History of Laps for Limbs
The inaugural Laps for Limbs of Western New York took place on March 25th, 2012 at St. Francis High School in WNY. The event brought in 30 participants and raising $4600 for children and veterans with amputations. To date, the event has donated over $70K to local amputees and participants have completed 2,071 miles in support of local amputees.
Funds raised have sent children with amputations from WNY, and their families, to Camp No Limits in Maine. This camp provides the full summer camp experience with adaptive activities, education, and support. Funds have also provided local amputees with home modifications, recreational opportunities, funded the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV), and supported the Paralympic Triathlon dreams of an Iraq veteran amputee. The organization is currently completing the 501(c)3 process to become a not-for-profit, with focus on national growth, to continue our mission across the country. The event continues to gain support and add unique and meaningful experiences to enrich our community. In 2016, a POW/MIA ceremony honored Captain Sydney Cole, a WWII POW. 2017 featured the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Buffalo's Front Park which was open to the public the entire weekend. 2019 is still in the works!