Hanger Orthopedic Group (NYSE: HGR) announced the launch of www.EmpoweringAmputees.org, an online social networking community created specifically for amputees and others affected by limb loss. Designed to serve as the online extension of Hanger’s nationwide peer-to-peer support network called the Amputee Empowerment Partners (AEP), EmpoweringAmputees.org is a free resource for individuals around the world to connect and discuss topics related to the life of amputees.
“We recognize that the way people communicate is rapidly evolving,” Hanger president and chief executive officer Tom Kirk said in a news release. “EmpoweringAmputees.org addresses this evolution and provides a secure environment for valuable discussion among those affected by limb loss.”
EmpoweringAmputees.org community is intended to provide a safe place for amputees, family members, caregivers and medical professionals to share personal stories, educational information, community events, photographs and videos, and to ask questions and start discussions with others affected by limb loss or congenital limb deficiency.
“Every time a connection is made between people who really understand what the other is going through, we become stronger, wiser, more aware and more empowered,” AEP national coordinator Carrie Davis said. “As someone born with a limb deficiency, it’s my opinion that our hands and feet are just bonuses; if they’re lost to an injury, disease, or if they were never there at all, we can rise to the challenge and reinvent ourselves according to who we are — not what we’re missing. EmpoweringAmputees.org provides a place where people can glean inspiration and knowledge from people who really get it.”