REGARDLESS OF ADVERSITY | ONE PROSTHETIC ORTHOTIC SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL PATIENT REACHES HIGH AND DEFIES THE ODDS
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MARLTON, NJ, DECEMBER 5, 2018 – Brandon Holiday, a below-knee amputee and decorated paracanoe team member of the Athletes with Disabilities Canoe Kayak Club has his sight set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Throughout Holiday’s life, he has faced adversity and setbacks due to multiple health issues. However, this has not stopped Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International’s (POSI) patient from forging ahead and accomplishing his goals as a paracanoe sprint 200 M kayaker.
Paracanoe is a canoeing discipline for athletes with impairments which initially began as an initiative by the International Canoe Federation (ICF). This event permits athletes with impairments to compete in the sport. A Paracanoe race involves kayaks and is classified into three classes determined by the athlete’s impairment.
Over the years Holiday has suffered significant health problems including but not limited to ten heart attacks, mini pulmonary emboli, medicine-induced Cushing’s with diabetes, four cardiac stents and antiphospholipid syndrome, a blood clotting condition, which claimed his left leg below the knee in 2006. After his limb amputation, POSI stepped in to support Holiday with his lower limb prosthetic enabling him to gain mobility and the confidence needed to move forward with his life as an amputee. Over the years, with extreme dedication and perseverance, Holiday has won multiple United States National Titles and sixteen medals in both martial arts and paracanoeing.
In August 2018, POSI patient, Holiday, took his team, Athletes with Disabilities Canoe Kayak Club to Oklahoma City where they competed in the American Canoe Associations Sprint National Championships. At this event, Holiday won the National Champion-Gold Medal in the Men’s 500m Paracanoe K1, the Silver Medal in the Men’s 200m Paracanoe K1, and ranked 9th in both the United States Men’s 200m Masters B K1 and the United States Men’s 500m Master B K1.
The road to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics has not been easy, nor will it be, but with POSI’s assistance, Holiday will continue year around training in order to prepare to qualify for Team USA and compete internationally.
Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI) was founded in June 2000, by Kevin Towers, CPO LP and Jim Alaimo, CPO with a philosophy of patient-oriented care. Their approach focused on spending the necessary time with each patient leading to better results and outcomes. They assembled a team of American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) dedicated to serving patient needs.
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When 14-year-old Jade DiSanti suffered an injury on the soccer field, she did not expect to lose a limb. However, complications from surgery lead to the amputation of her leg. With the help of POSI and a prosthetic leg, she has been able to return to the field. She is currently training with hopes of making the soccer, lacrosse, and softball teams next year.
Check out Jade’s April 14, 2015 interview with ABC 6 Action News.
Brandon Holiday, a Maryland police officer, sustained an injury in the line of duty. Our own Kevin Towers properly fitted Brandon with a prosthetic. “Switching from the [provided prosthetisit] to Kevin has made all the difference with just my quality of care, my goals and all my medals I’ve won,” said Holiday in this February interview with ABC 6 Action News.
POSI would like to congratulate amputee athlete Brandon Holiday on his success in the 2014 UCO Endeavor games.
Brandon successfully paddled his kayak into three gold medals, an incredible accomplishment for any athlete, but even more incredible for an amputee athlete. A former police officer, Brandon was injured in the line of duty, exacerbating a Lupus related autoimmune disease that caused severe blood clots. In 2006, Brandon’s left leg was amputated. He was wheelchair bound, wondering if he could ever even walk again, let alone play sports. Now Brandon is well on his way to earning a position and joining fellow amputee athletes in the 2016 US Paralympic team in sprint kayaking.
UCO Endeavor Games
Prosthetic Tune Up
During Brandon’s recent visit to POSI along with his service dog Dyson, Brandon’s prosthesis got a tune up. Below is what Brandon had to share about his experience.
When I first lost my leg, I went to a prosthetic company but after 12 attempts to get the socket to fit my leg, with two weeks between each fitting, and being wheelchair bound during that time, I gave up and came to POSI. It was here that I got the quality of care that I needed to get my mobility back.” – Holiday
Northeast Chapter of Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN)
Brandon is now the Program Director for the Northeast Chapter of Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), a United States Canoe Kayak Club and non-profit organization that promotes a better quality of life for veterans and people with physical disabilities. Through ADN, Brandon mentors other disabled, amputee athletes and helps to train them in rowing, paracanoeing and adaptive sports programs.
None of this would have been possible without the attention to detail and quality of care provided to me by the team at POSI.” – Holiday
Aputee Athlete Interview
Check out his interview on ABC 6 Action News.
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