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Hanger Charitable Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Camp No Limits
 


The Reid siblings at Camp No Limits

Austin, Texas – Dec 22, 2015 – The Hanger Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Camp No Limits, a non-profit camp that provides education, mentorship and support to children with limb loss or limb difference. The grant will fund 100 scholarships, which are open to camp participants at any of the organization’s 10 locations in 2016.

Hanger Inc. made its first grant of $100,000 to support the 2014-2015 camp seasons. And since Camp No Limits’ inception in 2004, Hanger employees have participated in the program as volunteers and mentors, as well as providing professional and clinical education for families in attendance.

 "Camp No Limits profoundly and immediately impacts the lives of the children who attend,” said Vinit Asar, President and CEO of Hanger Inc. and Chair of the Hanger Charitable Foundation. “We are so pleased to continue helping children and their families benefit from this truly rewarding experience.”

The Reid siblings — Sarah, Michael, and Emily — were recipients of Hanger-funded scholarships this year.

“Camp No Limits was a fantastic and liberating experience for our entire family,” said Linda Reid, the children’s mother. “Sarah, Michael and Emily, all of whom have limb loss, had the time of their lives. The camp provided a safe setting where they could feel the freedom of not having to explain their limb differences to people unfamiliar with limb loss. It also gave them forums to share their experiences, as well as the support and encouragement to fight their fears and try new things without being judged. They were just able to be themselves and have fun!”

According to Occupational Therapist Mary Leighton, OTR/L, Founder and Executive Director of Camp No Limits, this type of transformation happens almost immediately.

"Within hours of being at camp, we see children — who once hid their residual limbs — comparing prosthetic devices, riding bikes for the first time and enjoying life, uninhibited, as all children should,” Leighton said. “It’s the empowerment and comfort of engaging with someone who is like you and understands you.

“We are thankful for the generous support from the Hanger Charitable Foundation, our first Platinum Sponsor, and honored that the Foundation values our program,” she continued. “These funds significantly impact our ability to further the Camp No Limits’ mission to educate, empower and support young people with limb loss and their families.”

The Camp No Limits board of directors and staff manage the Hanger Foundation scholarship application and selection process. Scholarships, which cover the cost of attendance, lodging, meals and activities, are available to new or returning campers. Additionally, in 2016, teens who want to serve as mentors in the Camp No Limits new “Inspire Program” are also eligible for Hanger-funded scholarships. Details and scholarship applications are available on the Camp No Limits website at www.nolimitsfoundation.org or www.hanger.com/CampNoLimits.

About Camp No Limits
Camp No Limits is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) that hosts ten annual camps nationwide for children with limb loss or limb difference to receive education, mentorship, and support.  Organized by medical professionals and adult amputee role models, Camp No Limits is designed to provide pediatric amputees and their families a fun experience that teaches the children to push beyond their perceived physical, social, and emotional limitations. The Camp No Limits mission is to educate and empower young people with limb loss to discover and develop a healthy, happy and independent lifestyle.  For more information, visit www.nolimitsfoundation.org.

About the Hanger Charitable Foundation
The Hanger Charitable Foundation was founded in 2009 by Hanger, Inc., the nation’s leading patient-care provider and distributor of orthotic, prosthetic, and rehabilitative solutions. Hanger’s heritage of charitable giving dates back to the company’s founding in 1861. For many years, Hanger clinicians and employees consistently and generously donated millions of dollars in free care and financial contributions to a variety of causes, including hardship cases in their own communities.  In 2009, Hanger formalized and increased its philanthropic work by establishing a non-profit organization, the Hanger Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit: www.hanger.com/TheHangerFoundation.

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Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com