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 raised $4600 for children and veterans with amputations. To date, the event has raised over $70K and participants have completed 2,071 miles in support of local amputees.
Funds raised have sent children with limb differences 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 veterans 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 recognized as a nonprofit corporation and is currently seeking 501(c) status, 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.
The 2019 event will take place at the Buffalo State College track. Proceeds will help local children and their families attend Camp No Limits, and support the military programs offered by Higher Ground.