Took a field trip to get some photos for our client, Mission Gait during one of their teaching sessions. As you may recall from our January 5th post, Mission Gait is a nonprofit organization designed to assist patients after amputation, corrective leg surgeries, adaptive and sports injuries, as well as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cerebral Palsy. It is also their mission to spread extensive education to the physical therapists working with these patients.
Our intention was to return with images that would demonstrate the work done by the members of Mission Gait but what we came back with was so much more. Inspiration. The combined experience and passion of the team involved in Mission Gait is nothing short of astounding. From David Lawrence, the founder of Mission Gait, who has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and was named to the United States Olympic Committee Medical Team for the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996, to Joe Sullivan (from Powell Prosthetics and Orthotics), a certified prosthetist who has competed in volleyball in two Paralympic games, and who is, himself an amputee. But the strength and determination of the patients themselves were what was truly inspiring. These individuals stood in front of Physical Therapy students, and without hesitation or self-consciousness, painted a picture of what their lives are like as amputees, and what they need and expect of their therapists from the moment they make their journey to rehabilitation.
There is no better word to use to describe these individuals than, fierce. But they got this way, in part, due to the experience and determination of individuals like David and Joe. This is what David's mission is all about. Giving Physical Therapists the tools and knowledge they need to help their patients become fierce in the face of adversity.