History of Laps for Limbs
D'Youville College's Student Veterans Association is hosting its 7th annual Laps for Limbs event in the D’Youville community, at St. Francis High School (Hamburg, NY). The inaugural event took place on March 25th, 2012, at St. Francis High School in WNY. Since then, over $53,000 has been raised and over 1,600 miles completed 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, funded the Disabled Veterans of America (DAV), and supported the Paralympic Triathlon dreams of an Iraq veteran amputee.
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. 2018 is still in the works!