LIMB LOSS AND LIMB DIFFERENCE AWARENESS MONTH | April
Every Day in the United States, someone loses a limb. Did you know that more than half of amputations are caused by vascular disease? That’s one of the reasons April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month.
According to the Amputee Coalition, 2.1 million people live with limb loss in the United States and more than half of the amputations that occur each year are preventable. Limb loss is a traumatic and life-long condition. It also comes with increased healthcare costs.
However, the observance is about more than statistics. It’s also a celebration of the victories amputees experience. The month is an opportunity to share stories of amputees, their strengths, and their overwhelming ability to overcome obstacles.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LLAM #LLLDAM #WeTHRIVE #NoAmputeeAlone
- Share your experiences as an amputee. You may inspire another to victory.
- Host an event showing support and increasing awareness of limb loss and limb differences.
- Support those with limb loss by improving accessibility.
- Attend an adaptive wellness, fitness, or athletic program.
- Follow the Amputee Coalition on social media.
- Share your favorite resources.
- Be an advocate or offer peer support.
- Write to your Congressional leaders in support of improved healthcare measures.
- Follow the conversation by using #LLAM, #LLLDAM, #WeTHRIVE, and #NoAmputeeAlone.
LIMB LOSS AND LIMB DIFFERENCE AWARENESS MONTH
The Amputee Coalition founded Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month in 2010 giving the limb loss and limb difference community a platform and a voice. Throughout the month and all year long, the organization supports those with limb loss through numerous activities, resources, advocacy, and action.