McIlhinney Resolution Honors Limb Loss Awareness


HARRISBURG – The Senate passed a resolution today that recognizes the efforts of Pennsylvanians who have been affected by limb loss, according to the resolution’s sponsor Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).

Senate Resolution 346 designates April 2016 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The designation is part of a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the struggles faced by people affected by limb loss.

“Regardless of the cause of their limb loss, amputees are forced to contend with a life-long condition that can turn even the simplest job into a serious chore,” McIlhinney said. “The general public is often unaware of the challenges faced by the amputee community. Raising awareness of these issues is the best way to honor their struggle.”

McIlhinney noted that two members of his staff have family members who have undergone amputations. Brett Waple, son of Senate Law and Justice Committee Executive Director Gail Reinard, had a partial amputation of his foot several years ago, and John Platek, husband of Chief of Staff Heather Cevasco, had his left leg amputated below the knee three years ago.

According to the Amputee Coalition of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who are affected by limb loss, more than 2 million Americans have experienced amputation or were born with limb difference. Each day, more than 500 U.S. residents lose a limb.

McIlhinney offered remarks regarding his resolution during Senate session.

CONTACT: Heather Cevasco (215) 489-5000