LIMB PRESERVATION FOUNDATION’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A Cause for Celebration
35 Years of Creating Hope, Help and Possibilities Honoring: Dr. Ross Wilkins, Tom Tucker, Dr. Steve Withrow, Dr. William Brown, Larry Fine, and Jim Martin September 24, 2021 Mount Vernon Canyon Club 24933 Club House Circle, Golden, Colorado
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Welcome! Dear Friend,
Welcome to A Cause for Celebration, 35 years of creating hope, help and possibilities for people Welcome to A Cause for Celebration, 35 years of creating hope, help and at risk of limb loss. The Limb Preservation Foundation (LPF) is thrilled to celebrate our founder and possibilities for people at risk of limb loss. The Limb Preservation Foundation (LPF) longtime board leaders for the exceptional organization they established to ensure no one facing a isdevastating thrilled to celebrate our founder andtolongtime board leaders for the exceptional limb diagnosis would need face it alone. organization they established to ensure no one facing a devastating limb diagnosis would to face it alone. When need Dr. Ross Wilkins and the late Dr. Tom Arganese founded LPF in 1986, 60 percent of children diagnosed with bone cancer died. The doctors dedicated themselves to providing patients not only
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patients andand families facing limb-threatening conditions. It offers peer support to patients and careg Dr. Wilkins Dr. Arganese, as well as each honoree this evening – Dr. Bill along care bags for patients during treatment. The team of healthcare professionals Early with on in comforting its history, LPF formed a Tom research collaboration with Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Brown, Larry Fine, Jim Martin, Tucker and Dr. Steve Withrow – devoted their Cancer Center as a key partner to the organization’s commitment to ongoing studies into limb- and emotional ne volunteers and staff that make up LPF are experts in helping to meet the medical time, effort and compassion to establishing the LPF in order to best support Rocky condition advances in treatment. Together, their work led to funding of research and ofthreatening patients and families. Mountain risk of limb loss,survival an overlooked and underserved developingRegion protocolspatients that haveat significantly increased rates for pediatric bone cancer patients to more thanToday, 92 percent today. population. LPF funds living expenses, treatment-related travel and lodging Join us as we raise our glasses in celebration of our leaders and their enormous contributions durin for patients and families facing limb-threatening conditions. ItBill offers peer support the 35 years The Limb Preservation Foundation. Thank for joining us inJim celebrating our Dr.first Wilkins and Dr.of Arganese, as well as each honoree this evening – Dr. you Brown, Larry Fine, to patients caregivers along with–comforting bagsand forcompassion patients during Martin, Tomand Tucker and Dr. Steve Withrow devoted their care time, effort to establishing past, present and exciting future! the LPF in The order team to best of support Rocky Mountain Region patients at risk ofand limb staff loss, an overlooked treatment. healthcare professionals, volunteers that make and underserved population. Today, LPF funds living expenses, treatment-related travel and lodging for Melissa Whitmer, Jenna McMullin, Marcythe Rubic up LPF are experts in helping to meet medical and emotional needs of patients patients and families facing limb-threatening conditions. It offers peer support to patients and caregivers and families. along with comforting care bags for patients during treatment. The team of healthcare professionals, volunteers and staff that make up LPF are experts in helping to meet the medical and emotional needs
Join us as we our glasses in celebration of our leaders and their enormous of patients and raise families. contributions during the first 35 years of The Limb Preservation Foundation. Thank Join us as we raise our glasses in celebration of our leaders and their enormous contributions during you celebrating our past, present andyou exciting future! thefor firstjoining 35 yearsus of in The Limb Preservation Foundation. Thank for joining us in celebrating our past, present and exciting future!
