Dick Traum – Achilles International Founder and Inspiration

In 1965, Dick Traum, 24, was filling his gas tank at a gas station when the car behind him jumped forward and crushed him between the 2 cars.  As a result of his injuries, his right leg had to be amputated.  In 1976,  Dick found himself out of shape and approaching middle age.  He decided to do something about it – he joined a YMCA and began running, small distances at first and building up to miles.  By the end of the year, he became the first amputee to successfully complete the New York City Marathon.

The experience brought a strong sense of achievement and self-esteem. In 1983,  Dick created the Achilles Track Club, now called Achilles International, to give that same life-changing experience to others with disabilities.

“Somehow, I wasn’t upset. When you lose a leg, there’s no ambiguity. You get an artificial leg and keep going.” (IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders)

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New Year Inspirations

do-all-the-things-you-are-capable-of-sunshine-prosthetics-and-orthoticsIn this last week of 2014, it’s time to reflect on all we did and all we have ahead of us.  At Sunshine, we’ve knocked down walls and are expanding with some great new services to be revealed.  We’ve added our new 3D Scanner – the latest hi-tech equipment to make scanning quicker and hassle-free for fitting prosthetic and orthotic devices.  We’ve also been certified to custom fit the latest prosthetic limbs like the iWalk PowerFoot Bionic Ankle System and the Ottobock Michelangelo myoelectric prosthetic hand.  It’s an exciting time in the development of new strengths and capabilities in artificial limbs!  We’ve also added a brand new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section to our website and welcome any questions from our visitors.
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