UVU’s Mobility Mission To Receive International Hero Award From American Red Cross
March 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Utah Valley University’s Mobility Mission will receive the American Red Cross International Hero award for its efforts to provide prosthetics for those in Guatemala and Samoa.
Each year, the American Red Cross formally recognizes members of the community who have shown great courage, compassion and selflessness. This year’s winners will be honored at events in Salt Lake City, Orem, Ogden and St. George. The Orem event will be held this Thursday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the UVU Sorensen Student Center Grande Ballroom.
“Every day, ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in our community. The American Red Cross is honored to salute these unsung heroes,” said Rachael Solomon, development and community relations director for the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Mobility Mission, directed by Julie Baker Bagley, is a UVU student-founded service organization begun in 2010 that provides prosthetic limbs to individuals in need, helping to restore life and limb. Mobility Mission works to meet the needs of those who lack access to reliable prosthetics and funds to purchase them.
UVU students plan and organize humanitarian projects worldwide with the goal of restoring hope of a productive life and much-needed relief. In December 2013, students helped patients in Western Samoa in partnership with the Samoan Ministry of Health and the LDS Church and were able to provide four patients with prostheses in just one week. “The introduction of the prosthetic limb to the people of Samoa was truly a breakthrough. Many of the Samoan people were unaware that prostheses existed and that there was an alternative to their immobile lifestyle,” Baker Bagley said. The past three summers the organization has helped amputees in Guatemala. The group will be there again in June offering assistance.
Of the 30 million people in need of prostheses worldwide, only two percent currently have access to appropriate prosthetic care. Students from UVU travel around the world to manufacture custom prosthetic limbs for individuals in need. Members of Mobility Mission include UVU faculty, staff, students and community members as well as a certified prosthetist and mechanical engineers. They work in-country to mold, build and fit innovative prostheses to each amputee’s specifications. The team also provides training for local health care workers in prosthetic care.
The Heroes Award event will also honor individuals in the following categories: lifetime achievement, community service, educator, family and first responder. For additional information about this event contact Rachel Solomon at 801-373-8589 x2306 or at Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org.