The Case For Support

Gracie_EmmanuelStanding With Hope is the vision of Gracie Rosenberger.  Following the amputation of both legs in the 1990′s because of serious injuries sustained in a 1983 car accident, Gracie purposed to provide quality prosthetic limbs to her fellow amputees.  She made this commitment only hours after walking for the first time as a double amputee


Growth and Change

With small beginnings that began with an invitation by Ghana’s government to Gracie and Peter Rosenberger, and Gracie’s personal prosthetist, the work began in 2005  in Accra, Ghana (West Africa).  It has grown to include five additional certified prosthetists, two prosthetic students, physical therapy students, and a dozen volunteer team members.

What’s a Leg Worth?   (CLICK HERE)

Collecting used prosthetic limbs from around the country, Standing With Hope launched the world’s only limb recycling program using inmates in a partnership with Corrections Corporation of America.

Mission and Goals

Ministry and Mobility remain the key mission of Standing With Hope.  Treating amputees, training local technicians to maintain a fabrication and support infrastructure are the key components of Standing With Hope’s prosthetic limb outreach.  All of this is done for the opportunity for Standing With Hope personnel to share the message of God’s salvation through the work of Jesus Christ.

Major milestones include:

  • 2012-08-11 15.10.18Standing With Hope team members shifting from the labor force on the field in Africa, to the advisers and mentors for local technicians to treat their own people.
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Standing With Hope and Ghana’s government to formalize the partnership and officially permit Standing With Hope to share its Christian message with all patients treated in the program.

Successes

Year after year, Standing With Hope continues to send teams and ongoing supplies.  With more than 500 limbs made for amputees in Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo, Standing With Hope has not only given the gift of walking, but has established Ghana Health Services’ National Prosthetic Centre as a quality fabrication institute.

Major milestones include:

    • Peter with Simon.  Ghana 2012

      Peter with Simon. Accra Ghana

      Technicians transitioning from making wooden, ill-fitting limbs—to making high quality, high function prosthetic commensurate with US built limbs.

    • Reduced the time needed for making limbs from 3 weeks to less than 48 hours.
    • Web based tracking system for patients
    • Web based interface for prosthetic limb recycling program utilized at the correctional facility.
    • High speed internet video service established in the clinic for real time training and patient evaluation.
    • With an infusion of training, equipment, and ongoing supplies, Standing With Hope is responsible for not only helping patients walk and become productive citizens, students, etc., but also increased employment at the limb center itself through the hiring of additional workers by Ghana Health Services.
    • Technicians from other countries have traveled to Ghana to train with our team members.
    • Numerous national press conferences to all of Ghana/neighboring countries spotlighting the work, and allowing the message of our Christian faith to reach vast audiences.

Please consider a donation today to equip others to continue …Standing With Hope!


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Recycle Prosthetic Limbs

We’ve heard from many families over the years who called to say that a loved one who wore a prosthesis passed away …and they didn’t know what to do with the limb. Often with great emotion, they ask if we would take the device. One woman recently sent of box of limbs that belonged to her husband …who passed away in 1994!

We need your help in sharing this post with as many as possible so that we can connect to those who have used limbs just gathering dust in a closet. We are so honored that spouses, children, and other family members will trust us with a used prosthesis…and we absolutely will take those limbs, recycle all the useable parts, and ship them overseas to help serve another person. Gracie herself has rummaged through the closet to find prosthetic feet or other materials she no longer uses …and we recycle virtually every part! Prosthetic socks, liners, sleeves, and belt systems …we will take it all. If a shoe is on the artificial foot, please don’t forget to include the other shoe!

So DON’T let a used artificial limb go to waste …and just collect dust. We can recycle the limbs not being used …particularly the feet. Now, with our partnership with Corrections Corporation of America, inmates volunteer to disassemble those donated limbs to help recycle all the useable parts. (Watch the short video below and See the Press Release)

Click Here to Learn More About Other Ways to Get Involved!

Mail The Used Limbs to:

Metro Davidson County Detention Facility
Standing With Hope Program
Attn: Mr. Wilson
5115 Harding Place
Nashville, TN 37211

If you would like a receipt of this donation in kind, please include the name of the individual donating the limb with the device (confidentially maintained).  Also, if there is a shoe on the prosthetic leg, please include the other shoe!

“Why yes, Officer …that IS a box of feet in the back seat. Why do ask?”

From a patient’s actual medical chart:

“On the second day the ankle was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.”

