There are about one point seven million people throughout the United States that have had an amputation.
Virginia prosthetics and orthotics started a clinic to help amputees get their life back; this time with their golf game.
Today was the last session for these people who are getting their life back and enjoying their life despite any limitation. Golf is helping bring these people together and showing them what they are capable of; with or without, a limb.
Lelia graham had been suffering from a bone disease for half a decade and decided that was enough.
"I could barely walk. I was in and out of casts and on crutches, in moon boots and wheelchairs for about 5 years. Having the elected amputation, as crazy as it sounds, opened a whole new world for me."
She’s now able to swing the golf club, something she'd never even tried before the surgery.
"The reason why we have this golf clinic is to help amputees in the community. have something to work on and get better and live a fuller life,” comments Jeff Henderson, practitioner at Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Jeff Lancaster, now 8 years old, was born with one arm. That never stopped him from playing soccer, football, and now golf.
"I like to like hit it far and high," says Lancaster.
It turns out that training these golfers to swing isn't that much different that someone with other issues.
“All golfers as they get older have limitations whether it's bad backs, new knees, or new hips. So part of my job if I want to continue to grow the game and teach players of all abilities and all levels is I need to understand how these limitations affect the golf swing," states Kandi Comer, instructor at Golf Academy.
Kandi knows that it's not just the golf swing they need to learn.
“The biggest thing is getting them to believe that this is something they can do and it's been amazing the results that they have gotten."
Jeffrey Mason lost his leg from a blood clot, but learned how to live.
"It's a different way of life but you adapt...don't be sad just adapt."
You can find more information at: http://www.virginiaprosthetics.com/