A Note From The President’s Desk:
I am motivated to be back at work this A.M. after an extended weekend commemorating those that have given their lives so that we can enjoy the wonderful freedoms of this country. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which makes it a Federal crime to discriminate against someone with a disability and possibly more importantly grants those with disabilities opportunities in the way of employment and access. I mention this because this summer I am setting aside triathalons to focus on a challenging physical endeavor involving an active volcano. This is a philanthropic venture that is incredibly close to my heart, as well as my work, as I will be be climbing Mt. Cotopaxi with fellow Orthotic/Prosthetic practitioners and patients. I’ll be training the next 10 weeks on “Mount Sugar Grove,” IL -elevation 699.’
I’m reaching out to each of you as a family member, friend (OK, so there’s not as many as I thought) or close business associate (all that time in meeting rooms is paying off), to consider supporting an organization and event I’m really proud to be associated with.
ROMP is a global for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services.
ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. By supplying prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who do not have access to these services, we aim to return patients to their families and communities as productive, healthy individuals.
About Climbing for ROMP:
Cotopaxi is the third highest active volcano in the world. More specifically, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains located about 31 mi south of Quito, Ecuador, South America. The climb on July 26th commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The sixteen person team of eight amputee and eight able-bodied climbers will depend on advanced technology and specialized training to accomplish this goal.
To raise $5,000 as an individual, which will provide prosthetic’s to more than 10 individuals in need of ROMP services. Because of the generous support of the US Embassy and our other sponsors, any additional funding raised will be used to directly support ROMP’s mission to provide prosthetic care to those without access.
Other ways you can help:
1. Please share this campaign with your network on social media and email.
2. Consider joining or starting your own climb on July 26th. Ask me how! – [email protected]
Pictured below with my guide dog Hunter (note the Ecuadorian handkerchief) so you should have no concerns with the potential impact of altitude on my ability to support the team climb.
Michael H. Oros CPO, FAAOP