Some of the children you see in this episode are Victoria, Tara, Jake, and James. They were just a few of the children I have had the opportunity to work with and watch grow through the experiences the foundation has given them.
Victoria is a beautiful 18-year-old girl setting out on her first year of college who lost her leg above the knee at birth when delivery for her and her twin sister became complicated. For Victoria, creating a cosmetic prosthesis with an adjustable ankle is a main focus for her.
Tara is an eight-year-old little girl full of fire and never ending energy. She was born with a heart defect and due to complications had her leg amputated when she was only months old. Tara is full of life and as an active young girl wants to play in the sand and run in the ocean waves. A swimming leg certainly is helpful.
James, a 13-month-old twin with such kind sweet eyes, only wants his Nemo patterned prosthesis back on so he can chase after his brother.
Jake is a 10-year-old twin who lost both legs above the knee at birth. Jake has courage, determination, and the willingness to try everything. For the first time in 10 years Jake was able to run with custom-made running prosthetics fabricated by Erik Schaffer. If that scene touched your heart this week, you get it.
Another piece of the One Step Ahead foundation is raising funds for prosthetic limbs. Insurance companies are so very different with-in their policy guidelines. Prosthetics sometimes are not seen as a medical necessity, therefore insurance does not always pay for them. Some allow for one per lifetime, some allow based upon medical necessity, some provide one per year, some do not cover prosthetics at all. Erik Schaffer has created a team focused on helping educate and fight for the patients rights and futures. Depending on the type of prosthesis and components they can have, price tags range from $25,000 to $100,000 and beyond.