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My name is Joel Booth; I became an amputee in 2011 as a result of stepping on an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Those that know me, know that I'm a driven individual both physically and mentally and avoid assistance unless absolutely necessary. I challenge myself daily, fortunate enough to have world-class prosthetic care which allows me to have the highest quality of life where the only limits I have are the ones I put on myself. Having a quality prosthetic allowed me to redeploy back to Afghanistan as a security contractor in 2014. I can not imagine a life without a quality prosthetic and many times I catch myself taking my mobility for granted while thousands of amputees across the globe struggle to maintain healthy, productive lives. This is why the Range of Motion Project is so crucial.
I've been volunteering with the ROMP for a few years now. ROMP assists the most vulnerable amputee populations, and while they support American amputees, ROMP focuses on developing countries in Central America: specifically Ecuador and Guatemala, where citizens with disabilities only constitute as an expense to their nations and prosthetic care was virtually non-existent before ROMP took on the immense burden. ROMP is creating sustainable, organic prosthetic programs in these two countries; employing local nationals for the long-term future. Ecuador, no doubt with ROMP's work, has risen to the challenge and stands out as Latin America's voice for those living with disabilities.
2019 is the 5th annual global Climbing for ROMP event, and this year it's my privilege to have been accepted to join ROMP's Elite Climbing Team in Ecuador. All money raised will go directly to helping ROMP patients get the prosthetic care they need to get mobile again. These donations are transforming lives, increasing the quality of those lives, and enabling individuals to live to their fullest, one prosthetic limb at a time.
The Elite Team consists of both amputee and non-amputee athletes. The team will undertake a 10-day expedition in the Ecuadorian Andes mountains including six days of hiking/climbing, a high altitude acclimation process including two volcanoes (Ruco Pichincha–15’638 ft and Rumiñahui–15’651 ft), and culminating at the summit of Cotopaxi (19,347ft), the second tallest peak in Ecuador. These three peaks total 50,636 ft and will be three summits towards ROMP's goal of 50 summits with our global community in 2019.
*The first $2,500 is dedicated to the patients of ROMP.
*The remaining $1,500 will cover the cost of my trip.
The objective of this expedition is to raise awareness and demonstrate that amputees are not disabled by a missing limb but the lack of a prosthesis and most importantly to help raise funds for ROMP patients in need. I can attest that if amputees have access to the highest degree of prosthetic limbs and amputee care, their world becomes limitless; which enhances mobility and unbars human potential.
Please feel free to check ROMP's NFP details: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=202603927
WE ARE CLIMBING VERTICAL FEET TO PROVIDE PROSTHETIC FEET TO OUR PATIENTS!
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