Windsor business owner seeks to raise money for Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health |

Windsor business owner seeks to raise money for Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health

James Redmond

When Joe Johnson, CEO of Windsor business Quorum Prosthetics, had his leg amputated at 12 year old, he found solace in Children's Hospital's recreational ski program.

Now, years later, Johnson is working to raise funds for the program, now called Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health, through a benefit golf tournament Sept. 23 at The Falls at Pelican Lakes.

Although the tournament has already filled up, Johnson is still looking for people who can help by sponsoring holes at the event.

Families who want to have a child participate in the program need about $400 a year, Johnson said. For a lot of families, $400 a year may not be obtainable.

"So I (am) trying to ease the burden for those families," he said.

His company makes artificial legs and he has an amputee support group he works with throughout the year. The group does activities like archery, bowling and more, Johnson said.

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About two years ago Johnson and the support group had a golf tournament that everyone enjoyed. This year he wanted to tweak the tournament a little bit and make it a fundraiser to help support the program.

So come Sept. 23 teams will hit the links, each with an amputee on their team, playing to raise money for the program Johnson said helped him so much as a child.

"It's amputees getting together, camaraderie, and raising money," he said. "It (is) important for me to give back to a program that was very influential in my life. It taught me that there are things that you can do and accomplish as an amputee. Skiing really leveled the playing field when it came to competing against able-bodied people."

How to help

For more information or to help out, call Quorum Prosthetics at (970) 686-8823.