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Hope, Personified

NAME: Hope

Treatment: Bilateral Clubfoot

Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children—Salt Lake City

Hope was born with bilateral clubfoot. When she was 2 weeks old, she started coming to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City for leg-lengthening treatment. Over the years, she had over 20 surgeries, stretching, casting and braces. Although her treatment was successful, the pain in her leg continued. In June 2002, Hope had her 30th surgery, to amputate her leg below the knee. Inspired by a documentary on landmines, Hope founded The Limbs of Hope Foundation in October 2003. The organization collects discarded prosthetic devices in the United States and ships or delivers them to developing countries.

Hope has traveled to Cambodia and Romania delivering prostheses and sports equipment for children in orphanages, and her organization has delivered more than 7,000 prostheses across the globe.

In 2016, Hope shifted her focus to pursue an opportunity to try out for the USA Women’s Para Ice Hockey team. The team went to Norway in 2016 and won the tournament over four other nations. In March 2019, they won the gold medal in the Women’s Para Ice Hockey World Cup.