […]
  • by Jewel Connelly
    Florida’s Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, home site for the Amputee Coalition National Conference this year, is a destination in itself. The hotel, which is 13 miles and about a 30-minute ride from Orlando International Airport, will welcome the National Conference Aug. 2-5. Registration is open for the Amputee Coalition’s premiere annual event, and the theme this […]
  • by Michael Crist
    When Connecticut teachers Jenna and Tim Riccio married in 2021, one of their students served as ringbearer. That student has brought much more to their lives than shiny jewelry.  Nate, who underwent amputations on both legs below the knee, his left arm, and three fingers on his right hand in 2019, is now their son.  Wendy […]
  • by Michael Crist
    Only six days after he became a bilateral amputee in 2019, Simon Heaps began playing table tennis. He hasn’t stopped since.  The 67-year-old from Milford on Sea, England, hopes to go all the way to the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Games in Thailand in December.  Lily Ford wrote about the table tennis player […]
  • by Jewel Connelly
    We are excited to share the Amputee Coalition board of directors has selected Cassandra “Cass” Isidro as the president and CEO. She brings over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is committed to reaching the 2.7 million Americans living with limb loss or limb difference. Please take a few minutes to watch […]
  • by Jewel Connelly
    Reprinted with permission from We Are The Mighty. Written by Jessica Manfre. In an instant, the life of Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret) Nick Kimmel was irrevocably changed because of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Despite catastrophic injuries – he hasn’t slowed down. His response when he’s told he can’t do something? Watch me. Kimmel was always passionate about […]
  • by Thrive Admin
    Just the beginning  On July 4, 2022, I was barely able to move, heavy chested, fatigued, sweating, heart was racing, and my body felt swollen. I was taken to the hospital. After getting things checked out, they told me I was positive for COVID-19. I had told them about my previous history of pericarditis and […]