This summer I was approached by a global nonprofit, the Range of Motion Project (ROMP), to be an advocate for amputees who do not have access to prosthetic care. ROMP is a non-profit, for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic solutions to those without access to these services in Central and South America.
I organized a DDP yoga demonstration and a showing of their documentary In Extremity about their 1st annual Climbing for ROMP event in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). My event took place on the same day of the 2nd annual Climbing for ROMP event. I helped raised funds for some of ROMP's patients in Guatemala who have been on the waitlist for receiving a prosthetic.
I have an opportunity this fall to travel to Guatemala to visit the ROMP clinic and meet some of the patients I was able to raise funds for. I am excited to work with the in-country staff as well as meet the global staff and help patients in a clinic setting. I will be volunteering my time and diving into fitting, forming, and building prosthetics and any other help they need. I also want to connect with the patients and staff through DDP yoga. There will be some patients coming to the clinic that week for physical therapy, and ROMP has given me the opportunity to introduce DDP yoga.