Did you know that April 21 is “Limb-Loss Awareness Day?”

Me neither.  No, I really didn’t.

My wife’s been an amputee since 1991, I run a prosthetic limb organization, and I just found this out.   Guess it doesn’t get much press.  Kind of weird to put Limb-Loss Awareness Day in April …because April is National Foot Health Awareness Month.

Do you think that maybe they put “Limb-Loss Awareness Day” towards the end of  “Foot Health Awareness” month …as a slap at people fail to take care of their feet at the beginning of the month?  Hmmmm.

Regardless of both of these events, we’ve had a big week …watch the video and see.  After dropping off some more used prosthetic limbs we received this week, I picked up 48 feet (and other recycled components) disassembled by the inmates we partner with at Corrections Corporation of America.

  • We even had a handful of arms (if you’ll pardon the pun).   

That’s four-dozen people who will walk on custom fit legs using these recycled components.

Now, we need your help to raise the $2,500 to ship not only those components, but the entire pallet I’ve been assembling today.  On it are:
Prosthetic socks
Knee Units
Additional feet we’ve been collecting from prosthetic companies
Pylons
Shoes
Sleeves/Liners
Other prosthetic related materials

 

We also have a large shipment of prosthetic legs and other supplies coming from a prosthetist in Florida (enough to fill the back of a large pickup truck.)

Shipping is a big cost …and you can help by simply clicking on the donate now button.

On National Limb Loss Awareness Day …in the middle of National Foot Health Awareness month,  help us get these wonderful used “healthy” feet to people suffering from limb-loss.

Together, we’re giving the gift that keeps on walking!
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Check out our team heading over in August!

 

Changing Lives …One Leg At A Time

December 31, 2011 by  
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Seven years ago (January 2005), we launched a prosthetic limb outreach in Ghana …on faith with no training, funding, or support.  After becoming a double amputee, Gracie simply felt a calling in her heart from God to reach others missing limbs.

We built a training program, provided supplies …and since then hundreds of people have received the gift of walking …and hundreds of thousands have heard this story and more importantly, the life changing message of God’s salvation!  We started with one local technician in Ghana …and now there are six, and two additional ones have trained from neighboring Togo.

Now, inmates are volunteering for a groundbreaking program to disassemble donated used limbs that we collect from around the country.  We recycle all components possible …and use them in our work in West Africa.

Below is a testimony from our first patient, Jonathan Anu-Kwa.  Sadly, we lost Jonathan to Malaria two years ago …but, for five years,  he WALKED until the day he went to be with the Lord.

We want to reach even more people …and lift even more amputees up on high quality prosthetic limbs.  We invite you to participate by contributing a 100% tax deductible year end gift today.  Watch Jonathan’s story …and consider supporting Standing With Hope.



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Operation “Foot Loose”

Don’t let an artificial leg go to waste …and just collect dust.

We can recycle the limbs not being used …particularly the feet. Now, with our partnership with Corrections Corporation of America, inmates volunteer to disassemble those donated limbs …so that we can recycle all the useable parts.

We are working to get the word out to keep gathering used limbs, and the volunteer inmates, who really love this program, are working faster than expected …and are asking for more limbs.

Here’s a quote from  one of the inmates who wrote me a letter:  Before I was locked up, I never thought about people crippled in their bodies.  Standing With Hope has not only opened my eyes, but opened my heart.” 

(See the Press Release)

 

We’ve heard from many families over the years who called to say that a loved one who wore a prosthesis passed away …and they didn’t know what to do with the limb. Often with great emotion, they ask if we would take the device.

We are so honored that spouses, children, and other family members will trust us with a used prosthesis…and we absolutely will take those limbs, recycle all the useable parts, and ship them overseas to help serve another person. Gracie herself has rummaged through the closet to find prosthetic feet or other materials she no longer uses …and we recycle virtually every part!

Prosthetic socks, liners, sleeves, and belt systems …we will take it all.

Mail The Used Limbs to:

Metro Davidson County Detention Facility
Standing With Hope Program
Attn: Mr. Wilson
5115 Harding Place
Nashville, TN 37211

If you would like a receipt of this donation in kind, please include the name of the individual donating the limb with the device (confidentially maintained).  Also, if there is a shoe on the prosthetic leg, please include the other shoe!

 

So turn that Foot Loose (oh c’mon you know that’s hysterical), and recycle that prosthetic limb in order to help someone else be able to walk.

