Nearly 2 million people living in the United States have experienced limb loss, according to the Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for people affected by limb loss.
Over half are a result of vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease). Other causes include trauma and cancer. It is estimated that by 2050, 3.6 million people in the U.S. will be living with limb loss.
Mercy Offers Stark County’s Only Amputee Support Group
The Mercy Amputee Support Group meets at 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the Mercy Cancer Center Library to provide a safe place for amputees and their family member to connect with others who have experienced limb loss. This amputee support group began in 2014. It is one of over 260 support groups nationwide registered with the Amputee Coalition and the only one in Stark County.
- Learn ways to adapt to life’s challenges through education and support
- Discover local opportunities for amputees, such as sport and volunteer programs
- Participate in letter campaigns to legislators regarding medical and prosthetic care
The Mercy Cancer Center Library is located on the ground level of the cancer center. Members are encouraged to park in the Mercy Surgery Center parking deck and use the 12th Street entrance.