5-Feet On A Good Day

Lifestyle of the Vertically Challenged

A Leg To Stand On

on December 22, 2011

This post is going to be a little different. As a favor to a friend, I’d like to help her promote an amazing nonprofit organization that she’ll be working with soon.

I try to be silly and add humor to my blog and make it entertaining when it comes to issues with my height, but I also understand that my height isn’t a serious problem.

Things could be worse in my life. As far as I’m concerned, I’m pretty blessed.

I’m an overall healthy human being. I have two eyes, two ears, two hands, and of course… two legs.

Although my legs might not be long, they’re still fully functional. Even if they weren’t, I’m lucky enough to have family and health insurance and ways to correct any problems that I could possibly have.

In fact, when I was born, my legs weren’t always so perfect. I was born with clubfoot, meaning my feet turned inwards and I pretty much wasn’t going to be able to walk or maybe even stand if they weren’t corrected.

Not long after I was born, I was fortunate enough to have surgery to fix my feet.

After having to wear casts and go through a bit of rehabilitation when I was little, I have been able to walk and move around pretty well.  I was on a soccer, softball, and swim team in school. I was able to lifeguard for several years and I still continue to put my legs to good use, because I am able to.

For some children in less fortunate situations in several developing countries around the world, they are not able to correct their leg or foot problems so easily.

The nonprofit group, A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), has been trying to change that.

ALTSO raises funds and holds programs to help disabled children around the world. They provide free prosthetic limbs, corrective surgeries, and rehabilitation to kids in need.

The group set up their first program in 2003 in India. Since then, they have been able to grow and they now have 19 programs in 15 countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Haiti.

For more information on what they do…watch this quick video.

If you have two fully functional legs, try to imagine what it might be like if you didn’t. Life wouldn’t be so easy.

Here are just some examples of children who know what that’s like and who are now able to walk again because of ALTSO.

Sowedo, of Kampala, Uganda suffered from clubfoot, just like me. However he had to live with the immobility and pain of this disability for eight years because his family was unable to afford corrective surgery.

With the generous help of those who donated and through the programs that ALTSO offers, Sowedo is able to walk without pain and he even runs along with his classmates.

Good as new!

Kiran of Rajasthan, India was struck by a car in 2008. The bones in his lower left leg were crushed and he underwent an amputation  to save his life.

With the help of ALTSO, four-year old Kiran now has a prosthetic lower leg and he is able to walk very well with continuing rehabilitation.

A Leg To Stand On is doing amazing things. They’re giving hope and a new sense of life to children that may have grown up with permanent disabilities. These children can now grow and live a bit of an easier life now that they are able to have mobility. They are able to attend school and grow up with an education, which they may have been denied because of their handicap.

If you would like to donate to ALTSO or learn about ways to get involved…

Check out their website

ALTSO

“Like” them on Facebook

A Leg To Stand On

Or

Follow them on Twitter

@alegtostandon

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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