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Long before he lost his leg, Cameron Kennedy worked closely with Challenge Aspen, a non-profit dedicated to supporting adaptive athletes year-round. His initial role with the group dates back to the winter of 2001/2002 when he volunteered as an Adaptive Assistant. That year he skied 120 days, about half of which were spent working with Challenge Aspen athletes and instructors. More recently, Cameron served on the organization’s board.
And it was in Aspen—Snowmass resort, specifically—when Cameron sustained the accident that would transform him into an adaptive athlete. Although he doesn’t remember exactly what happened on February 20, 2021, the basic facts are that while carving down a groomer, he tumbled and hit a tree. Ski patrol carted him down to the medical clinic at the resort’s base, and an ambulance quickly transferred him to Aspen Valley Hospital. There, the extent of his injuries—two broken legs, one a tib/fib break so severe that it ruptured the artery and vein, restricting blood supply— mandated an airlift to Denver. Despite his medical team’s best efforts, the tissue in Cameron’s right leg didn’t survive and several weeks later, a surgeon amputated it above the knee.
“I was out of work for two and a half months just from the pain and recovery process,” Cameron said. “I needed to learn to walk and was living with constant amputation pain, both real and phantom, which is still present today. Stairs and inclines are particularly difficult, and I’m far from having mastered them.”
His new circumstances required Cameron learn to manage the pain, physically recover, and mentally adapt. A large part of that process entailed learning how to use and live with his prosthetic device, equipped with a Click Medical RevoFit Kit.
Click’s adjustable and customizable technology has made this difficult process considerably easier. Having the ability to loosen or tighten the prosthesis effectively with a dial provides a custom fit to Cameron’s leg in real time. He can adjust it when being active to provide control. While hiking, for example, he tends to adjust the RevoFit dial every half mile or so. Loosening it while sitting is “game changing,” Cameron said. “It reduces pain and pressure on the distal end of the residual limb, and because it tightly grips my thigh uniformly over a large area, it gives me excellent control throughout the day,” he said.
Cameron devoted the summer of 2021 to building up strength and familiarizing himself with his new corporeal reality and to learning how to bike short distances with his prosthetic leg. This past winter, he had to relearn how to ski, this time on one leg using a three-tracking system which has enabled him to make it down a few easy runs. These days, Cameron said his priorities have shifted as a result of his accident and amputation, and his appreciation for his family and medical team have deepened. He expressed deep gratitude for his wife and her constant support and also for his prosthetist, Eric Neufeld, founder of Colorado-based Agile Orthopedics, who recommended Click Medical’s RevoFit technology and also makes house calls. The RevoFit technology has helped expedite Cameron’s recovery and allowed him to achieve a higher level of independence.
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