May 2011 Gettysburg, Pa (Corporate)- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. has recently announced a donation to the Julie Malloy Hearts to Hands Fund (heartstohands.wordpress.com). Julie Malloy is a York county young lady who has a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in the loss of her 10 fingers.
The fund was established in August 2010 by friend and coordinator, Alesa Joseph, who has already raised over $20,000 through various auctions, car washes, dances and craft sales. “Julie just wants to look normal, feel better about herself while enhancing the quality of her life,” states Joseph, “I was hearing about the oil spill and the economy and thought ‘Oh, there are so many things you can’t do anything about, but this is something we can do.”
Julie recently met with Sarah Wooden, Certified Prosthetist, at the Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics York office to hatch a plan for obtaining the prosthetic fingers. Ability has fit many such patients with prosthetic fingers, hands and legs. It was at that point that Wooden initiated a thorough evaluation of Julie’s hands and insurance coverage. “It is what we do at Ability. It is not enough to just tell her we can do the fingers…that is the easy part,” explains Wooden, “We look to have a dialogue of education with the payer source, the case worker, her physicians, therapists.” In addition, Ability donated to the Hearts to Hands fund, in an effort to raise some awareness in the process.
The most recent event to benefit Julie will be an auction, which is being held at the Thomasville Fire Hall on Sunday, May 15, 2011. The event begins at noon with lunch to raise funds to help Julie purchase prosthetic fingers. Tickets are $15. The auction and an Elvis impersonator will follow.
About Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. was founded in 2004 in Gettysburg, Pa with a mission to provide patients with the most advanced and innovative prosthetic and orthotic care and devices available in a streamlined, efficient, patient-centered model of care. Ability was recently profiled in the February & October 2006 issues of Fortune Small Business, March 2007, September 2008 and March 2010 issues of O&P Edge, March 2010 edition of Rehab Management, March 2009 issue of Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation and most recently on the Fox Business News and the National Science Foundation’s Whisker Robots. Ability operates nine patient care centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeast. Visit www.AbilityPO.com to find out more about how an orthotic brace or artificial limb can enhance your quality of life.