Limb Loss Patient To Climb Ecuador’s 19,000-Foot Mountain, Cotopaxi: Shares Experiences at Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation Webinar

Exciting Breakthroughs in the Future of Limb Loss Care for 2,100,000 Americans,” 3 p.m. (EDT), Apr 27, 2021

Shines a light on the overlooked, underserved population of limb loss patients

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI), a not-for-profit organization that works at the nexus of science, technology and public health, is pleased to announce that as part of Healthcare Thought Leadership & Innovation Month, limb loss patient Ariel Rigney, MPA, a self-proclaimed nonprofit “nerd,” athlete, world traveler and adventure-seeker, joins Bill Oldham, president, TLI, and Dr. Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., PE, director, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, to present the webinar “Exciting Breakthroughs in the Future of Limb Loss Care for 2,100,000 Americans,” 3 p.m. (EDT), Apr 27, 2021. Register here.

“As a passionate advocate for amputee rights and access to care, Ariel invites attendees to ‘climb the mountain with her’ as she shares about training alongside other limb loss patients to raise amputee care awareness by climbing a 19,000-foot mountain in Ecuador,” says Reed Hartley, executive director, TLI. “Ariel inspires us all as she relates her experiences counseling at a summer camp for kids with limb loss, helping prepare new physical and occupational therapists for working with patients, assisting with the research and development of new prosthetic feet in the lab, and mentoring new limb loss patients to the work the Registry will do to help other patients like her across the US.” Ariel now works as a fundraising consultant and digital marketing specialist for nonprofits and mission-driven businesses.

The webinar also explores how innovation based on better data is key to bringing better science to improved outcomes for patients. TLI’s participation in The Limb Loss and Prevention Registry (Registry), the first national registry of people, including adults and children, who have lost limbs, demonstrates how big data can provide better outcomes for 2,100,000 Americans living with limb loss today.

The Registry gathers data of people in the United States living with limb loss and provides insight on their challenges and needs. The project’s goal is to find ways to prevent limb loss, improve limb loss surgery outcomes, refine rehabilitation approaches and provide guidance on the development of devices for people with limb loss.

Kaufman says, “This webinar will give us a first-hand look at how a limb loss patient can reach the peak of her highest potential in every sense of the word. Ariel exemplifies how more individualized care is essential as we move towards personalized medicine, especially for the limb loss patient population, who are so often overlooked.”

For more information or to become a partner, contact the foundation.

About TLI

The Thought Leadership and Innovation Foundation (TLI) is a not-for-profit organization that works at the nexus of science, technology and public health, innovating for superior prevention, treatment and outcomes for those facing life-altering medical diagnoses. TLI helps patients across the country and around the world find better healthcare outcomes. Visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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