Press Release from the Amputee Coalition (in full):
“March 22, 2019
Manassas, VA – The Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Awareness Month launches on April 1. This annual event’s goal is to spread awareness about limb loss and limb difference and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of the over two million Americans who have experienced amputations or were born with limb difference and the 28 million people who are at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition’s mission includes education, support, and advocacy.
Jack Richmond, President and CEO of the Amputee Coalition say “Limb Loss Awareness month is celebrating its 7th anniversary and has seen an increased impact each year. Most people are surprised by the information we present. Facts like the leading cause for amputation is complications related to diabetes and that an estimated 2.1 million Americans live with limb loss or a limb difference. Limb Loss Awareness Month gives our community an opportunity to share stories about living well with limb loss or often their struggles to obtain access to the care they need to live the life they want to live.”
Limb Loss Awareness Month offers ways for the community to celebrate, motivate and activate through social media outreach, asking states to declare April Limb Loss Awareness Month by proclamation, sharing stories, and contacting insurance executives about not delaying or denying amputees access to prosthetic care. For more details about Limb Loss Awareness month, visit https://www.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/limb-loss-awareness-month/ to find out how you can participate.
About the Amputee Coalition
The Amputee Coalition is a donor-supported, voluntary health organization serving more than 2 million people with limb loss and more than 28 million people at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss through its management of the National Limb Loss Resource Center. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives. For more information about limb loss, please call 888/257-5669 or visit the website at amputee-coalition.org“.