Several years ago, Richard accepted his responsibility to help others who suffer severe injuries like his.
Richard belongs to the family of people who had an amputation and never slowed down. It started almost two decades ago when an injury at work led to his amputation. Like many others at that time, Richard did not have today’s advocacy networks and rehab teams to lead him back to his “normal life.” Instead, he picked himself up and began to rebuild and return to his life as the father of two boys and full time employment as a heavy equipment mechanic.
Richard is also a member of a number of other families. Now he is part of the AALOS family. In 2011, he realized his job skills would lent themselves to the prosthetic profession and he came to work at AALOS. Currently, Richard serves as our lab manager. His responsibilities are significant and include overseeing the manufacture of prosthetics for a number of licensed practitioners. He is also responsible for the inventory management that makes the entire process run smoothly.
Richard also belongs to the family of Amputee Peer Counselors. Several years ago, Richard accepted his responsibility to help others who suffer severe injuries like his. Like so many other amputees, he realized the benefit to new amputees to be able to talk to someone who has been through the same trauma of an amputation. He became a Certified Peer Counselor with the Amputee Coalition . He has participated in awareness campaigns for the physically challenged that included the Amputees Across America cross country bicycle ride.
Most recently, Richard has taken time each summer to attend a summer camp for physically challenged children known as
Camp Joy where he is a counselor and participant.