(Click below to watch a short video showing more!)

 



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Friday, November 18, 1983

We all have significant events that chart us away from our dreams or plans. Far different from “roads diverged in a yellow wood,” these life-altering moments thrust us into the uncharted, unexpected, and unimagined. From blowing out candles on a cake …to a memorial service, it seems hardwired into our psyche to count the milestones placed in some type of sequential order to mark an occasion that forever changed our lives.

For our family, today is one of those times where we pause briefly to reflect on the journey.

On Friday, November 18, 1983, seventeen-year-old Gracie Parker climbed into her car on the campus of Belmont University …and embarked on a journey beyond anything she imagined. At approximately 12:30 PM, (CST), she fell asleep at the wheel, slammed into a cement abutment …and violently and irreparably changed the course of her life.

 

Less than an hour prior to the accident, Gracie scribbled lyrics to a friend’s song she listened to while driving (yes, she knows that was not the best idea). Authorities collected the bloodstained notebook containing those lyrics following the wreck, and it is in my office today. As Gracie continues recording the audio version of her book, I heard her sing that tune for the first time, and so I thought I would include it in this letter …click on picture to enlarge. (You can hear Gracie sing the tune by clicking on the video link below).

Many people are familiar with Gracie’s journey, but yesterday provided another chapter …in the unlikeliest place: a correctional facility. (Not for me! Honestly, did you really just go there?!)

We launched a partnership with Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to start a work project for inmates to disassemble the used prosthetic limbs we receive …so that the components, pylons, feet, adaptors, connectors, etc. can be recycled in Standing With Hope’s prosthetic limb outreach in Ghana.

The program works out of the Wheels for the World shop at the prison. Wheels for the World is the wheelchair ministry of our dear friend Joni Eareckson-Tada. Gracie and I called Joni after leaving the prison to tell her about the day …and you could hear the deep emotion Joni expressed at hearing the news of yet another chapter in HER life. Joni’s comment was eloquent and simple: “Broken people, working with broken people …to reach more broken people.”

Yesterday, I watched Gracie, who is struggling to walk now, take the arms of inmates who helped her from room to room. I saw the tears and laughter in her eyes as she witnessed God weaving more stories into her life …and through her life. You can’t witness such a thing without feeling a profound impact.
Sharing with reporters, I said “What better place to commemorate the anniversary of Gracie’s wreck and how God continues to touch lives through that event …than at a facility full of people who made heartbreaking choices with lifetime consequences?”

 

 

While teaching the inmates how to disassemble the used limbs (they didn’t teach me that in college where I majored in music!), I looked at the men gathered in the room and said, “You are here because of bad choices you made; choices with severe consequences that can’t be changed. But your story is not limited to this place. People will stand and walk because of your work with Standing With Hope …and your story is now connected to their story.”

Nodding with understanding, many of them looked at me with deep emotion on their faces.

 

As Gracie lay trapped and dying in her twisted, burning car nearly three decades ago this afternoon, she cried out, “Jesus, only you can save me now!”

Sometimes, we slam into things that are so painful …and they have us completely trapped. Cut off from all we know, we sit in our own twisted wreck …and despair; often while seemingly looking into the very fires of Hell itself.
It is in that EXACT moment when we cry out, “Jesus, only you can save us!”

Twenty-eight years ago today, Gracie had no idea of the story God purposed to tell through her life. Those inmates are part of that story, YOU are part of that story.
If God does this with incarcerated men and a woman with a broken body, be encouraged to the amazing story He is working in your life today.

Broken people working with broken people to reach broken people …while pointing to the ONE who was broken for us.

Peter Rosenberger

VIDEO/AUDIO CLIP OF GRACIE

How it Started

 

I’m Gracie Rosenberger, and from my own journey of having both legs amputated, I know the lifetime needs of caring for people with limb-loss.  But lifetime …can also translate to “dependent,” and we want the people we treat to stand on their own two feet (literally!)

After giving up both of my legs following my car accident, I knew that God impressed upon my heart to reach others who didn’t have access to prosthetic limbs. As great as our health care system is here in America, there are amputees who can’t afford a limb …and so for a while I served on the board of directors for Oklahoma-based Limbs for Life. (A great organization that helps Americans who can’t afford artificial limbs.)

