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I don't see anything like that on the main page. Help!

Look at "Our Mission" and watch the ACA Logo change. Keep watching it. :rolleyes:

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Damn thing is too small JV.....Is that Neal dancing with a blonde?

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Okay... I'm hoping I can make this image viewable!

If you want dancing, here are Neal and Marcia taking their bows after a charming fox trot on the streets of Atlanta:

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The blond that Neal is dancing with is our own Skully Cat....

And yes, Marcia and Neal were having a great time on the streets of Atlanta.... Just don't know how they had the power to do that after the meals we had all just had!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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That is Skully dancing with me on the ACA website.

Marcia and I did our little spin before dinner, not after. I think. On second thought, it was after while we were waiting on the limo. I think. Hell I don't remember. That's how we did it anyway. A little alcohol helps you do many things.

Good picture Cheryl.

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How long do you have to wait??

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Thanks for the picture, Cheryl. Could I look any more ridiculous B)

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Amputee Coalition of America Meets in Atlanta - – Kristine Houck, ELS, Managing Editor O&P Buisness News

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) hosted 819 amputees, their family and caregivers at its annual conference and exposition June 15-17 at the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. The meeting provided education, peer support and information on the latest in technology and services for people with limb loss. According to Stephanie Guthrie, development and public awareness associate for the ACA, attendees ranged in age from 8 to 90 years old, with more than 300 people attending for the first time.

The ACA’s educational events focused on emotional support, fitness and healthful living for amputees and those at risk for amputation, including those with diabetes or vascular disease. Al Mead, the keynote speaker for the opening ceremonies, spoke about how he rose above the challenges presented to him after losing his leg as a child. Mead went on to become a Paralympic athlete and world-record holder in the long jump. He is currently an associate pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga., and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He told attendees to focus on the big picture with their lives because what you see is what you get.

“The biggest price you pay is staying the same,” he said. “If you think big, you will grow – it is all in a state of mind.”

Jeffrey Cain, MD, a member of the board of directors for the ACA, Morgan Sheets, the campaign director of the ACA’s Action Plan for People with Limb Loss (APPLL), and Jeremiah Pérez, an advocacy specialist for APPLL, updated attendees on the program’s recent accomplishments and talked about different ways patients can get involved in their states’ parity efforts.

Kelley Campbell, MN, ARNP, Christina Skoki, MD, and Douglas Smith, MD, ACA medical director, provided attendees with helpful information about daily pain management, including the latest treatments and alternative option in pain care.

Steve Mydanick from the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality told attendees what is being done to meet amputees needs in the airline, cruise and hotel industries and where to go to get the best information in travel planning. Robert Gailey, PhD, PT, presented his interactive clinic on mobility education.

The ACA recognized their 2007 award winners at a special lunch on June 16. The 2007 Ernest M. Burgess Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dudley Childress, PhD, director emeritus of the Prosthetics Research Laboratory and Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program and professor emeritus of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and biomedical engineering department at Northwestern University. The award acknowledged his motivation, spirit and dedication to improving the lives of people with limb loss. The award is named after Ernest Martin Burgess, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and former professor who died in 2000. During World War II, Burgess, then an Army surgeon, was inspired to develop better amputation techniques and prosthetic devices. He also established the Prosthetics Research Study in Seattle, in 1964, through funding from the U.S. Veterans Administration. Burgess later dedicated his life to providing mobility to lower limb amputees all over the world by founding the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation.

Anthony T. Barr posthumously received the Professional of the Year Award. This award is given each year to a professional whose work has had a great impact on the health and lifestyle of amputees. Barr, who died in March, was the president of the Barr Foundation. Through his efforts, the Barr Foundation has provided prosthetic care through donated services and prostheses, and has assisted in international humanitarian work. Eva Hughes accepted the award on his behalf.

Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Dennis O’Donnell for his hard work with the parity efforts in New Jersey. William Samuels received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with Out on a Limb – Memphis Area Limb Loss Support. This award is given each year to a person who has given an outstanding contribution of time and talent to the amputee community. Through Samuels’ work, the organization provides information and support to people dealing with the loss of a limb.

Sean Brame received the Role Model of the Year Award. This award is given each year to a person who exemplifies living life to the fullest with a disability. A quadrilateral amputee following an ankle injury, Brame is an active amputee. The 9-year-old is actively involved in Pennsylvania’s parity bill along with the Central Pennsylvania Amputee Support Team. The Shining Star 2007 Award was presented to Marshall Young.

Other special events included the dinner and dance party and the first ACA dance contest. The Achilles Track Club, in partnership with the ACA, hosted the Achilles Hope and Possibility 5K Run/Walk. Members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and other athletes attended.

The ACA will hold their next meeting at the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel, June 19-23, 2008.

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