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Hear More on Fidèle Story of Adoption, Prosthetics and Hope

Take a look at this video to hear more of Fidèle’s story

YouTube – Sharing Fidèle’s story

and click HERE for a Facebook video of Fidèle singing his beautiful song of praise to God!

(video courtesy of Rebecca Petty)

Many thanks to Bethel Free Will Baptist Church for  inviting Fidèle to share his story with your congregation.

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“Juncture At The Still Point” by Sandra Jung Hall

File Jun 09, 10 06 31 PM“In October of 2013, three-month-old Heidi is diagnosed with the most common fatal disease of  infants, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Juncture at the Still Point is a mother’s true story of grief, spiritual growth and hope in an incredible era of advancements in treatments for genetic diseases.”  (Patchwork Publishing)

 

We are honored to be a part of Heidi’s journey and grateful for her mother’s inspiration to write this book. Thanks to their generosity, we have a free copy to give away!

 

 

This book is available on Amazon.com or you can win a free copy by visiting

our EastPoint Facebook page and liking, commenting on or sharing the post. File Jun 09, 10 06 20 PM

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Exciting New Development in Pediatric Prosthetics

As many of you know, this past year EastPoint became the first clinical partner with LIM Innovations, out of San Francisco, California. In September of 2014, LIM released a revolutionary new socket design, a game-changer in the prosthetic world, the Infinite Socket. The Infinite Socket is the first of its kind to offer a completely customized fit so patients can make their own adjustments as often they choose.

After we found success with several adult patients in this new socket, we strongly urged LIM to continue their developing and release a pediatric version. We are thrilled to announce that they not only honored our request, but they also decided to use one of our sweet kiddos, Miyah as the face behind this new pediatric socket. Miyah loves the LIM Infinite Socket, and her Mom loves the ability to customize the fit on their own, at any time.

Offering this kind of personalized fit for pediatric amputees is a huge step forward for the field of prosthetics. We are so proud of Miyah and her success, and we are thankful to continue being a part of her journey.

Check out additional coverage of her story here: NY Times – Miyah

Miyah

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Limb Loss Awareness Month

April is Limb Loss Awareness month.  The Amputee Coalition is raising awareness specifically on April 25th with Show Your Mettle Day. This is a day that all amputees are encouraged to proudly wear and show their prosthetic devices or wheelchairs (metal) as we recognize the resilience and strength they posses in the face of difficulties and daily challenges (mettle).  For more information click below:

http://www.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/limb-loss-awareness-month/ 

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Christmas Time is Here

It’s that time of year again – Christmas!!! It’s a mixture of hustle bustle, excitement, joy and delicious food! Christmas is also a time many families search for new ways to make special memories.  Our State magazine recently posted two articles with excellent ideas for NC Christmas traditions and unique Farm-to-Table restaurants worth trying.  Enjoy the list and let us know if you tried any of these ideas or places for the first time this year or your thoughts if you have already been to any of them. Merry Christmas!

Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences: https://www.ourstate.com/christmas-events-2014/

6 N.C. Farm-to-Table Restaurants Worth a Visit This Winter: http://www.ourstate.com/farm-to-table-winter/

 

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Touch The Sky

Alex Zanardi, a man of resilience.  He was a former Formula 1 and winner of the American Champ Car series, and now is a double amputee due to a nearly fatal accident.  See more about his inspiring story here in this short clip.

http://vimeo.com/105550166

He also recently completed the Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship – unbelievable!

https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/alex-zanardi-is-now-an-ironman–proving-legs-will-never-beat-heart-164550278.html

 

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Guatemala Prosthetic Clinic

In 2006, God opened a door of opportunity for Brent, from our Raleigh office, to provide a free, weeklong prosthetic clinic at Hospital Shalom in San Benito, Guatemala.  With donated limbs, components and materials, he pieced together 12 prosthetic limbs, which offered new life and opportunities for his first set of patients in this region.  Over the years, a lot of improvements have been made including the development of a fully equipped lab, adding a professional technician to the team (Frank Hodges) and changing over to the use of new (not used) components.   Brent, with the help of many others including Paul Sugg, the owner of EastPoint, has offered seven clinics since 2006 and over 150 patients have been given a new opportunity for an active life.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Even more exciting news is that Hospital Shalom, and specifically the area used for the prosthetic ministry, has expanded.  This year, the hospital acquired an additional nearby compound, which means there are new and larger areas for the prosthetic clinic, including a private patient room, a gait (walking) area, a separate patient check-in/waiting space, an expanded lab for fabrication AND much needed storage space! During the next clinic there are also plans to equip the gait area with stairs, ramps and parallel bars.  They are so excited about these changes and Brent, Frank, their wives and a team of helpers are eagerly awaiting their next trip early this November, 2014.  As patient numbers have increased, they have become aware of even more needs and have organized a variety of fundraising efforts to cover the costs.  If you are interested in partnering with them on this journey, below are several options you can choose from to help.  

Tax-deductible financial donations can be made through www.newcovenantworldmissions.org.  Please select the Hospital Shalom section. As you go through the donation process, be sure to click on the link to “Make A Special Note” and designate the money towards the PROSTHETICS PROGRAM – If you prefer to write a check: Make it payable to New Covenant World Missions (memo – Prosthetics at Hospital Shalom) and mail to: New Covenant World Missions  P.O. Box 35968  Canton, OH 44735

A Flapjack Fundraiser is being held in Raleigh on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 7:00am – 10:00am at Applebee’s (7831 Target Circle Raleigh, NC 27616).  Tickets are $8/per person and must be purchased in ADVANCE.  Please contact Meredith Wright for tickets or more information: (919)610-2364

“A Piece of Our Heart” is a jigsaw puzzle campaign.  They would like to have your help completing a Guatemala jigsaw puzzle.  Each piece is $10 and they will write your name on the back.  Once the puzzle is finished, it will be framed and displayed to remember those who have come alongside to help.  Contact Meredith Wright for donations or more information (919) 610-2364

Financial Donations will be used to cover:

– Spanish coloring books and crayons for pediatric patients and other children such as siblings who visit the clinic.  Each book also shares the message of Jesus’ love.

–  Shoes for patients; Most patients come in with no shoes (in a wheelchair) or with only one very worn out shoe on their non-amputated leg.  We need to provide a set of shoes in order for them to use their new prosthetic leg(s).

–  Travel expenses

–  Purchase of materials such as plastic, plaster of paris, casting tape, etc.

–  Purchase of materials for gait area: stairs, parallel bars, and ramps

–  The purchase of miscellaneous parts and components such as pylons, feet, knees etc.

 

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Video of the week: Richie Parker defies limb loss as Hendrick Motorsports engineer

“How do you get through your day?”

That’s the question posed in this Video of the Week, released by ESPN, as it follows Richie Parker through a regular workday at Hendrick Motorsports.

But to many, Parker’s daily grind doesn’t look so regular — it looks spectacular.

In 1983, Parker was born without arms, a condition known as congenital limb deficiency.

While this could discourage many from pursuing their dreams, it doesn’t prevent Parker from doing anything he sets out to do. This includes working as a vehicle engineer, a job he’s held for eight years, for the most successful organization in NASCAR.

“Every step of the way in life, there have been people that said that I can’t do things,” Parker says. “Said that I couldn’t ride a bicycle. People that said that I couldn’t live on my own. Couldn’t get a good job and support myself or I couldn’t go to college and graduate.

“I don’t listen too much to people when they tell me I can’t do something. There’s not a whole lot that’s going to stand in my way.”

Watch the video below to learn the rest of Parker’s incredible and inspiring story:
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