Wanting to reach even more amputees, my heart was pulled beyond our borders to developing countries …where not only were limbs unaffordable for most, but in many places there aren’t even prosthetic services being offered.  I shared my vision with our friends at Wheels for the World, a ministry started by my dear friend, Joni Eareckson-Tada …and they suggested we start in Ghana.  Gulping (actually Peter nearly had a cow at the thought of taking me to West Africa), we trusted Joni’s team …and more importantly Christ …and we launched our prosthetic limb outreach in Ghana. (You have to read the whole story in my new book …it will make you laugh and rejoice!)

Clearly understanding the lifetime needs of an amputee, we created an infrastructure to care for each patient’s ongoing requirements.  We trained (and continue training) local workers to create custom-fitted carbon fiber sockets for each patient, and then used recycled components, feet, pylons, knees, etc… from used limbs here in the US. (Some materials cannot be recycled and have to be purchased new ...but we reuse every possible component from donated limbs.)

Starting November 2011, inmates incarcerated with Corrections Corporation of America will launch a brand new work program to help us disassemble the donated used limbs …and then we will ship all the components to West Africa to be used to help others walk.
One of America’s most sacred values is independence …and we promote that value by equipping citizens of other countries with the training and resources to build custom prosthetic limbs for their own people.  Contributing to Standing With Hope, you not only help provide a limb …but you also:

  • Create jobs for local prosthetic technicians
  • Make it possible for amputees to return to work.
  • Equip children missing limbs to attend school
  • Enable a parent missing a leg to raise a family
  • And assist people with limb-loss in living an active, independent, and productive lifestyle in cultures where individuals with disabilities are often cast aside.
If you have ever wanted to truly impact another life with measurable results, I invite you to get involved in our ongoing work in Ghana, West Africa (Watch the video … I promise that you, like our patients, will stand and cheer!)
We lift them up, point them to Christ, and watch them go walking and leaping …and praising God.
There are so many ways YOU can participate, truly make a difference …and get a leg up on someone!
    • Recycle a Prosthetic Limb (We take used prosthetic limbs, disassemble them, and re-use the parts …I’ve even done it with some of my own!)
    • Sponsor a Prosthetist (We have amazing team members who give of their time to go with us and train local workers!)
    • Life and Limb Bags(Peter thought this was a clever name for this bag of important items to care for the patient’s limb —and heart.)

Gracie Rosenberger, Founder

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“Pallet-High”

 

For several years, our friend, Bill Clark, has provided us with wooden pallets for shipping supplies.  Bill’s company, ITNOLAP, is located in Murfreesboro, TN.

Bill educated me on what kind of pallet is needed for overseas shipping, and so forth (you know …I’m a music major and they didn’t teach pallet and shipping logistics in college).

Yesterday, Bill showed up with another one…but on this one, Bill used a marker to write: Isaiah 35-5-6 which reads:

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
 and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
 and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
 For waters break forth in the wilderness,
 and streams in the desert;

24 hours later …the pallet is loaded, shrink-wrapped, and ready to ship to Ghana.  (We “piled it high” …get it, PALLET HIGH?  Would you prefer “Bali Ha’i from South Pacific …or is that too obscure?)

(Sigh)

Moving on, the piled high pallet contains: pylons, feet, adapters, connectors, prosthetic socks, liners, and all kinds of other needed items.  This is in addition to the materials we sent last month.

We also have a box of recycled prosthetic legs needing disassembling …that we will soon be taking to the local prison where we will launch the inmate work program partnership with Corrections Corporation of America. (watch the video below).

Starting with Gracie (who continues to rest and deal with her challenges), each link in the chain of help reaching all the way to Africa is comprised of broken bodies and broken lives …all connected to reach other broken bodies and broken lives.  We do this to point to THE ONE who was broken for us.

From something as simple as a pallet …to helping with shipping cost, there are so many ways to equip others to continue Standing With Hope!

 


“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

Gracie_VivianAfter giving up both of my legs following my car accident, I knew that God impressed upon my heart to reach others without access to quality prosthetic limbs. As great as our health care system is here in America, there are amputees who can’t afford a limb …and so for a while I served on the board of directors for Oklahoma-based Limbs for Life.

Wanting to reach even more amputees, my heart was pulled beyond our borders to developing countries …where not only were limbs unaffordable for most, but in many places there aren’t even prosthetic services being offered.  I shared my with our friends at Wheels for the World, a ministry started by my dear friend, Joni Eareckson-Tada …and they suggested we start in Ghana.  Gulping (actually Peter nearly had a cow at the thought of taking me to West Africa), we trusted Joni’s team …and more importantly Christ …and we launched our prosthetic limb outreach in Ghana. (You have to read the whole story in my new book …it will make you laugh and rejoice!)

