On April 15th, a day when Americans traditionally “give ’til it hurts,” the patients of Ability Prosthetics, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “gave ’til it helped.”
On April 15, Ability donated, on behalf of its patients, more than a dozen used prosthetic limbs to Physicians for Peace, an international, humanitarian, non-profit, medical education organization dedicated to building peace and international friendships in developing nations. Primarily, Physicians for Peace accomplishes this by addressing unmet medical needs and scarce resources through medical education and training, clinical care, and donated medical supplies.
Ability’s patients donated the limbs, which were collected from Ability’s offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, and Gettysburg, Allentown, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and were handed off to the Physicians for Peace staff at Ability’s Frederick office.
Because of the generosity of the patients, limbs that have graced Patrick Street in Frederick, the Dual Highway in Hagerstown, or walked the battlefields of Gettysburg will now be worn in Kabul, the Dominican Republic, and other locales. The limbs are being collected for Physicians for Peace’s Walking Free program.
“We always say that we have the best clients in the world,” said Rebecca Rogers, who is coordinating the donations for Ability. “This just proves it. We’re delighted to act as the conduit for the donations, and hope to make this a regular event.”