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OORAH: How One Marine Found New Hope

David lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2004 while on active duty for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. After much trial and error in being fitted for his first socket and foot, David had all but given up on running. His system caused sores, and he couldn’t keep up with his battalion Continue reading…

TOUGH. AS. NAILS.

In May, David, a Marine, completed a grueling GORUCK Challenge, an amazing accomplishment that inspired all of us at WillowWood. What does a GORUCK Challenge entail? See for yourself below, as well as David’s thoughts about the journey. NAME: David “I often ask myself, ‘Am I mentally strong?’”   OBJECTIVE: GORUCK Challenge (based on Special Continue reading…

The Making of a Wounded Warrior

“Why me?” It’s the one of the first questions retired US Army Staff Sergeant Luke Murphy asked after losing his right leg in an IED explosion during his second tour of Iraq in 2006. Another question: Where do I go from here? As Staff Sgt. Murphy moved forward with his life, he applied the “crawl, Continue reading…

All Set for Standing Beach ParaVolleyball

WillowWood’s guest blogger, Chris Seilkop, is a long-time friend of ours.  We’ve been on some amazing journeys with Chris and are delighted to hear about his latest endeavor. As a guest blogger, allow me to introduce myself and share a brief background. My name is Chris Seilkop and I lost my right leg below the Continue reading…

Excellence in Ecuador

WillowWood is fortunate to have a global network of distribution companies to provide sales and support for our products around the world. We love hearing about the great work that they’re doing, and we enjoy sharing it with you. In this month’s blog, we are highlighting some recent activities in Ecuador. Uniting Frontiers Forum The Continue reading…

The Past Cannot be Changed; but the Future Can Get Better

The Power of the Heart and Perseverance Have No Limit in Life This month, our friend Manuel reflects on his journey from his traumatic amputation and depression to triumph. My name is Manuel Peralta and I live in Panama City, Republic of Panama. I want to tell a story that might seem fiction, but let Continue reading…

Of Cookies and Terminator Legs

This month, our friend Judith reflects on her experience as a mom who also happens to be an amputee. I remember quite distinctly when my family doctor answered my question about getting pregnant. I was nineteen years old and recovering from the car accident that caused the amputation of both legs below the knees. I Continue reading…

Amputee Profile: Kevin Johnson

With all of the excitement over the Paralympics this summer, several of our recent blog posts focused on athletes. While their stories are fascinating, we know that there are also plenty of interesting stories out there among the rest of us who aren’t likely to find ourselves on a medal stand. Here is one of Continue reading…

Fueling our Favorite Athletes: Part 4

Stefanie Reid: Protien, carbs, & oatmeal, oh my!  We’ve had such a fun time sharing healthy and tasty recipes and menus from athletes sponsored by WillowWood! We hope you enjoyed reading about foods that help fuel these guys during their training and prior to competitions.   Stefanie Reid is one busy lady! When Stefanie isn’t Continue reading…

Fueling Our Favorite Athletes: Part 3

Brent Kuemmerle: Power-Up the Vegan Way We’re sharing some healthy (and yummy) recipes from athletes sponsored by WillowWood that help fuel them during their training and prior to competitions. Dig in!   When there isn’t snow in Tahoe, you can probably find Brent out rock climbing. But when the snow is flying…you’ll have to look Continue reading…

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