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A Weekend of Celebrations!

To kick-off the annual San Diego Tri Challenge, Össur received the Partner of the Year Award from the Challenged Athletes Foundation® in recognition of the role we play in helping challenged athletes pursue a Life Without Limitations. Össur and CAF share the philosophy that physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Through the 20+ year partnership, CAF has given over a thousand athletes the gift of running and sport by granting Össur’s world-class sports prostheses through CAF’s Access for Athletes grant program. Össur also hosts running and mobility clinics that are presented by CAF each year, reaching hundreds of athletes across the U.S. annually. Össur and CAF are partners in our commitment to a shared mission: to help people with limb loss and limb difference lead healthy, active lives.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 over 100 participants participated in the Össur Running and Mobility Clinic presented by CAF at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, making it the largest amputee Mobility Clinic in the country.

We kicked off the clinic with a surprise grant presentation for Caiden Flamer – an 11yo boy from Ukiah, CA who recently lost his limb to Osteosarcoma. He made the brave decision to amputate so that he can continue to stay active and return to the sports he so loved, like football, basketball and baseball. Össur would like to extend a thanks to Caiden’s prosthetist, Dave Scurti of Hanger Sacramento who helped make the grant possible.

Nicole Ver Kuilen, aka Forrest Stump was one of the guest speakers during the clinic. Nicole ran, biked and swam 1500 miles from Seattle to San Diego to attend her first San Diego Triathlon Challenge last year where she was granted an Össur running prosthesis during the #BestDayInTri. Since then, Nicole has been unstoppable – She was the Inaugural Fellow for the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP) where she spent 10 weeks in Washington D.C. learning about orthotic and prosthetic policy, advocacy, rehabilitation/disability policy and advocacy at both the federal and state levels. Most recently, she and 10 other amputees returned from setting a World Record for climbing Cotopaxi, Ecuador, which has an elevation of 19, 347 feet.

Nicole Ver Kuilen and Bren Huckaby met at the mobility clinic. See more photos from the event here.

Other special guests that participants had the opportunity to learn from included:

Sunday, October 21, 2018 started with the Parade of Athletes, where challenged athletes, legends, and celebrities walk in preparation for the challenge-distance triathlon. At CAF’s 25th annual signature event, 200 athletes with physical challenges and 600 able-bodied athletes participated in the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC). Over 5,000 spectators and volunteers were in attendance, not counting those watching from around the world in Live Stream. View photos from Sunday here.

There are few things more rewarding than knowing that over the years, we and CAF have helped thousands of amputee athletes learn to walk, run, and enjoy greater mobility. We are gratified that together, our organizations have helped thousands of people pursue a Life Without Limitations. We look forward to many more years of continued partnership.” said Olafur Gylfason, Executive Vice President for Össur Americas.

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