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April is TN limb loss awareness month

April is TN limb loss awareness month

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:01 pm

Each day 507 people lose a limb, largely to vascular-related diseases, and 60 percent are preventable. Because of these alarming statistics, Tennessee has joined other states throughout the country to declare April as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Amputee Coalition, a Knoxville-based nonprofit,  is sponsoring a nationwide awareness campaign with April as Limb Loss Awareness Month and offering an online risk assessment <http://www.amputee-coalition.org/Limb-Loss-Awareness/index.php/risk>  for limb loss.
 “Limb loss is not uncommon and, sadly, becoming less uncommon every day,” said Patricia Isenberg, Chief Operating Officer of the Amputee Coalition. “More than 2 million Americans live with limb loss and that number grows by 185,000 each year.”
During the month of April across the United States, amputee support groups, veterans, prosthetists, rehabilitation centers and those with limb loss will be participating in a number of activities in their local areas to raise awareness.
As part of Limb Loss Awareness Month, the Amputee Coalition urges people to go to the Limb Loss Awareness Month Web site <http://www.amputee-coalition.org/Limb-Loss-Awareness/> to take the Limb Loss Risk Test. Learn your probability for limb loss by taking this quick and easy online test.
“Many people are unaware of the causes of amputation and often see limb loss in just a few categories: the wounded warrior or the accomplished athlete,” added Isenberg.
The Amputee Coalition is the national nonprofit organization serving more than 2 million people with limb loss and more than 28 million people at risk for amputation. This year, the Amputee Coalition is proudly celebrating 25 years of service.

wcp 4/12/11

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