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Great turnout at the first 2017 Mobility Clinic

Posing with Elias's new running leg.

Chase Brown, Elias’s father and CP, Elias Brown and Össur’s Liz Vanderweerd pose with Elias’s new running leg. Click here to see more photos from the event!

Almost 60 local challenged athletes gathered at UT Arlington Intramural Fields last Saturday to attend this year’s first Össur Running and Mobility Clinic, presented by CAF. These free clinics are intended to help amputees achieve their running and mobility goals–whether that’s learning to walk again or fine-tuning their sprinting skills. Össur clinicians were also available to answer questions about our products and services.

Össur kicked off the event by presenting an Össur Cheetah Knee to 12-year-old Austin resident Elias Brown. Elias was born in Ethiopia with a congenital condition and had his leg amputated after he was adopted by an American family in 2006. Elias calls himself “obsessed” with sports and currently plays basketball and wheelchair basketball. He says, "I have to work harder than most of my teammates, but I enjoy the challenge and the competition of sports keeps me motivated."

You can read more about Elias and his new knee in local news coverage by Fox and CW33.

Eric McElvenny, a retired Marine Captain who became a below-knee amputee during his service in Afghanistan, was also at the clinic. He recently completed the IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.

Doug Garner, the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation/Adapted Sports and Recreation at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Paul Johnson of Southwest Athletic Wheelchair Association (SWAA) were also at the clinic, speaking about local opportunities for challenged athletes.

Össur has partnered with CAF for more than 20 years. Since 1971, the Icelandic company has been dedicated to developing technologies that help people enjoy ‘Life Without Limitations.’ Each year, hundreds of people with limb loss participate in Össur Running and Mobility Clinics presented by CAF across the U.S.

Össur has 6 more clinics scheduled for 2017. Check out the schedule and registration links here!