Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, vice president of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic was recently honored with the National Meningitis Association’s Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award.
The award, received April 27 at the 2015 National Meningitis Association (NMA) “Give Kids a Shot!” Gala in New York City, is for Carroll’s long-term work in the treatment of meningitis survivors.
Source: Hanger Clinic
“We are pleased to honor Kevin Carroll with the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award,” Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), stated in a press release. “After Nancy’s son, Nick, survived meningococcal disease, she was committed to helping individuals and families affected by the disease and became a founder of the National Meningitis Association. Many meningococcal disease survivors, including Nick, are amputees and Kevin’s commitment to giving independence back to people who have amputations reflects Nancy’s dedication to supporting those impacted by this disease.”
Carroll has spent more than 30 years developing prostheses, educating the prosthetic community, and working to improve the lives of amputees with limb loss. He has worked to equip both pediatric and adult meningitis survivors with tools to improve their mobility.
“Nick lost his legs and hands to meningitis and when he was comatose in the hospital recovering, Kevin was there measuring him to fit prostheses. When he awoke, he realized his limbs were gone, but I assured him that Kevin and his team were going to provide him with prostheses to walk again. That was the one thing that reassured him during this difficult time,” Gary Springer, husband of the late Nancy Springer, and NMA Gala Chair, stated in the release.
“I am extremely grateful to be the recipient of the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award – this is such an honor,” Carroll stated. “It is a privilege to work with those who have survived meningococcal disease. Witnessing their strength and determination is an inspiration to me, and one of the most rewarding parts of my job.”