LAS VEGAS — Hanger Inc. kicked off its annual Education Fair & National Meeting Feb. 4 at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino with an announcement that it will partner with nonprofit Camp No Limits on the new AMPOWER peer support program.
“We are excited to announce another new element to our relationship with Camp No Limits,” Jennifer Bittner, Hanger vice president of corporate communications, said during the event’s opening ceremonies. “The Amputee Empowerment Partners Program is now called AMPOWER, and it features a new three-tiered approach of peer mentorship, education and community. AMPOWER will provide a trained amputee adult mentor at every Camp No Limits throughout the United States, who will assist peer and parent support in building a strong, empowered community of families who are dedicated to approaching life without limits.”
Last year Hanger donated $100,000 to establish the Hanger Kids Scholarship to Camp No Limits. The fund created 100 scholarships for $1,000 each to send children and their families to the camp.
“Hanger and Camp No Limits have been working together for nearly 10 years,” Bittner said.
Mary Leighton, OTR/L, founder and president of Camp No Limits, asked Hanger employees to spread the word about Camp No Limits and its scholarship opportunities.
“This year we have 60 scholarships to divide out for our camps. Let your patients know … and come be part of it. I think it makes a huge difference as a practitioner whether you are an OT, or a PT or a prosthetist. Coming to camp, seeing your patients in action and seeing how they are using their prosthesis to the fullest and how to be a better practitioner – I think that makes a big difference,” she said. – by Amanda Alexander
Disclosures: Bittner and Leighton report no relevant financial disclosures.