Limb Loss Awareness Month (LLAM)

The Amputee Coalition has named April as National Limb Loss Awareness Month. By creating events such as Hill Day, securing 42 state proclamations and federal recognition, and celebrating Show Your Mettle day we’ve brought more awareness to the limb loss and limb difference community.

In 2017, building education and awareness is still important – but we also want to celebrate the community as a whole. The stories we hear every day reflect passion for life as well as determination to face challenges large and small. (And a good sense of humor!)

With that in mind we want Limb Loss Awareness Month 2017 to be the most powerful yet. You can participate in many ways, helping to turn up the volume and shining a spotlight on the real life issues and accomplishments of the limb loss and limb difference community.

In 2017, we want to be expand the stories that are told to reflect the breadth of the community we serve. Moms, dads, grandparents, kids. From all across the country and around the world, we want to hear your voice! Stay in touch with us via newsletter and by checking our website and social communities, and explore the following:

  1. View details on Hill Day
  2. Follow and share social media content to spread the LLAM message – download our toolkit!
  3. Daily Action Calendar for 2017 Limb Loss Awareness Month Statistics Citations
  4. Consider reaching out to speak at local civics groups, churches, city business associations and schools to speak about limb loss.
  5. On April 29, #ShowYourMettle.  Share photos (use the hashtag!), order the t shirt, and show your spirit.
  6. Let us know what you are doing!  Email AMPLIFY@amputee-coalition.org
  7. Please let your elected officials know you support declaring April Limb Loss Awareness Month!

If you couldn’t join us in Washington D.C. on April 26, we’ll let you know how to speak up from wherever you are.  Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter, just write “Newsletter” in the question box list to stay up to date on the policy, legislative, and insurance education and tools we are adding to our arsenal!

April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month

Each day, more than 500 Americans lose a limb; the Amputee Coalition is the leading national organization working to ensure that amputees do not go through this journey alone. April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, and the Amputee Coalition has numerous ways for you to get involved.

View and Download our new infographic and spread the word about limb loss!

Walk/Run/Roll

Walk Run RollThe Amputee Coalition is hoping the community will consider holding fundraising events in April to benefit the Amputee Coalition and its mission to empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential. Holding a fundraising event, like a walk/run/roll in your community, is not only a chance to raise limb loss awareness, but an opportunity to give back to the amputee community.

The Amputee Coalition has put together a kit available for download to help get you started that includes easy-to-follow steps to organize your walk/run/roll, a guide to donating and more to help get you started.

This April, be sure to Show Your Mettle in your own way. Limb Loss Awareness Month is all about raising awareness about the limb loss community and empowering people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential. Together, with your help, we can make this April a powerful nationwide movement to raise limb loss awareness!

If you have any questions regarding organizing a fundraiser like a walk/run/roll, or suggestions for other ways to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together we can make a difference!

Daily Action Calendar for 2017 Limb Loss Awareness Month Statistics Citations

Monday April, 3
MacKenzie EJ. Health-Care Costs Associated with Amputation or Reconstruction of a Limb-Threatening Injury. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American)2007;89(8):1685.

Monday, April 10
Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, Travison TG, Brookmeyer R. Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Mar;89(3):422-9.

Thursday, April 13
Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, Travison TG, Brookmeyer R. Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Mar;89(3):422-9.

Monday, April 17
Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, Travison TG, Brookmeyer R. Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Mar;89(3):422-9.

Thursday, April 20
Mckechnie, P. S., and A. John. Anxiety and depression following traumatic limb amputation: a systematic review. Injury; 45.12 (2014): 1859-1866.

Monday, April 24
Hostetler SG. Characteristics of Pediatric Traumatic Amputations Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments: United States, 1990-2002. Pediatrics2005;116(5):e667-e74.Thursday, April 27

Thursday, April 27
Fisher ES, Goodman DC, Chandra A. Disparities in Health and Health Care among Medicare Beneficiaries: A Brief Report of the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation2008.