Jogger with prosthetic limbs © Kampus Production/Pexels
Imagine facing the incredible challenge of losing a leg without the means to acquire a prosthetic device. For many uninsured or underinsured individuals, this reality becomes their everyday struggle. However, in the face of adversity, the Limbs for Life Foundation (LFL) emerges as a symbol of hope. Through their tireless efforts to provide prosthetic devices and support to those in need, LFL is building a LEGacy of resilience and hope.
Since its inception in 1995, LFL has been dedicated to assisting individuals who lack access to prosthetic care due to financial constraints.
The mission is simple yet profound: “to purchase fully functional lower limb prosthetics for those who would otherwise be unable to afford them. In doing so, we enable individuals to regain their mobility, independence, and the confidence to embrace life’s opportunities. Our impact is immediate and life changing. We enable people with no other possibilities for funding to receive a prosthesis and literally get back on their feet,” shared Randy Titony, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Last year, LFL reached their highest number of funded clients at 367 and over $1 million. A prosthesis can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, and through their partnerships with hundreds of prosthetic facilities across the U.S., LFL can fund a patient locally in their own community.
The impact of LFL extends far beyond the provision of prosthetic devices. By restoring mobility and empowering individuals, they create a ripple effect of positive change. Each limb funded by the foundation becomes a catalyst for renewed hope and the opportunity to return to work or school or to lead a fulfilling life.
That much is true for John Shelton. After an accident in 1985 led to the amputation of Shelton’s leg, he has trained to become a triathlete, volunteered with LFL, and now sits on the Board of Directors with the foundation.
“Being asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Limbs for Life has reinforced how far I have come in my life’s journey after going through so much,” explained Shelton. “This group of people has made me feel welcome, important, and loved. I am so fortunate to be part of this organization.”
Through their work, LFL not only transforms individual lives but also raises awareness about the challenges faced by those with limb loss. By shining a spotlight on the importance of access to prosthetic devices, the foundation advocates for a more inclusive and understanding society. They strive to eliminate the barriers that prevent individuals from fully participating in their communities and realizing their potential. In essence, they exist to build a LEGacy!
So, how can you help build a LEGacy through LFL? There are numerous ways to make a meaningful impact. Financial contributions through grants, cash donations, stocks, bequests, or sponsoring fundraising events provide the necessary resources to purchase prosthetic devices for those in need. Every donation, regardless of size, plays a vital role in transforming lives and enabling individuals to overcome the hurdles of limb loss. The foundation pays prosthetic facilities a discounted rate for each client’s limb, enabling them to go wherever they choose to obtain their prosthetic care. When you donate to LFL, 100 percent of your donation goes to funding a leg.
Gifts to LFL immediately change someone’s life and restore the function that most of us take for granted, like walking, working, and being outside with family and friends. The cure for an amputation has been found: it’s a prosthesis. Join us in changing someone’s life today, and you too can build a LEGacy.
To learn more or to donate, visit limbsforlife.org