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Our LFL Board Member John Shelton shares his story. John is a tri-athlete, veteran and amazing volunteer. We are honored by his service on every level.


On September 17, 1985, I was traveling across Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City on my bike and was broadsided on my left by a car. The guy stopped and looked at me briefly, hopped back in the car and starts dragging me, and the bike, down the street. People were hollering for him to stop. A nurse who was on her way to work at Saint Anthony helped me. The damage to my foot would lead to 13 surgeries to try to save it. The 14th surgery was my amputation.


While in the hospital during the surgeries, I was watching the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii on Wide World of Sports. It was a 2.2 miles swim, 112 miles on the bike, and a full 26.2 mile marathon. I called myself a runner at the time, not a triathlete. However, they introduced an amputee during the Iron Man and the tears came. I knew that was something I wanted to do. Seeing him, motivated me to tell the doctor to amputate my lower left leg. The early years after my amputation were difficult with self-doubt, feeling unworthy, and drug addiction. In the early 90’s I tried a couple of triathlons. The first was at the Westside YMCA. I felt like a Pro! On December 27, 1995, I got sober and began running in preparation for my first marathon.


I knew I needed a running blade to complete that task and participate in an Ironman. Once I was able to convince the VA to give me a blade, my life and self-esteem has changed and improved. I consider myself a marathon runner and have run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The route passes the place where I was hit on my bike. The OKC event is very uplifting and always provides such a warm welcome at the finish line. After every finish, it is always amazing to be an amputee and know I have completed that feat. In countless marathons, triathlons, and other runs, I’ve grown to appreciate the invention of the running blade as an adaptive device. Through swimming, biking, and running, I found a new lifestyle. God has guided me and I have listened. I am so fortunate to be a triathlete and a veteran. Being asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Limbs for Life has reinforced how far I have come in my life’s journey after going through so much. This group of people has made me feel welcome, important, and loved. I am so fortunate to be part of this organization.

~John Shelton



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As the past several months have unfolded, I have been amazed at the consistent and generous support of our clinic partners. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced virtually every industry to re-think, and in some cases, re-invent their approach. Limbs for Life has been no exception. However, through these challenging times the support from our clinic partners has not stopped. For that, we can not say thank you enough!


One of the most challenging hurdles we have faced is the shortage in our soft goods supply, specifically liners, socks, and sleeves. These are heavily requested components as you likely already know. If you would like to help us continue our mission, we would gladly accept any unused soft good donations or component donations you can provide. Some of the specific items we are in great need of include:


● Both locking and cushion liners size medium (24cm) to large plus (32cm).

● Socks!!! All lengths and widths, with pin holes or not, we can use them.

● BK Sleeves size 24cm-32cm

● Bulldog locks

● Bulldog pins

● Kiss Lanyard adaptors

● Lamination/grace plates

● Feet: All sizes and categories are welcomed but specifically K3 and K4 medium/high impact feet and well as feet of African-American skin tone.


If you are able to donate any of these items in any quantity we would be incredibly grateful. If you have any questions about any other items you would like to donate or the process of donating, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you once again for your continued support, understanding, and generosity as we continue to navigate these trying times.


- Josh Thornton





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Benson and his prosthetist, Dan Bastian with Progressive O & P in Albertson, NY are pictured. In late 2016 at age 33, Benson lost his leg in a transit train accident. Traversing the mental, physical and emotional trauma of limb loss, Benson met Dan, and began the path back to life and living again.


Benson received his new limb from Limbs for Life earlier this year in partnership with the Progressive Clinic team.


Benson also shares, “As for me, I would like to lend my voice to advocacy for this community of humans and hopefully find ways to help those without limbs to at least


get one – stand in it or raise up their hands and lift their arms again.” His long-range goal is to cross the finish line at the


New York City Marathon one day.

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