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WEST GOSHEN — Kinetic Prosthetics wants to do more than just provide prosthetics to people.
Mark Nielsen, founder of Kinetic Prosthetics, started the Limb-itless Possibilities event to give people a chance to speak with professionals in the field of prosthetics.
“This is exactly why I opened up,” he said. “I used to work for a larger corporation. Now, I have the freedom to do stuff like this. I want to leave the industry better than I found it. I’m a firm believer in education and have been very fortunate that business is very strong. Part of it, I think, is because our clients are educated. We use this to try and bring different people together to try and get things better for them.”
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The idea behind Limb-itless Opportunities is to provide people affected by the loss of a limb the tools to achieve their full potential.
“We’re trying to provide more opportunities,” Nielsen said. “This type of fundraiser is great.”
During the event, items are auctioned off, such as autographed baseballs and memorabilia. All the money raised goes directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“One hundred percent,” Nielsen said. “I don’t need help with the food or anything like that. It goes to the Wounded Warrior Project and we’re hoping to keep building on that. We’re looking forward to year three.”
The event is only two years old, as well as Kinetic Prosthetics itself.
When Nielsen, a prosthetist, opened the store to offer the latest in prosthetic devices in July 2013, he immediately started the first Limb-itless Opportunities event.
The turnout was, by far, more than he ever expected.
“It’s a good event,” Nielsen said. “I was hoping for at least two. You have to walk before you crawl and that’s why I want to keep doing this and try to get the word out. We had a great turnout and had 40 or 50 people. We’re making it an annual event to try and give back. It’s at no cost for people to attend and there’s a reason for it. I want people to come. It’s a great experience.”
Inside the building, other prosthetic companies come out to display some of the latest technological advances they have to offer.
“We try to use different technologies to get people up and active again,” Nielsen said. “It’s rewarding. It’s why I got into healthcare in general, not even just prosthetics. I like helping people get the tools to put themselves in the best situation. That’s our business model.”