Fraser local helps ROMP provide prosthetics
The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) will be leading a group of hikers up Byer’s Peak on Sunday, July 31. The ROMP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, which enhances mobility and unlocks human potential.
Lauren Panasewicz, or LP as she is often called, is a Fraser resident and Director of Events for ROMP. She is organizing the hike up Byers. Panasewicz works remotely for the organization. The ROMP mostly performs awareness events and fundraising in the US as many amputees here can access prosthetics through our healthcare system. In many developing countries however this is not the case. The loss of a limb for some people means they cannot work or support their family, and this is where ROMP comes in to help them access prosthetics. The program started in Ecuador when the founders were visiting and realized what a need there was for prosthetics down there. Panasewicz found out about ROMP while traveling in Ecuador when she met the founders through a mutual friend. She now works full time for ROMP and full time for the NSCD.
ROMP uses many recycled prosthetics and refurbished parts in order to provide as many people as possible with help. Panasewicz said ROMP has been able to provide high-tech prosthetics that normally cost up to $50,000 for less than $1,000.
The signature climb for ROMP is to summit Cayambe, a volcano in Ecuador, with an elevation of 18,996 feet. There are also solidarity climbs around the world that benefit ROMP. Last year ROMP held 22 different climbs in 13 different countries. Participants include climbers with prosthetics and those without.
The cost to participate in the hike to Byer’s Peak is $40 per person and all benefits go directly to patients waiting to receive prosthetics. If you are participating in the hike meet at the Byers Peak Trailhead at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 31. The group is trying to be on trail by 9 a.m. so they can reach the summit by noon. Included in the price is a t-shirt, snacks and beer provided by Avery Brewing Company. The U.S. Forest Service has waived all fees for the event in order to help support ROMP. To register or donate to the Byers Peak climb visit https://www.crowdrise.com/byerspeak.
Directions to trailhead: From Fraser, take County Road 73 SW to Forest Road 160 into the Fraser Experimental Forest. Turn right on Forest Road 164 and follow to the trailhead.
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