Know someone looking for a new leg?There's a nonprofit out there dedicated to helping amputees learn how to skateboard and snowboard, and it has a team of experts ready to create a free, top-of-the-line prosthetic leg for a deserving amputee athlete.
The only problem is that it's having trouble finding a willing recipient.
"I've found the nonprofit world to be pretty cutthroat and people don't want to help, it's weird. It's been difficult too because I'd like to find somebody local," said Joel Goltry, a North St. Paul resident working with Adaptive Action Sports.
The person chosen by AAS's Roll It Forward Campaign will get flown out to Virginia to receive a fitting from John Hattingh, a "rock star" prosthetist, a new foot from Ability Dynamics, support locally from Tillges Certified Orthotics and Prosthetics, and a decorative customized cover from the Alleles Design Studio.
Golte estimates altogether the donated goods and services cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000.
"The problem is people may have goals and aspirations to stay active after an amputation but they don't have a leg that allows for that activity level," said Goltry. "I'm trying to find somebody that will take this new leg and be able to get back on their skateboard or get back on their bike. I'm looking for somebody who will benefit from a leg of this caliber."
Goltry chose to amputate his left leg below the knee after a bad motorcycle accident in 2010. After the accident he slowly relearned how to skateboard and snowboard and now he works with AAS to help others do the same.
Know an amputee athlete in need of a top-of-the-line leg? Tell them to email Goltry at [email protected].
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