HARRISBURG – The Senate approved a resolution today sponsored by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) honoring the struggle of Pennsylvanians who have been affected by limb loss.

Senate Resolution 61 designates April 2015 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The designation is part of a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the struggles faced by peopled affected by limb loss.

“The difficulties faced by amputees are not only physical, but emotional, mental and financial as well,” McIlhinney said. “The general public is often unaware of the challenges faced by the amputee community. Raising awareness of these issues is the best way to honor their struggle.”

“This issue has touched our Senate family on a personal level, as Brett Waple son of my Executive Director Gail Reinard had partial amputation of his foot several years ago and John Platek, husband of my Chief of Staff Heather Cevasco, had his left leg amputated below the knee two years ago this month.” McIlhinney said.

According to Amputee Coalition of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who are affected by limb loss, more than 2 million Americans have experienced amputation or were born with limb difference. Each day, more than 500 U.S. residents lose a limb.

McIlhinney offered remarks during Senate session regarding his resolution. Video of his remarks will be available at www.senatormcilhinney.com.


Heather Cevasco (215) 489-5000