The NetworkASA was a huge success this year, read the full article here
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
Operation Rise and Conquer was featured by The Wholesaler in a recent artcile, “The Road Back.”
“When one hears the word “champion,” the first thing that typically comes to mind is the winner of a competition. But an equally impressive champion is someone who supports, defends or advocates on behalf of others.” Read the whole article here
Operation Rise & Conquer (initiated by the ASA and industry partners APR Supply, First Supply, Hajoca, Oatey, VAMAC, Danze, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures and The Wholesaler Magazine) allows these soldiers to participate in a week long, specially equipped outdoor adventure in Colorado.
The program, guided by Adaptive Sports who provides veterans with special equipment needed to participate in summer or winter activities, is a resourceful and motivating way to help these brave heroes take a break from their hospital rehabilitation environments. Participants are exposed to horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, fishing, whitewater rafting, skiing, ice climbing and many other challenging, yet rewarding activities.
“The goal of Operation Rise & Conquer is to empower and inspire these wounded soldiers and veterans to regain confidence and trust in themselves and others,” according to Michael Werner, President and CEO of Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures. “It’s a powerful way for us to provide a healing opportunity for these men and women who sacrificed so much for us.
The founding partners of Operation Rise & Conquer are proud to have General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal as their Honorary Chairman. “I applaud the plumbing industry’s leadership in helping those who have done so much for America,” he says. “I am delighted to serve as the Honorary Chairman as we recognize the tremendous sacrifices our veterans and soldiers have made for our country.”
Werner is encouraging others in the plumbing industry to participate in Operation Rise & Conquer. The initial group of partners has set the goal of sending 50-70 veterans through the program each year. Sponsoring one veteran is $3,000, which includes all air and ground transportation, housing, meals, activities, programs and equipment.
“Financial support is an important, necessary aspect to the program’s success, however, there are also other ways to get involved,” adds Werner. “Companies who reach certain thresholds of donation have the opportunity to send a volunteer to work along side the professionals – an extremely rewarding and impactful experience.”