April 29, 2010
Contact: Lisa Watkins
Phone: 800-553-3445 ext. 106
PROSTHETIC PRODUCTS DONATED BY OHIO WILLOW WOOD FOR HAITIAN RELIEF
With a long-standing tradition of philanthropic efforts, Ohio Willow Wood has made several product donations this year to organizations committed to helping amputees in Haiti in wake of the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Physicians for Peace, headquartered in Virginia, received an assortment of prosthetic products including over 800 Alpha® Liners, adult prosthetic feet, pediatric prosthetic feet, prosthetic socks, suspension sleeves, and several suspension locks. These products were donated and delivered directly to Physicians for Peace in February 2010. This was the latest large-scale product donation to the organization from Ohio Willow Wood which has worked with Physicians for Peace since 2002.
Ohio Willow Wood donates Alpha Liners monthly to Limbs for Life, headquartered in Oklahoma. In March of 2010, the company donated six skids of prosthetic liners to Limbs for Life earmarked for relief in Haiti. Limbs for Life is working with the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), to bring much-needed prosthetic aid to Haiti. With an established clinic in neighboring Dominican Republic since 2007, Limbs for Life is well-positioned to aid Haitian amputees.
Ohio Willow Wood also donated prosthetic products to independent prosthetic mission initiatives:
- The company donated pediatric feet and components to the Connecticut Haitian American Organization, Inc. for use in the group’s March 2010 medical mission trip. Paul Macy, CPO, and Dave Motycka, CP, both of New England O&P Systems, volunteered their time for the mission and saw roughly 40 amputees during the six-day trip.
- Most recently, Ohio Willow Wood donated several adult prosthetic feet to Wyoming Haiti Relief and their partner organization Precision Prosthetics & Orthotics. Members of this relief team are journeying to Haiti in April for their second prosthetic mission trip.
Ohio Willow Wood has ongoing philanthropic efforts and a history of responding to large-scale needs following traumatic events with product donations or employee-driven monetary support. Following the 2005 Pakistan earthquake the company donated several hundred pediatric and adult prosthetic feet and components. Employees initiated a company-wide monetary relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami. In addition to these large-scale relief efforts, Ohio Willow Wood regularly assists clinicians on individual pro bono prosthetic patient cases and prosthetic mission trips to developing countries.