SASFAA’s 2017 Conference Charity – Amputee Blade Runners
SASFAA will collect donations during the conference to support the Amputee Blade Runners in Tennessee, a 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization. Amputee Blade Runners was founded by two prosthetists, with the idea that giving someone one piece of equipment could change their life. That’s exactly what happened to their co-founder, Ryan Fann, when a local prosthetic company gave Ryan his first running leg after high school. Ryan excelled in sports throughout middle school and high school, but when he was fitted for his first running leg, the world opened up. He went on to run track at Tennessee State University and even earned a GOLD Medal in the Paralympics. This is why Aaron and Ryan founded Amputee Blades Runners in 2011 to make this dream possible for others.
As a non-profit organization, Amputee Blade Runners would like to provide free running prosthetics for amputees that would like to get back into an active lifestyle. Health insurance companies have declared running prosthetics as “not medically necessary” and do not cover their cost. The organization helps amputees keep an active lifestyle by providing this vital equipment free of charge. Their mission is to provide a running prosthesis to one amputee athlete in all 50 states by 2016.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to provide support to Amputee Blade Runners in the following ways: