Beyond living life with a disability, the financial burden for an amputee can be extraordinary.
Prosthetic limbs range from $10,000 to $100,000, so without health insurance, coming up with this amount of money can seem inconceivable. There are hundreds of simple, daily tasks the average person takes for granted, such as walking up stairs, riding a bike, or simply walking across the room. An amputee knows that even with superhuman strength or years of practice, those tasks can still be impossible without the right prosthetic fit and function. The unfortunate reality is that many amputees often don't have health insurance and the financial coverage provided by insurance companies is often not enough to cover the high cost of prosthetic needs. That’s where Steps of Faith can help.
“With the help of our Steps of Faith donors, we are able to remove the physical limitations that amputees face, empowering them to focus on overcoming new challenges.”
~ Billy Brimblecom, Jr.
Losing a limb can profoundly impact every aspect of someone's life.
Billy Brimblecom, Jr.
Billy is the Executive Director of Steps of Faith Foundation. Billy understands first-hand the emotional and physical challenges that come with losing a limb. As an amputee himself, his life's joy is helping other amputees move forward. Billy lost his left leg to Ewings Sarcoma in 2005. As a life-long musician and actor, this could have been devastating to his career. Still young and active, he needed a prosthesis that would give him mobility and allow him to continue to play the drums and live an active life. Thanks to a large fundraiser held for him by friends and family, he was able to raise more than $30,000 for his first prosthetic limb. This is why he truly understands the financial hardships that come with losing a limb. With his new prosthesis, Billy was back on tour playing the drums within just a few months of his surgery. He has toured the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Japan playing music and has appeared as an actor at The Kennedy Center, off-Broadway and in film and TV. While his love for music is strong, his passion to serve other amputees through this charity is even stronger. He wants every amputee to have mobility no matter how limited their resources are. Billy currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children.
Jim has spent the better part of the last twenty years touring the world as a musician with his bands The Get Up Kids and Blackpool Lights. It was in 2005 when Blackpool Light’s drummer and Steps of Faith Executive Director Billy Brimblecom was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, and Jim saw firsthand the astronomical costs associated with losing a limb. He also saw what a community can do when they come together to help. It was this experience that led Jim to wanting to work with Billy and continue to give back.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Geology Cum Laude from The University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. J Mark Matthews
Dr. Matthews was born and raised in coastal North Carolina. Taking up guitar in his teens and desiring a career in music, he hit the road with his band while still a teen. He soon found it difficult to meet routine living expenses, much less afford health insurance. This prompted his return to university and his eventual career path as a physician.
Currently, Dr. Matthews is a retired anesthesiologist, having worked at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City's largest tertiary care hospital, with 5 years as Dept. Chairman of Anesthesiology at SLH, KC. Over the years he has witnessed first hand the physical and emotional toll of losing a limb in others, and feels privileged to have the opportunity to help in a different capacity with SOF. He has also served on the board of directors for Sweet Relief Musician's Fund since 2008.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Anissa Gastin Morgan
Blue Springs, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Loren Decker, CP
Overland Park, KS
Mitchell Dobson, CPO FAAOP
Grain Valley, MO
Kim Carpenter Drake
Brian C. Lore
Overland Park, KS
Robert Pittman, CPO