About Us

F.A.S.T. Board

 

Lisa Strong, President, W Central Broward
Lisa is a quad amputee. Joined F.A.S.T. two years ago. She is a single mother of 2 with a background in social services.

Bill Moses, Vice President, SW Broward
Bill is a R,AK; right leg above the knee amputee. To be with this fabulous group gives one the inspiration to do more. As VP and member of F.A.S.T. for 5 years, they inspire me whenever we meet.

Mike Woodward, Treasurer, NE Broward
Mike is a bi-lateral BK; amputee of both legs below the knee. He is a husband, father of an eleven-year-old and accepting of his challenges.

Diane West, Secretary, Central Broward
Diane is a R,BK; right leg below the knee amputee. She is a native Floridian who along with her husband are the parents of two beautiful parakeets.

Joanne Little, Board Member, Central Broward
Joanne is a bi-lateral BK; amputee of both legs below the knee. While facing my second amputation, the members of F.A.S.T. were there to support me all the way as they continue to do so now. I don’t know where I would be without them.

Toni Hammer, Board Member, South Palm Beach County
Toni is a R,BK; right leg below the knee amputee. I have been a member of F.A.S.T. since 2006. Being a Board Member is very rewarding. I enjoy planning and participating in our events and activities.

Ed Powers, Board Member, NE Broward
Ed is an able-bodied Board Member. After working on Wall Street for 46 years and after recovering from 4 years of depression, I founded the Don’t Dismiss Depression Foundation - http://dontdismissdepressionfoundationinc.org/

Peer Visitation


Peer visitation is offered to people who are facing limb loss or who have recently had an amputation. The Florida Amputee Support Team has Certified Peer Visitors who have adjusted well to their loss and are celebrating a full life. No one is in a better position to understand how to live life with limb loss than someone who has been there. They can offer encouragement and information that allow the new amputee to absorb new facts about what life as a person with limb loss entails.

F.A.S.T.’s Certified Peer Visitors have passed the Peer Visitation Training Seminar offered by the Amputee Coalition of America. This one-day course focuses on rehearsing peer visitation skills and giving and receiving feedback. They are required to recertify yearly.

We try to match the amputations of the peer visitor to the new amputee so that they can relate to each other. We encourage caregivers to be present as well so any questions may be answered. These visits, for most part, take place in the hospital or rehabilitation center. Helpful literature is left when the visit is over and the amputee is encouraged to attend one of our support group meetings.

 

Caregiver Support

 

Caregivers play an essential role in the life of an amputee. They also are an integral part of F.A.S.T. Most amputees have caregivers who help in their recovery process as well as in the course of daily living. These parents, siblings, spouses, relatives and friends are encouraged to join our group along with the amputee.

At our meetings, caregivers have the opportunity for private time together to discuss their own unique issues. They can learn from each other and offer support to each other in regard to living life with their loved one facing limb loss. These sessions also provide a chance to discuss the stress of day-to-day living situations. Here is where the caregiver can find information, emotional support and comradery.

Caregivers also play an essential role in our outings and activities. There is always the need for able-bodied individuals to participate and help out at our social, educational and fund-raising events.
Some of our caregivers decide to participate in all kinds of volunteer efforts, such as media development, website management, activities organization and much more.

F.A.S.T. is an organization of love and support. All of the members are committed to enriching the life of the amputee as well as the caregiver.

F.A.S.T. Offers

• Support Group meetings
• Peer training
• Information programs & speakers
• Social activities
• Advocacy & education
• Para-sporting events
• Caregiver education & support
• Accredited Peer Visitation certified by the ACA