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Make the Hanger Clinic Bilateral Above-Knee Bootcamp part of your
New Year's resolutions in 2017. We are making exciting changes this year that will strengthen your daily activity and abilities through this challenging and rewarding 3-day workshop.
Dates: April 5-7, 2017Arrive: April 4thDepart: April 7th (afternoon) or April 8thLocation: Oklahoma City, OK
- Microprocessor knee technology and function
- Specialized activity prosthetics
- Navigating ramps,
stairs, curbs, uneven terrain
- Desensitizing the residual limbs, phantom pain management
- Developing strong support systems and peer-to-peer groups
Empower another person's success by sharing this event with your networks and friends who are ready to take the next step in improving their mobility as a bilateral above-knee prosthetic user. Each year the bootcamp grows, lifelong friends are made, and lives are changed – what better way to jumpstart your year!
Flight InformationPlan to arrive no later than Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 and depart late Friday, April 7, 2017 or on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The nearest airport is Will Rogers World Airport (OKC)
Hotel InformationSpringhill Suites by Marriott3201 W Memorial RdOklahoma City, OK 73134 Book the discounted rate of
$49 per night.Call (405) 749-1595 to make your reservation.
Hotel amenities include complimentary breakfast, a kitchenette in each room, workout facility, and in close proximity to restaurants and shopping.
Transportation InformationTransportation will not be provided from the airport to the hotel. A daily shuttle will be provided from the Springhill Suites to the Hanger Clinic for activities.
My name is Yvonne Llanes, and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I am 48 years old, and have been a double above knee amputee for 11 years. Before my amputations, I was an elementary school principal, and taught for 18 years prior to that. I was a busy mother of 4 and the wife of an active duty Marine. On September 18, 2005, while at an outdoor shopping mall in Yuma, Arizona, I was loading packages into the back of my vehicle.
Unbeknownst to me, a driver high on methanphetamines hit me from behind, pinning me between my vehicle and his, severing my legs upon impact. Once the responders in the area were able to separate the vehicles, I landed on the hot asphalt. Without legs to support me, I fell on my backside and received 2nd degree burns from the asphalt and the radiator fluid which had erupted from the crash.
After being in the hospital and a rehab facility for months, I was finally able to go home. However, I struggled with my limitations for many years, only leaving my wheelchair for transfers and for occasional physical therapy sessions. I had to have several revision surgeries throughout this time, which only left me sinking deeper into a dark hole. I was feeling terrible about myself when my social worker from Hanger Clinic told me about a bootcamp offered through them. I had been a Hanger Clinic patient since 2011, so I told myself I would register for the bootcamp and give it a chance.
After attending Hanger Clinic's bootcamp in Oklahoma City in April of 2015, my life as an amputee changed forever. I decided it was time to make a major mobility change in my life, so I left my wheelchair behind on June 20, 2015 and decided to become a full-time prosthetic user.
After seeing all the fantastic people at bootcamp and becoming inspired by their strength and capabilities, I made it a goal of mine to face my challenges and get up and walk! Nine years and seven months in a wheelchair had been enough! I have also made it a goal of mine to return to bootcamp every year henceforth. I have had so much support from my Hanger Clinic family, my amputee family, and the general community, and in turn am eager to help and support others who may be dealing with their own obstacles and challenges.
Sue was working as a circulation clerk at the Choctaw Public Library…her dream job being that she’s an avid reader and enjoys interacting with people on all things reading related. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Sue went to the movies and dinner with her husband, Jay, and their youngest son, Devin, for a family day. That evening she started feeling ill with fever and chills, a severe sore throat and pain in her neck. Little did we know that our lives would forever change within a few short days.
On August 9th, Sue was rushed to the ICU in septic shock from an undiagnosed bacterial infection. After 3 days in the ICU, her family was advised to say final goodbyes as she was given less than a 5% chance of survival. Sue beat septic shock, but sepsis and the vasopressors used to keep her alive resulted in bilateral below-the-knee and bilateral below-the-elbow amputations.
Sue spent 50 days in the hospital and another 30 days at Jim Thorpe Rehab before heading to the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas. Grueling sessions of physical therapy and occupational therapy multiple times a day facilitated her recovery and on December 10th Sue walked for the first time on her prosthetic legs…less than 3 months after her amputations!
But walking was only the first milestone on Sue’s long and arduous road to recovery. Regaining her independence and her life back was the ultimate goal and Hanger Clinic was instrumental in achieving this. From prosthetic care to attending the Hanger Clinic Boot Camp in 2015, Hanger Clinic has empowered Sue in realizing not only her own goals, but helped instill the confidence to mentor other amputees, including another quadruple amputee due to septic shock.
Sue and Jay have shared their story at hospitals and healthcare systems across the country as they educate others on sepsis, a little known but deadly condition that results in over 258,000 deaths a year!
