Advanced Arm Dynamics Joins T Minus Five and AWeSOMe Hosting Amputee Ski Weekend

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Advanced Arm Dynamics and T Minus Five joined together to host the second annual Amputee Ski Weekend in McCall, Idaho.

This is an amazing opportunity for upper extremity amputees to come together and experience the exhilaration of skiing or snowboarding. It is also a unique opportunity for first time participants to have the chance to experience an activity that perhaps they had not tried before

Advanced Arm Dynamics and T Minus Five joined together to host the second annual Amputee Ski Weekend in McCall, Idaho. Skiers were provided adaptive equipment donated by AWeSOMe, Adaptive Wilderness Sports of McCall along with instructors. Skiers and snow boarders arrived from California, Texas, Oregon, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah to participate.

“This is an amazing opportunity for upper extremity amputees to come together and experience the exhilaration of skiing or snowboarding. It is also a unique opportunity for first time participants to have the chance to experience an activity that perhaps they had not tried before,” said John Miguelez, founder and president of Advanced Arm Dynamics.    

The AWeSOMe group at Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho has been working for years to bring recreational opportunities to local residents, mostly youngsters diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy and other medical conditions. The Ski Weekend event attracted teens, adults and retirees with upper and lower limb amputation.

Mary Seibert, founder of T Minus Five organized the event and utilized the efforts of her third grade classroom to create gift bags for all participants. In addition, her husband, Mike Seibert was instrumental in providing tours of the mountain and taking the skiers and snowboarders to various levels of difficulty based on the participant’s interest.

The Seibert family founded T Minus 5 after their son, Tom, lost a hand in a wakeboarding accident as a teen. The name of the group stands for “Tom minus his 5 fingers” and represents Tom’s desire to continue in his pursuit of an active outdoor lifestyle.

“Our hope for the future is to create a broader landscape of activities to attract more participants regardless of their past winter sporting experience,” said Tom Seibert. “This Ski weekend is a blast! And, it gives us all a chance to try something new and to continue to challenge ourselves.”

About Advanced Arm Dynamics
Advanced Arm Dynamics, Inc. (AAD) is the nation’s leading provider of upper extremity rehabilitation services. AAD empowers patients to return to work and lead active lifestyles by working with each patient throughout the fitting and rehabilitation process. The company’s services include state-of-the art technologies and techniques, rehabilitation planning, insurance justification and authorization negotiations, occupational therapy and psychological counseling and a patient-to-patient mentoring program. Advanced Arm Dynamics Centers of Excellence facilities are located in Texas, Iowa and Oregon. For additional information on Advanced Arm Dynamics, please visit our Web site at http://www.armdynamics.com.

About T Minus Five
T Minus Five is an organization started by Mary Seibert to help raise funds for her son Tom who lost his hand in a wake-boarding accident in 2006. The money raised goes to assist with his prosthetics needs so that he is able to stay as active as he always has been. In addition, the group hopes to raise monies for other amputees.
For more information, please visit http://web.mac.com/tminusfive/Site/e.html

About AWeSOMe!

Adaptive Wilderness Sports of McCall (AWeSOMe!) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people of all abilities through high quality outdoor experiences. For more information, visit http://www.awesomeidaho.org/html/our_mission.html

Contacts:
Mindy Gormley
Advanced Arm Dynamics
310-372-3050

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