History of Laps for Limbs
Laps for Limbs was inspired by a small Buffalo, NY amputee support group that expressed the lack of awareness and support for their needs in 2011. The inaugural Laps for Limbs of Western New York (WNY) took place on March 25th, 2012 at St. Francis High School in Hamburg, NY. Despite the cold and overcast day, 30 participants raised $4600 for children and veterans with amputations. To date, the event has raised over $70,000 and participants have completed 2,265 miles in support of local amputees. The event continues to gain support and add unique and meaningful experiences that enrich our communities. 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. The 2019 event introduced a virtual option, allowing people to participate across the country.
Funds raised have supported veterans and children with limb loss and limb differences, through donations to local organizations that benefit these populations. Donations 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 adaptive recreational opportunities through Higher Ground New York, home modifications through the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV), and supported the Paralympic Triathlon dreams of an Iraq war veteran with a lower extremity amputation.
Laps for Limbs Inc. is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization, focused on growth through strong community relationships and collaboration with other like-minded organizations and individuals. We are looking forward to hosting more events across the country to create more opportunities for individuals with limb loss and differences.
Thank you for your support!