Catholic Health and Kenmore Resident Team up to Host Amputee Support Group

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May 30, 2011

After suffering his own limb loss and overcoming it, Kenmore resident Kevin Degnan is taking steps to help other amputees in the community.

In collaboration with Catholic Health, Degnan kicks off Moving Forward: Amputee Support Group of Western New York with a peer meeting on Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. at Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Community Room located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.

Moving Forward will meet monthly, featuring various guest speakers and special resources for amputees and their families.

Having recently completed seven months of physical rehabilitation, and accomplishing his personal goal to run a 5K, Degnan wants to use his enthusiasm and determination to help motivate others. “I’m not a medical professional, but I have been through an amputation and know you can get through it,” he said. “Getting motivated again is just as much a mental process as it is a physical one.”

Degnan participated in Catholic Health’s Amputee Rehabilitation Program, which works with amputee patients throughout the course of their treatment and recovery, to provide seamless, high quality care and help them achieve their rehabilitation goals. “Moving Forward extends our efforts by offering patients the opportunity to share information ranging from research and new medications to how to cope with a limb loss,” said Karen Hughes, director of Outpatient Rehabilitation for Catholic Health.

Limb loss affects every generation from young to old and people from all walks of life. Currently, more than more than two million Americans live with limb loss from vascular complications (54%), trauma (45%), and cancer (less than 2%). Degnan’s lower left leg was amputated last September after battling complications from an injury he suffered 25 years ago after being hit by a car while running.

For more information, or to register for the first meeting, please call HealthConnection at 706-2112.

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