THE PROSTHETIC FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES A NEW CEO
Commitment to the Amputee Community is at the Heart of His Calling
The Prosthetic Foundation (TPF) recently announced the appointment of Joe Banda as its first Chief Executive Officer. TPF, a nonprofit organization, has been serving the needs of the amputee community for over five years with its efforts led primarily by its Board of Directors and community volunteers.
“Year after year, we have seen an increase in the demand and interest for our services and it was time to hire someone who could dedicate their time exclusively to ensuring that we are doing all that we can to serve the amputee community,” said Dr. Demetrios Macris, Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Prosthetic Foundation. “Joe brings a unique perspective and the vision to take The Prosthetic Foundation into the future as we continue to grow in the number of people we serve.”
Established in 2015, TPF serves the most vulnerable in the community by providing financial assistance to amputees living at poverty level and who are dependent on community programs with limited or no insurance coverage.
Mr. Banda, a former board member of TPF, first came to hear about the foundation when he found himself in need of its services. “I was in need of a prosthesis and even though I had health insurance I was unable to meet the deductible and initial out of pocket costs and TPF helped me obtain my necessary prosthetic limb,” said Joe Banda, CEO of The Prosthetic Foundation.
A Texas Certified Public Accountant candidate by profession, Mr. Banda co-founded and served as executive director of the Permian Basin Amputee Alliance, a Texas 501c3 nonprofit organization, which like TPF, aims to be a resource to under-served amputees.
“I became a bilateral above-knee amputee at an incredibly young age due to a tragic train accident. Journeying through life as an amputee and overcoming many hardships growing up is what drives me to do the work, I do. I do not want anyone else to feel helpless and alone in their limb-loss troubles” said Mr. Banda. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead The Prosthetic Foundation and remove the financial barriers that prevent limb-loss survivors from regaining their freedom to walk and live full independent lives.”
Losing a limb has a profound impact on every aspect of someone’s life. In the U.S., 500 people lose a limb each day and 185,000 individuals have a lower-extremity amputation each year. In San Antonio, limb loss is of particular concern. Due to diabetes alone, 1,500 amputations occur each year in Bexar County, and at Texas-wide level the statistics are even more concerning.
Most limb-loss survivors are between the ages 45-64. This is the prime age for earning potential. Amputation creates financial strain for the patient, their family, and the community. Additionally, depression, physical pain, and anxiety are common struggles in individuals who have recently lost their mobility to limb-loss. And for those who have not attained a prosthetic device, the sedentary lifestyle from wheelchair use following amputation increases the risk of deteriorating health which contributes to over $130 billion in health costs!
“Loss of a limb is not only devastating, but a life changing event that forces an individual, and their family, to re-think their approach to daily living,” said Dr. Macris. “Our goal is to provide amputees the most basic and essential right, which is the ability to walk again and I have no doubt that with Joe’s passion and leadership we will be able to continue to fulfil our mission.”