Choice Solutions Roofing & Exteriors, a local roofer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been promoting various non-governmental and non-profit organizations through different local campaigns. We started the project recently and have been very proud of it because we’re always glad to help to those in need.
One of those organizations is the Limbs for Life Foundation whose mission is to provide the fully-functioning prosthetic care to individuals who cannot afford. Also, they are raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.
If you are a non-profit organisation and would like to collaborate, or if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us. We’re always looking for new challenges and interesting projects! Enjoy the reading!
Introduction: To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization.
Limbs for Life Foundation is a global nonprofit dedicated to providing fully-functioning prosthetic care to individuals who cannot afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.
- What do you do exactly?
And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?
Amputees without insurance or other resources, who do not qualify for any other assistance may apply to Limbs for Life for help. Through our network of partner prosthetic clinics across the country, we help identify a local clinic to provide the prosthetic limb for the client. Limbs for Life handles the application process including background checks, pays a fixed contract price to the clinic, and provides components and parts as available for the fabrication of the new limb. The clinic donates their labor and services. The partnerships allow Limbs for Life to serve clients across the U.S. each year. Founded in Oklahoma City in 1995, Limbs for Life restores mobility and independence to amputees in need.
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
While high-tech prosthetic devices are available, they are out of reach for many amputees. Prosthetic devices help restore a person’s basic motor skills and mobility, but many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic care. Many times insurance does not cover prosthetic care, nor does Medicaid in Oklahoma. With access to quality prosthetic care, amputees can live active, productive lives. The options for those who do not have access are isolating and limited.
- Tell us about your goals
Limbs for Life supports over 1,500 amputees each year, providing new limbs along with repair and replacement parts. Referrals to additional resources also allow amputees to get back on their feet and back to the activities of life, whether that is working or going to school or enjoying time family and friends. We strive to support as many amputees as possible each year, as funding allows.
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
There are over 18,000 nonprofits in Oklahoma alone. We would encourage anyone looking to start a nonprofit to first extensively research what other, similar organizations are doing or providing to determine if your objectives might align with an existing organization. There is little benefit to duplicating resources already available. Start-up and overhead costs for a new nonprofit often cut deeply into funding, leaving little available for direct program services to those you want to serve.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
Each time we are able to make the call to notify an amputee that funding is available and they may begin the fitting process for their new prosthetic limb, it is a great day! Restoring the ability to walk again and the opportunity to enjoy the activities of life they knew before limb loss is rewarding to our staff, clinic partners and supporters, and is a turning point in recovery for the amputee and their family.
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
Limbs for Life is the largest nonprofit providing prosthetic care to amputees without other resources. Limbs for Life serves clients across the U.S. and shares used components that are restricted in the states with partners internationally. A few organizations provide limited assistance in specific geographic areas, yet Limbs for Life stands in the gap across the country for those amputees without any other resources for a limb.
- Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?
Limbs for Life benefits from our annual golf tournament held each year in October in Oklahoma City. We also have sponsored events and campaigns in various cities and states throughout the year. Visit our website at limbsforlife.org for updates and details, or contact our office for ways you can get involved.
- What is it that you love most about what you do?
We frequently receive letters, cards and calls from clients and family members. These reinforce the impact Limbs for Life has on the individuals we serve. A recent note read: “I am beyond well! I’m working again, walking and hiking pain-free, and am so blessed by your foundation. Thank you for giving my life back!”
- What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?
Funding and staffing create the biggest challenges to serving even more amputees. On average, 507 people lose a limb each day in the U.S. alone. The need continues as over 2.1 million people are currently living with limb loss.
- Anything else you would like to add?
While prosthetic limbs range in price from $15,000 upwards to $80,000, Limbs for Life, in partnership with local clinics, provides a lower extremity limb for $2,500-$3,500 along with parts and components. Shipping of shared parts can cost as little as $15-$45, so donations of any amount can support Limbs for Life and those we serve. We also accept used prosthetic limbs to recycle hardware and parts. Details are on the website and items may be delivered are shipped to the Limbs for Life office.
Contact: How can people reach out to you? Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media.
Limbs for Life Foundation, 9604 N. May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120
405-843-5174 / email@example.com