From Our Chairman of the Board
Supporters of The Prosthetic Foundation,
Many years ago, I personally felt a tug at my heart when I realized that my patients were unable to continue their potential due to the inaccessibility of a prosthetic device. I, with the help of many others including friends and colleagues, came together to lead and operate The Prosthetic Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to bridge the gap between hopelessness and mobility.
As the Chairman of the board of directors, I have seen the difference and impact The Prosthetic Foundation has made as it successfully provides prosthesis financial aid for Texans throughout the state. Although the majority of the recipients and sponsors call San Antonio home, we believe it is time for the organization to grow into a new age where we all work together to give limb-loss survivors their independence and potential back.
Today, we have reached a milestone in our organization. We hired our first full-time Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Although there were multiple candidates interested in this role, none have been as deeply affected by limb-loss as our selected candidate. We believe his passion, experience, story, and business acumen will serve the limb-loss community of San Antonio and Texas well.
I would like to personally welcome and introduce Mr. Joe Banda as the newly elected CEO of The Prosthetic Foundation!
Dr. Demetrios Macris
Chairman of The Board
CEO Incoming Statement
San Antonio and fellow Texans,
Did you know that in the United States, 500 people lose a limb every day? That’s 185,000 amputations annually!
The price for a prosthesis averages up to $30,000.00, the price of a nice car!
If you are fortunate enough to have decent health insurance, you are looking at spending $3,000-5,000.00 for the deductible and maximum out-of-pocket every 3-5 years, the short life of a prosthesis.
If you survive limb-loss, you may not survive the aftermath as the financial stress coupled with reduction of income due to unemployability can send you in a downward spiral to hopelessness.
In 1988, surviving being run over by a train at age 3 left me with a myriad of experiences journeying through life as an amputee. I have suffered many setbacks in life, but one that always stands out in my mind, is to think of the possibility of not having prosthetic legs. To live a life bound to a wheelchair, legless, and unproductive is not to live at all.
Today, with a spirit stronger than ever and with many supporters standing by my side I accepted the mission as Chief Executive Officer to The Prosthetic Foundation offered to me by unanimous vote of the board of directors. The board, our sponsors, beloved volunteers, and I are working relentlessly to take The Prosthetic Foundation beyond the San Antonio city limits and send hope to every limb-loss survivor across Texas. From El Paso to Texarkana, from Brownsville to Amarillo, and everywhere in between. Together, we can bring Texas solidarity and synergy to all corners of our great state and solve this problem of prosthesis inaccessibility as a community and as a people, once and for all.
Join us, as we embark on a new era of life, hope, and pursuit of happiness through prosthesis accessibility!
Joe Banda, CEO
The Prosthetic Foundation
WE ARE GROWING AND HIRING!
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