About Limbs For Life
The Limbs for Life Foundation is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.
Each year more than 150,000 individuals join a list of over 4 million existing amputees in the US. Disease, trauma accidents, birth defects, motor vehicle accidents, and warfare are the primary causes of the loss of a limb. When a person becomes an amputee, they are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes. Fortunately, high-tech prosthetic devices that restore a person’s basic skills and independence are available. The problem is that many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic care.
That’s where the Limbs for Life Foundation steps in. Our goal is to provide a financial bridge between low-income amputees and the quality prosthetic care needed to restore their lives.
The Limbs for Life Foundation was founded by John Sabolich, an emeritus board member. The Foundation was designed to bring restoration to the lives of amputees who cannot afford costly prosthetic care. By providing financial assistance, these people have the opportunity to return to a productive job and normal lifestyle.
Limbs for Life awards prosthetic care to clients both in the US and developing countries. Prosthetic limbs range from $15,000 to over $100,000 each.
On average each year we assist 175 patients in the United States and approximately 300 overseas.
How We Do It
Limbs for Life changes lives. This is made possible through the cooperative efforts of prosthetic clinics and prosthetists nationwide.
There are many pieces that must come together to create the whole picture of restoration for an amputee. We would not be able to see the amazing change in people’s lives if it weren’t for the network of dedicated prosthetists and physical therapists who donate their time, labor, and energy to help our patients. Their willingness to serve and passion to see people restored to health is invaluable to our organization!
Another piece of the puzzle that makes Limbs for Life such a success are those individuals who donate their used limbs to Limbs for Life. With these used, but functional components, we are able to reach hundreds of amputees in developing countries such as Turkey, Mexico and Africa. Parts are shipped to qualified non-profit organizations that work in these countries and are able to build new limbs, very inexpensively, with the components we provide. Every donation made to our organization is used to benefit the life of an amputee, whether here in the United States or abroad.
Finally, the monetary donations from individuals, businesses, and corporations are the lifeblood of our organization. We simply would not be able to meet the needs of so many people without generous donations to Limbs for Life. Annually, we hold several fundraisers and benefits to raise awareness, as well as dollars.