Melissa Whitmer, Jenna McMullin, Marcy Rubic Melissa Whitmer, Jenna McMullin, Marcy Rubic
Melissa Whitmer Limb Preservation Foundation President
Melissa Whitmer Limb Preservation Foundation President
Jenna McMullin A Cause for Celebration Chair
Jenna McMullin A Cause for Celebration Chair
Marcy Rubic Limb Preservation Founda Executive Director
Marcy Rubic Limb Preservation Foundation Executive Director
Cheers to our Honorees
Dr. Ross Wilkins, Founder
Dr. William Brown
Dr. Steve Withrow
Special thanks to
Melissa Whitmer, President Dean Elliott, Secretary/Treasurer Rick Allen, Vice President Daniel Lerman, MD, Physician Liaison Maury Brochstein Rob Davidson Nicole Ehrhart, VMD Bill Ferguson Beth Forsyth Kacey Johnson Cindy Kelly, MD Jenna McMullin David Schnur, MD Jon Schutz
William Brown, MD Robert Bruhn Tom Cycyota Larry Fine Kyle Fink, MD Jim Martin Tom Tucker Steve Withrow, DVM
Ross Wilkins, MD 6
Most sincere thanks to our generous
Challenge Grant Donors Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust Maury and Susan Brochstein Patricia and Richard Angelo Ben Binder William J. Bourke Brian Campbell Helene Desmarais and Bill Davis Kevin and Michelle Dempsey William King Sally Lund Thomas and Jean Merrick Greg Rindone and Kendy Cusisk-Rindone Suzi and Bo Stempel Carl and Elizabeth Weller Dick and PJ Wenham Steven Withrow, DVM 7
The Limb Preservation Foundation expresses sincere and heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: Title Sponsor
Ben Binder Bronze Sponsors
The Ruegseggers 8
Thank you to the event committee and LPF staff Event Committee
Jenna McMullin (chair) Nicole Ehrhart Chad Hartmann Anastasia Jones Melissa Whitmer Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson LPF Staff
Marcy Rubic, Executive Director Kahri Nestingen, Marketing and Development Specialist Christine Lentz, Program Manager Eunice Forster, Program Manager Elizabeth Sundet, Data Specialist
Sincere and heartfelt thanks for the generosity of
Harmes C. Fishback Foundation For your long-standing partnership in improving the lives of patients in limb treatment! With much appreciation from
The Brochstein Family Susan & Maury would like to recognize Dr. Ross Wilkins for his life-time dedication and commitment to his patients and to the Limb Preservation Foundation. Wishing you all the best, good health and much happiness as you continue life’s journey. “Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.” - Carl Jung
The Ruegsegger Family
The Ruegseggers congratulate Dr. Ross Wilkins and LPF's long-time leaders for their dedication and commitment to The Limb Preservation Foundation
The Limb Preservation Foundation expresses sincere thanks to
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For people facing limb loss due to trauma, infection or cancer,
we are the providers of the connection for
and the leading-edge research and education that provides
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YOUR DONATION COULD SAVE A LIMB. AND THAT COULD CHANGE A LIFE. Your donation helps us offer hope, support, education, and collaboration as we help patients preserve their limbs using advanced medical care and treatment. While we have been successful in assisting patients locally, we are excited to expand nationally in order to provide the same attention, funding and medical expertise as we have in the Rocky Mountain Region. When facing the loss of a limb, we can help patients gain hope, possibilities, and preservation. Please give today at limbpreservation.org or call 303-429-0688.
The Limb Preservation Foundation provides hope,
Being told you may die or need an amputation is
help and possibilities for people facing limb loss
devastating. We provide patients with the emotional,
due to trauma, tumor or infection. With the help of
financial, and navigational support to get them
physicians, researchers, and passionate healthcare
through the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced.
professionals, the foundation educates and supports
And we connect them with former patients who can
patients and their family members, enhancing and
help guide them through their medical journey.
enriching lives in the process.
PATIENT ASSISTANCE For uninsured or underinsured patients experiencing
one, peer-to-peer support for patients currently
financial hardship, we help to fund critical expenses
undergoing limb treatment due to tumor, trauma, or
infection. The program complements and enhances
medical care by creating the emotional, social, and
practical assistance necessary for managing a limb-
risk situation and moving toward wellness.
• Care-related travel and lodging
Through peer support patients gain: • Empathy from someone who has had a similar condition • Connectedness, inclusiveness, and a safe way to express themselves • Hope for a fulfilling future • Improved overall mental and physical health from a place of positivity and realism Peer support has been proven to have psychological
To learn if you qualify, please contact the hospital social worker where you are receiving limb treatment.
PATIENT CARE PACKAGE We deliver a handmade quilt and care package to send some comfort to patients recovering from limb treatment. Please contact us for more information. The Limb Preservation Foundation is an independent nonprofit serving patients in the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and Idaho
and physical health benefits. Reach out to us today at email@example.com.
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