The Sixth Annual Amputee Awareness 5K Walk, Wheel or Run fundraising and limb loss awareness event takes place virtually on Saturday, April 24, through Thursday, April 29. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony Saturday at 10 am.

Hosted by Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, a network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in Montgomery County, Maryland, the online event aims to raise funds and spirits for April’s Limb Loss Awareness Month.

In prior years, the 5K took place as an in-person patient, community and supporter event at a local Rockville, Md, high school. However, due to COVID-19, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation’s Foundation and Amputee Program teams decided to move forward with a virtual option instead, a media release explains.   

“Although this year we’ve gone completely virtual, we’ve already had over 400 people register with over $25,000 in donations. Our encouragement for this special community grows every year, as does our hope that this 5k generates a lasting impact on their lives and becomes a legacy event for many years to come.”

— Farhad Ostovari, event co-founder and Therapy Manager for Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation’s amputee outpatient program

Established in 2015

The Amputee Awareness 5K Walk, Wheel or Run was established in April 2015, during Amputee Awareness Month, to publicly acknowledge the challenges people with limb loss face and help provide financial assistance to Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation patients who do not have the means to pay for crucial medical necessities.

Since then, the Amputee 5k has raised over $130,000 in donations that have directly funded patients’ home modifications, agile wheelchairs, prosthetics, and more. 

The event is publicly posted online via RunSignUp, where walkers, wheelers and runners can register, donate, share pictures and videos and log their completion times through April 29, 2021. A special closing awards ceremony is planned exclusively for participants on April 29, the release continues.

Sponsors of the event include Medical Center Orthotics & Prosthetics and Hanger Clinic.  

[Source(s): Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, PR Newswire]

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