June 1, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics will serve as the title sponsor of the upcoming Blue & Gray Reunion to be held
June 2 - 5, 2011
– and several of its amputee patients, including an Army Ranger Veteran who lost his leg while trying to apprehend
, will share their stories and participate in the weekend's events. The iconic weekend commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with special focus on the 150th anniversary of the first amputation of the Civil War, performed on Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics founder
James Edward Hanger
Five short months after becoming the first amputee of the Civil War, Mr. Hanger invented the first articulating prosthetic knee joint. Whittled from barrel staves, the "Hanger Limb" was first worn by Mr. Hanger in
as he descended the steps of his home, to the astonishment of his family who didn't know what he was working on while holed up in his upstairs bedroom. In the same year, Mr. Hanger secured two patents from the Confederate government and was commissioned to develop prosthetic limbs for veteran soldiers. His company, known today as Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, has restored mobility to millions of amputees over the past 150 years.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
following the reenactment of Mr. Hanger's amputation, Hanger patient, above-knee amputee, and Retired Army Ranger Sergeant 42-year-old
will showcase the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System, the world's newest microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee. He will address the audience, speaking to the advancements of prosthetic technology over the past 150 years. Dunham lost his leg above-the-knee as a result of an injury sustained while trying to apprehend
, but is now thriving with microprocessor-controlled prosthetic technology and is able to participate in the activities he enjoys such as golfing, sailing, flying small planes, snow skiing, sky diving and kayaking.
On Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 9am,
employees and patients (including Army Veteran John Redfield, a below-the-knee amputee) will participate, in the Blue & Gray Reunion's 5K Run. Redfield lost his leg in
when he was hit by a van while riding his motorcycle. Just seven months after his accident, he participated in a nearly five mile road race and has been running ever since with advanced prosthetic technology. During Saturday's 5K run, Redfield will use the microprocessor-controlled socket system called the V-Hold, a technology that uses advanced sensors to measure what Redfield is doing, and vacuum suction technology to adjust the amount of suction in the socket to create the ideal fit. The V-Hold technology was developed and commercialized by Hanger's subsidiary Innovative Neurotronics. For more information on the V-Hold, visit
Redfield will also address the audience after the two amputation reenactments on June 4 ( 2:15pm and 9:00pm).
Retired Sergeant 42-year-old
of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment lost his leg to machine gun fire during the invasion of
known as Operation "Just Cause,"
December 20, 1989
. A member of the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Dunham was assigned to a regiment that's mission was to parachute into the Panamanian Defense Force's 6th Infantry Company at Rio Hato, secure the airfield, and apprehend
. During the mission, Dunham and four fellow soldiers were hit by friendly fire; two of the men died, including Dunham's squad leader, and three of the men were severely wounded. Dunham sustained the worst injuries of the survivors. Dunham was airlifted to Willford Hall Medical Center in
San Antonio, Texas
. Over the next three years, Dunham underwent 21 surgeries. Initial attempts were made to save his leg, but ultimately it had to be amputated above-the-knee. During his recovery, Dunham received visits from
George H. W. Bush
, who presented him with his combat jump wings.
Dunham went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies. He held intelligence and security management positions with the Pentagon and a major U.S. corporation. Currently, Dunham is an employee of Hanger where he receives his prosthetic care, and serves as a regional Amputee Empowerment Partners (AEP) coordinator, providing peer-to-peer support visits with people who are about to face an amputation or have recently undergone an amputation.