“Being outdoors with other veterans that have been through similar experiences really helps you heal and recover in ways being indoors and around technology can’t,”
For Leland Arledge, serving the public comes naturally. From his years in the military to now, as the founder of a veteran-based non-profit, he continues to spend his time and efforts helping those in need.
However, it wasn’t that long ago that Leland was one of those in need.
“Anyone that knows me knows that I like a good challenge,” she said. “And that’s what this was for me, a challenge. I had a goal – I was going to walk down the aisle and marry Jim.”
Dena Peckham has always proven successful when thrown a challenge — from becoming a nationally known artist, to walking down the aisle a year after amputation, she has never let a bump in the road defeat her.
Dena grew up with two passions: automobiles and art. Dena broke the mold with her career as a sculptor. She skipped the “starving artist” phase and immediately began her successful career with the U.S. military after graduating with a fine arts degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.
The ability of lower limb amputees to succeed actively with a prosthesis has been largely dependent on the intimate fit of their residual limb within the prosthesis socket —especially during walking or running, when it must bear the full weight of the wearer’s body. A recent innovation in the method by which prosthetic sockets are fitted is making a globally-recognized difference in comfort, adhesion, and control that is now available to prosthesis wearers in Arkansas—currently one of only 17 states to have gained access to the new technology
Called ‘a revolution in impression technology for prosthetic sockets’, the Symphonie Aqua System was conceived by Andreas Radspieler, a German orthotic and prosthetic clinician working with patients in his own practice, and developed through Romedis GmbH, based in Neubeuern, Germany.
“You’re going to stumble, you’re going to fall, you just have to roll with it and keep going,”
Dale Donham has had his fair share of stumbles, but there hasn’t been a single one that’s kept him down.
When Dale was 5 months old he was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a disorder that causes tumors to form throughout the nervous system. Most neurofibromatosis patients have mild forms — skin tags and discoloration — but Dale’s case was a little different. By the time he was 6 years old he had been through six surgeries — by this time, Dale knew he would eventually lose his left foot, and had accepted his situation.