Greetings from Ecuador!
For the past ten months, I have worked closely with Range of Motion Project (ROMP) in Ecuador and have had the opportunity to see first hand, the profound impact they have on the lives of amputees and their families. As a nonprofit that connects patients to prosthetic care who would not have access otherwise, I am constantly inspired by the ROMP team and the population they serve. This year, I would like to focus my birthday energy to help one patient in specific: Eduardo Cedeña Loor.
I met Eduardo on a trip to the Ecuador’s most northern costal province: Esmeraldas. In a day where I met fifteen patients, Eduardo left a strong impression on me. His energy was joyful and warm. He was consistently smiling. And he was incredibly agile. He lost his limb to a work accident in 2010 but continues to work out in the fields. The assistive devices he uses are a poorly fitting wooden crutch and a wooden cane, both too short for his stature.
In my time in Ecuador, I have been conducting a mobility assessment of lower limb amputees in a Fulbright funded scientific study. In this exam, patients are asked to complete twenty physical tasks that equate to their functional mobility. Eduardo not only received 42/43 points, attributing to the highest functional ability but had the “jump, how high?” mentality. And all with a beaming smile on his face. I would love to see Eduardo with a high level prosthesis, technology that would vastly improve his quality of life.
The fundraiser will start July 14th and culminate once I return to Oregon and participate in the Cascade Relay on August 4th and 5th. I set the goal to raise $3000; 100 for every trip around the sun. With this amount, we can outfit Eduardo with a carbon fiber foot and a polycentric knee, two components he will find crucial to enhance his active lifestyle. Thank you for considering donating to this cause and un abrazo fuerte from the equator.