Clearly understanding the lifetime needs of an amputee, we created an infrastructure to care for each patient’s ongoing requirements.  We trained (and continue training) local workers to create custom-fitted carbon fiber sockets for each patients, and then used recycled components, feet, pylons, knees, etc… from used limbs here in the US. (Some materials cannot be recycled and have to be purchased new …but we reuse every possible component from donated limbs)

Starting November 2011, inmates incarcerated with Corrections Corporation of America will launch a brand new work program to help us disassemble the donated used limbs …and then we will ship all the components to West Africa to be used to help others walk.

One of America’s most sacred values is independence …and we promote that value by equipping citizens of other countries with the training and resources to build custom prosthetic limbs for their own people.  Contributing to Standing With Hope, you not help provide a limb …but you also:

  • Create jobs for local prosthetic technicians
  • Make it possible for amputees to return to work.
  • Equip children missing limbs to attend school
  • Enable a parent missing a leg to raise a family
  • And assist people with limb-loss in living an active, independent, and productive lifestyle in cultures where individuals with disabilities are often cast aside.
If you have ever wanted to truly impact another life with measurable results, I invite you to get involved in our ongoing work to Ghana, West Africa (Watch the video … I promise that you, like our patients, will stand and cheer!)

We lift them up, point them to Christ and watch them go walking and leaping …and praising God.

There are so many ways YOU can participate, truly make a difference …and get a leg up on someone!

Recycling Prosthetic Limbs

Hey!  Don’t throw that leg away …we’ll take it!!!!  (video)


We’ve heard from many families over the years who called to say that a loved one who wore a prosthesis passed away …and they didn’t know what to do with the limb. Often with great emotion, they ask if we would take the device.

We are so honored that spouses, children, and other family members will trust us with a used prosthesis…and we absolutely will take those limbs, recycle all the useable parts, and ship them overseas to help serve another person. Gracie herself has rummaged through the closet to find prosthetic feet, or other materials she no longer uses …and we recycle virtually every part!

Prosthetic socks, liners, sleeves, and belt systems …we will take it all. If a shoe is on the artificial foot, please don’t forget to include the other shoe!

Shipping address:

Metro Davidson County Detention Facility
Standing With Hope Program
Attn: Barton Wilson
5115 Harding Place
Nashville, TN 37211

 

 

 

TEACH a man to make prostheses for his own people – & HUNDREDS will walk.

Clearly understanding the lifetime needs of an amputee, we created an infrastructure to care for each patient’s ongoing requirements.  We trained (and continue training) local workers to create custom-fitted carbon fiber sockets for each patients, and then used recycled components, feet, pylons, knees, etc… from used limbs here in the US. (Some materials cannot be recycled and have to be purchased new …but we reuse every possible component from donated limbs)

Starting November 2011, inmates incarcerated with Corrections Corporation of America will launch a brand new work program to help us disassemble the donated used limbs …and then we will ship all the components to West Africa to be used to help others walk.

One of America’s most sacred values is independence …and we promote that value by equipping citizens of other countries with the training and resources to build custom prosthetic limbs for their own people.  Contributing to Standing With Hope, you not help provide a limb …but you also:

  • Create jobs for local prosthetic technicians
  • Make it possible for amputees to return to work.
  • Equip children missing limbs to attend school
  • Enable a parent missing a leg to raise a family
  • And assist people with limb-loss in living an active, independent, and productive lifestyle in cultures where individuals with disabilities are often cast aside.
If you have ever wanted to truly impact another life with measurable results, I invite you to get involved in our ongoing work to Ghana, West Africa (Watch the video … I promise that you, like our patients, will stand and cheer!)
We lift them up, point them to Christ and watch them go walking and leaping …and praising God.
There are so many ways YOU can participate, truly make a difference …and get a leg up on someone! (Peter thinks saying “Getting a Leg Up on someone” is so funny …I suppose we just have to humor him!)
      • Recycle a Prosthetic Limb (We take used prosthetic limbs, disassemble them, and re-use the parts …I’ve even done it with some of my own!)
      • Sponsor a Prosthetist we have amazing team members who give of their time to go with us and train local workers …click below to sponsor a prosthetist.


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