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Local organization helps amputees overcome physical challenges and feel empowered

KEZI 9 News spoke with the founder of the nonprofit.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 6:33 AM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 8:11 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore -- A local nonprofit organization is focused on helping people who have lost limbs. Paula Free is the founder of Power On with Limb Loss. 

She started the organization after finding inspiration from her own experience. She was in a motorcycle accident and later had her leg amputated in 2011. The main goal of Power On with Limb Loss to help amputees gain independence and feel inspired. 

"One of the things I think is so important is building a community of amputees that know each other and when they're having a bad day or a little bit of depression, or learning how to walk again they have other amputees they can talk to," said Free.

Through various events and meetings, the organization provides a way for amputees to talk about their trials and tribulations with each other and share their experiences. For example, Joseph, 12, finds encouragement to do the physical activities he loves, "I like to play the drums, listen to music, and do martial arts."

Free leads by example and showed amputees they can overcome their own physical challenges by climbing a rock wall. Power On with Limb Loss is hosting an event called "Discover Your Potential with Limb Loss and Physical Challenges" on Saturday, April 14. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Bob Keefer Center.

To learn more about the event and about Power On with Limb Loss, click here. 

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