MISSION & GOALS:
The Limbs for Life Foundation is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.
On average, 507 people lose a limbs each day, joining over 2.1 million amputees living with limb loss in the United States alone. Diseases including diabetes and vascular disease, accidents, birth defects and warfare are the primary causes of limb loss. Almost 60% of limb loss is preventable.
When a person becomes an amputee, they are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes. Fortunately, high tech prosthetic devices that restore a person’s basic skills and independence are available. Unfortunately, many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic care.
That’s where the Limbs for Life Foundation steps in. Our goal is to provide a financial bridge between low-income amputees and the quality prosthetic care needed to restore their lives.
HOW WE DO IT:
Limbs for Life works with prosthetic clinics and skilled clinicians nationwide who donate their time, labor and energy to help those in need. Their willingness to serve and their passion to see people restored to health is invaluable to our organization and to those we serve.
Limbs for Life also accepts gently-used prosthetics and prosthetic components from individuals who no longer need them. With these used, but functional, components we are able to reach hundreds of amputees and provide them with an inexpensive prosthetic option. Every donation made to our organization is used to benefit the life of an amputee.
Limbs for Life gratefully accepts monetary donations from individuals, businesses, and corporations throughout the country. Many organizations host events on behalf of Limbs for Life in their local community. See more at How to Help. Limbs for Life is able to meet the needs of so many people because of these generous donations.
The Limbs for Life Foundation was established in 1995 by prosthetist John A. Sabolich to assist amputees who did not have insurance to cover the cost of prosthetics. Sabolich’s passion for helping amputees was deep-rooted in his family’s history, as his father Lester opened his first prosthetic clinic in Oklahoma City in 1947. Sabolich grew up watching his father give others the gift of movement through prosthetic care. The legacy of the Sabolich family continues to aid amputees across the globe through the Limbs for Life Foundation.
Since its inception, Limbs for Life has provided thousands of new prosthetic limbs to amputees across the United States. Many more amputees are helped with the distribution of thousands of used prosthetic components shared through international partnerships and missions, empowering amputees on four continents.
Kristen Jones Colby, President
Owner, Eventful Marketer
Amy Gallegos, Vice-President
Erik Salazar, Treasurer
Senior Budget Analyst, Federal Aviation Administration
Oklahoma City, OK
Daryl Osmus, Secretary
Financial Consultant, Thrivent Financial
David Johnson, Immediate Past President
Oklahoma City, OK
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Philanthropist & Advocate
Vice President, ColorMark Printing
Xerox Platinum Agency
Owner & Clinical Director, Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research
Oklahoma City, OK
Brinker International, CEO, Retired
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Lucy Fraser focused her professional career on non-profit service. After twenty years with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, she followed her personal passion to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In February 2013, the Limbs for Life Foundation recruited Fraser to lead the agency where she currently serves as Executive Director. Fraser, an Oklahoma native from Enid, lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Steve, a retired high school science teacher. They have two adult children. Her son-in-law is an amputee and a member of the USA Paralympic Volleyball Team.
Shelley Dutton joined the LFL Team in March 2014 with 26 years of nonprofit experience at Muscular Dystrophy Association, Community Health Charities and Christmas Connection. A native of Texas and graduate of West Texas State University, she moved to Oklahoma City in 1984 with MDA and continued her focus in fundraising, public relations, special event management and marketing in the nonprofit sector. She also worked in the private sector during the early development of the Bricktown Entertainment District in OKC. She is married to Dick Dutton, who works with Oklahoma Department of Tourism & Recreation. They have one son in college and one son in high school in Edmond, OK.