A typical teenager in Brazil, Pedro studied and participated in sports with his friends. He enjoyed an extensive social life and healthy lifestyle until, suddenly, he began to feel sick on September 11, 2009. No one will forget where they witnessed the tragic events of September 11th, but this day is particularly emotional for Pedro and his loved ones as he was admitted to the hospital to fight for his life.Pedro had contracted a fatal form of meningitis that soared through his bloodstream. With slim chances that he would survive, nearly one hundred of his closest friends and family took turns saying their goodbyes. Miraculously, Pedro left the hospital alive six months and two comas later, but in exchange, had all of his limbs amputated above the elbows and knees.People destined him to a life in the wheelchair, saying that no other amputee in his situation had successfully lived a life on prosthetics. Although frightened by this discouragement, Pedro knew that he did not want to spend the rest of his life with a wheelchair by his side. He sought advice and guidance wherever it was available, determined to live independently. Just ten months after leaving the hospital, the strength he never knew he had emerged and he gave up the wheelchair never to sit in one again.Today, Pedro lives independently in Florida using his prosthetics for mobility and practicality. While attending college, he inspires anyone he comes across, and shows them the strength that exists in us all. Many people today are stressed at work, dissatisfied with their lives, and generally unhappy. Pedro demonstrates to these people that we all have the power to overcome any situation in life.
On September 15, 2001, four days after the tragedy of 9/11, 15-year-old Cameron Clapp experienced his own devastating tragedy – after an evening of underage drinking with his twin brother, Clapp was struck by a train and lost both legs and his right arm in the accident. He was told by members of the medical community that he would never walk again, but Clapp proved them wrong just five months after the accident by walking independently with two prosthetic legs.
Showing that spirit and determination can conquer even the worst odds, Clapp made a remarkable physical and emotional recovery. His perspective changed; he valued life in a way that only someone who brushed death could. Unfortunately, his identical twin brother, Jesse, continued to experiment with drugs. In January 2008, Clapp lost his best friend and twin brother to a drug overdose.
Now at 30-years-old, Clapp travels the country on two microprocessor-controlled legs sharing his incredible survival story with fellow amputees, teenagers, and members of the medical community. Clapp’s message is simple – give your patients hope; life is about overcoming obstacles, setting goals, never giving up, making the right decisions, and not using drugs and alcohol.
Nancy Havlik, LCPO, has been working with bilateral AK’s and their rehabilitation since 2009. Over the past 15 years, she has taken a deeper interest in helping female amputees overcome challenges that females face in regards to anatomy, physical, social and emotional wellbeing, this has grown and extended into the realm of bilateral AK female amputees by helping them resolve and embrace the road that lies ahead of them. Nancy earned her Orthotics Certification at Northwestern University Medical School in 1999 and Prosthetic Certification in 2000. She has been in the Hanger Clinic family since 1996 and developed the pediatric program in Gainesville, GA, and has presented at a variety of leadership and learning classes in her local area. Nancy has been invited to speak on Women in Leadership for Orthotics and Prosthetics at the University of North Georgia, Burneau University, Commerce Club of Gainesville and Ed Fair 2016-17.
Mark Ashford started his career his senior year in high school as a prosthetic technician in 1978 after his sister lost her leg in 1977 because of a motorcycle accident. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree at UT Southwestern Prosthetic and Orthotic school in 1984. He worked nights and weekends in Fort Worth, while working full time during the day at the school to do his residency. Mark received his ABC certification in December of 1985. Mark has been a prosthetic examiner since 1989 and has helped teach the Hanger Clinic ComfortFlex course for over seven years. Mark has participated as an instructor with the Bilateral AK Boot Camp for the past four years and has made a huge impact in the lives of bilateral above-knee amputees.
Meghan Prunty developed an interest for prosthetics while working with an amputee during her undergraduate training to become a physical therapist. She completed her first prosthetics internship in 2009 and has never looked back. Meghan earned her Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University in 2013. After graduating, she joined Hanger Clinic to complete her training and has continued to practice at the Oklahoma City office since that time. Meghan’s training in Oklahoma City has provided her with extensive experience working with bilateral above knee amputees, and she is excited to participate in the Bilateral AK bootcamp event for her third year.
Mike has been part of the Charlotte Medical community for the last 20 years. During that time he has had the pleasure of working with several bilateral amputees. Mike has partnered with Kevin Carroll to tackle several difficult cases and presented at the ACA conference facilitating discussion and networking with his fascinating group of patients. We have a large group of patients in the Carolinas area that range from full time ambulation w/o a wheel chair to Bilateral AKs that have competed on a national and international scale. Mike is honored to be part of the Boot Camp Team! Mike is a proud father of 5 kids and shares his home in Lake Norman NC with his wife Karen and the kids. Karen is also runner, BK amputee, cancer survivor and wonderful mother. With 4 boys and 1 daughter they are always on the go with soccer, swim, boating, and running. Mike Karen and the kids can often be seen at various events and races with the amputee community.