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