Would you consider changing a life today? Your tax-deductible donation will provide an artificial limb to those in need, as part of our worldwide “Restoring Mobility Project.”
Donations can be made online or by mailing a check payable to EP Legacy, Inc.
We have so much to share with you!!! Through your donations, our trip in June of this year was a great success! We were able to provide 14 new prostheses, prosthetic supplies, and adjustments to some of our existing patients. As more and more amputees hear of the clinic, we are overwhelmed by the number of amputees in need. When you have a desire to leave no amputee behind, it is difficult to turn them away. We already have a waiting list of 15 amputees with the majority of them being above knee amputees. We have decided to try and serve the area more often. With the aid of a local liaison, Kambou Sansan Denis (Denis), computer scanning and 3D Printing, we believe our ability to change lives will be enhanced.
Now that we have the containers set and established, we have begun to look at how we could service prosthetic patients more often. We would like to be able to provide a prosthesis to some of those in need between the once a year trips that we currently perform. Denis has helped us in the past and is familiar with what we do. Our goal is to provide him with the proper knowledge and technology to assist us. He will be given the proper technology that will enable him to scan an amputee’s residual limb and send the scan directly to us. We can then custom fabricate the prosthesis here in the United States and take them with us on our trips. This technology will also allow us to offer him working knowledge and education to prepare him for these areas. Our hopes are to adequately equip him to adjust or repair a prosthesis as well. We could also use telemedicine practices for the patients there and we hope to eventually place a 3D printer in country.
EP Legacy hopes to travel to Côte d’Ivoire in the coming months to equip Denis and begin training him. With the ability to provide prostheses year-round we find ourselves in need of sustained donors. We are currently raising money for the iPad, structure scanner and the upcoming trip.
Because we already know of so many above knee amputees, our goal will be to provide these prostheses as our next priority. Above knee prostheses cost more due in part to the addition of a knee.
We have two new cases for arm/hand prostheses. One of the amputees is a young lady in Abidjan, Côte d Ivoire. She lost both hands through a violent attack. Her story is very moving and we hope to share it on our website soon in English.
We will be bringing back our “Tree with NO Limbs” fundraiser, so be on the lookout for the possible return of Jingles Stumpy!!
The Team at EP Legacy, Inc.
EP Legacy, Inc. (EPL) was established as a non-profit for the purpose of meeting the needs of amputees throughout the world. EPL was started in December of 2015 with the purpose in mind to help with reaching all amputees throughout the world either in partnership of directly through their mission work. The need for the non-profit was brought to fruition after medical missions were performed by a local provider of orthotic and prosthetic services with services being rendered in Central America including the countries of El Salvador and Guatemala. As of 2018 mission work has been performed in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Ivory Coast and continued partnership with Designed to Live in Latvia.
EPL provides orthotic and prosthetic care with a primary focus on artificial limbs to people who could not other-wise afford this care. Concentration of efforts initially began in Central America but continues to develop in the European and South American market.
EPL is concerned with the patient’s needs and places its focus on the population that would benefit from the services it provides and hopes to make the greatest impact through being able to make individuals independent. To do this helps them be able to provide for themselves and their families by going back to some sort of work, even if modified, that would allow them to utilize their abilities.
A valuable part, due to lack of resources through manpower, is that EPL partners with groups around the world to continue to support other non-profit organizations that cast the net further to reach more lives and touch them in a way more expediently.
Establish prosthetic and orthotic care for all people of the world by delivering cost-effective solutions to their mobility needs.
The vision of the organization is to serve the needs of the general public by undertaking activities to (1) establish a pathway for making artificial limbs and orthotic devices (2) establish the structure in the country that the mission is promoted through local means as much as possible (3) to teach local people the concepts and techniques used to produce these items (4) to develop pathways for the ordering of materials or the use of current items within the region to obtain successful outcomes for the patients in the geographical area of location (5) to continue with support in the welcoming countries as long as possible with trips scheduled as needed at least on a yearly basis to provide support and teaching for the local people and to help with any fit issues that may be necessary for trained professionals to promote the proper fitting of these individuals (6) establish a pathway for educational opportunities to promote the facilitation of trained individuals to become treating practitioners in the countries in which they reside or establish relations with other non-profit entities that share the same common purpose for the fulfillment of this mission.
EP Legacy, Inc. purposes to create orthoses and prostheses for needy people around the world. This may be at home or abroad. We would like to see, fulfilled in our company, people benefit from prosthetic and orthotic management. We would like to teach the people to be able to provide these services for themselves and the members of their community around the world. We accept donations: monetary and also medical items (prosthetic, orthotic or DME items). These items may be new or used.
EPL obtains funding through outside donations. Donations for artificial limbs may be made monetary or through the donation of used parts that may be cleaned and re-used in other countries that allow for the re-use of used products. Ex. United States is governed by the FDA and is not allowed to “re-use” products on patients. Other countries that are allowed to utilize these type components will be able to benefit from the donations of these items where applicable. The idea is to promote the use of new or nearly new-like products on patients. The thought here is that all people, regardless of class, social status or income deserve to have a new prosthesis that they can depend on and will be new when received. Any new component that is donated is routed to the use in the fabrication of a prosthesis that is specifically designed for the individual being treated.
EPL provides donors with a tax deductible form that they can take to their CPA to have a donation amount determined for the items that they donate when they are filing taxes.
Statistics: Every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world.
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