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|Hanger Clinic patients thriving with prosthetic technology organize Grand Rapids' first annual 5K to support Limb Loss Awareness Month|
Grand Rapids, Mich., April 30, 2018 – On April 28, Nikki Stoner, her brother-in-law Kyle Thering, and more than 170 other attendees completed a 5K in Grand Rapids to support Limb Loss Awareness Month. Stoner, a Community Care Coordinator for Hanger Clinic, organized the event to help create more local adaptive sports opportunities, which weren't readily available to her after her amputation 23 years ago. For Thering, who had an elective amputation in March 2017, the 5K marked the first time he was able to run since being struck by a car and seriously injured in 2001, at only 13 years old.
Grand Rapids Journalists covered Stoner and Thering's journey, including attending a prosthetic follow-up appointment with their local Hanger Clinic team before the race. Following are some of the resulting news stories:
WZZM-TV (ABC): https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/local/community/100-amputees-expected-for-5k-walk-run-roll-family-education-day/69-544833849
WXMI-TV (FOX): http://fox17online.com/2018/04/23/brother-and-sister-in-law-both-amputees-raising-awareness-ahead-of-race/
Grand Rapids Press: http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/a_5k_race_where_two_good_legs.html
About Hanger Clinic: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a subsidiary of Hanger, Inc., owns and operates approximately 800 patient care clinics nationwide. The certified clinicians of Hanger Clinic provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. For more information on Hanger, visit www.Hanger.com, and for more information on Hanger Clinic, visit www.HangerClinic.com.
Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.