<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2004-07_02\/Fairley-Miki.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\n<i>The O&P EDGE<\/i> is growing! We are delighted to introduce our newest staff member, Meredy Fullen. Many of you already know Meredy through her work with Ohio Willow Wood as a public relations and advertising specialist. Meredy is our new managing editor, and she also will assist in advertising sales--we are sure both editorial contributors and advertisers will enjoy her warm, outgoing personality!\r\n\r\nTonja Randolph, our president and previous managing editor, will be pursuing new projects and goals for our company, Western Media\r\nLLC.\r\n\r\nMeredy is a person of many talents. Among other accomplishments,\r\nshe helped the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) develop the\r\nbio-fit program for children. She has worked with Joe Sapere in\r\ndeveloping a public relations campaign for Amputees Across America\r\nand has been on the last two trips with the amputee riders. She\r\nalso has participated twice on a relay team for the San Diego\r\nTriathlon Challenge, helping to raise funds for the Challenged\r\nAthletes Foundation (CAF). While at Ohio Willow Wood, she was\r\nresponsible for a variety of video projects and served as editor of\r\nOWW's <i>Perpetual Motion<\/i> newsletter.\r\n<table class="clsTableCaption" style="float: right; width: 32.9592%;">\r\n<tbody>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td style="width: 100%;"><img src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2004-07_02\/FullenMeredy.jpg" alt="Meredy Fullen" \/><\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td style="width: 100%;">Meredy Fullen<\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<\/tbody>\r\n<\/table>\r\nMeredy manages to find time in her busy schedule to attend athletic events in which her two sons, Corey, 16, and Caleb, 14, participate; to play in charity golf events; pursue long-distance running; and help her husband, Jeff, with home remodeling and landscaping projects. Welcome aboard, Meredy!\r\n<h2>Seniors Can Soar<\/h2>\r\n<b><i>Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to\r\nfly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying\r\nanyway.\r\n<\/i><\/b>--Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.\r\n\r\nLikewise, many people--perhaps even the amputees themselves--may\r\nfeel that older amputees are more limited in what they can do than\r\nthey really are. However, just like the bumblebee, many older\r\namputees "just do it." For instance, Joe Sapere, who is in his\r\nearly 60s, and Jerry Suggs, in his 70s, bicycled about 3,500 miles\r\nacross the US in 2002, skydiving at intervals along the way, as\r\npart of the three-person team of Amputees Across America.\r\n\r\nRealistically, not every senior amputee is going to be able to\r\naccomplish these feats. But how can healthcare professionals,\r\nincluding prosthetists and orthotists, help older amputees to reach\r\ntheir individual potentials? This helpful subject is explored in\r\nthe article, "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2784">Geriatric Amputees: Enhancing Quality of\r\nLife<\/a>."\r\n<h2>Idealism: Possible in Today's World?<\/h2>\r\nThe answer is "Yes!" In an article that is both inspirational\r\nand practical, a young couple who are involved in the O&P\r\ncommunity, Jon Shinn and Keri Blythe Shinn, CO, discuss "<a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/2785">Maintaining Ideals in the Real World<\/a>" in this\r\nissue.\r\n\r\nEnjoy.