What We Do
Steps Of Faith is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to providing prosthetic care, hope, and comfort to amputees needing financial support.
We help provide prosthetic limbs to amputees who can’t otherwise afford them. We are a resource to those going through limb loss, and their families. We help both lower, and upper extremity amputees. For as low as $1,000 we can get someone walking again.
Why We Do It
In the United States alone, there are over 500 amputations per day. That's over 185,00 amputations annually totaling over 2 million Americans living with limb loss. Prosthetic limbs range from $10,000- $100,000, so without health insurance, coming up with this amount of many can seem inconceivable. There are hundreds of simple, daily tasks the average person takes for granted, like walking up stairs, riding a bike, or simply walking across the room. An amputee knows that even with inhuman strength or years of practice, those tasks can still be impossible without the right prosthetic fit and function. So 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.
Beyond living life with this disability; the financial burdens for an amputee can be extraordinary.
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. A Kansas City native, Billy currently lives in Nashville with his wife and two children.
Monique Madrid is a writer, comedian and actor with a heart for helping others. Besides running Steps’ social media and working with our patients to tell their stories, she’s produced several of our live events. And Monique’s connection to the Steps Of Faith mission goes back a long way- she and her husband produced a fundraiser for Billy Brimblecom’s prosthetic costs in 2006 that raised over $40,000. She got her start performing improv in Kansas City, followed by spending 10 years in the Chicago comedy scene, including performing with The Second City on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. She’s worked for several Fortune 500 Companies writing custom comedy, as well as producing events for non-profits and fundraisers, including “2 Girls 1 Pup” – the comedy show you can bring your dog to, which raises money for The Tailwaggers Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps sick and injured animals.
Board of Directors
A second-generation orthotist and prothestist, Rob opened Superior Orthotics & Prosthetics in 1996. He grew up in his father's office, learning the business and treating patients since he was a young child. He graduated from Goodpasture High School and the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. Rob married his high school sweetheart and now has two children. He enjoys fishing and bowling, but especially enjoys playing basketball.
Dr. Heather Dixon-Fowler is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at Appalachian State University. She teaches a variety of entrepreneurship and strategic management courses including Venture Creation and Social Entrepreneurship. She has a passion for travel and has developed and led a number of study-abroad programs. She is particularly interested in bridging relationships between representatives from corporations, non-profit organizations and the academic community. Her research on corporate social and environmental responsibility has been published in academic journals and has been recognized by Forbes and Business Week. Heather is originally from the Kansas City area and now lives in Boone, NC with her husband, two children and dogs.
Dr. Anissa Gastin is a long-time public educator and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Fort Osage R-I School District. She has presented, conducted workshops, and individually coached others on various topics including leadership, evaluation, difficult employee conversations, employee law, and generations in the workplace. Dr. Gastin also co-owns ComedyCity with her husband Clay Morgan. ComedyCity is an improv comedy club located in Kansas City, MO. As a former speech and theater teacher she found improv was a great way to keep her performing side alive when she transitioned out of the classroom. Almost twenty years later she continues to perform in ComedyCity shows as well as with an all-female group, Pretty.Funny. She and her husband were honored to hold the first Laughs for Limbs event at ComedyCity in order to raise money for Steps of Faith Foundation. She is equally as honored to be a member of the Board of Directors for such a worthy cause. Dr. Gastin lives in Blue Springs, MO with her husband and their two daughters.
Mason was born and raised in Nashville, TN where he currently resides. He is passionate about building and growing early stage organizations -- both for profit and not for profit -- that can make a positive impact in a given industry and the greater community. Mason is responsible for the Business Development and Sales efforts at XSOLIS, an early stage healthcare technology company located in Nashville, TN. In addition to his work with Steps of Faith, Mason also sits on the board of the Sexual Assault Center of Tennessee where he is responsible for creating and expanding their Young Professional presence throughout the Nashville Area.
Mason loves to stay active both physically and mentally -- He loves working out with friends just as much as solving a Rubik's cube. If you don't find Mason out and about in Nashville on a Saturday afternoon, he is most likely taking advantage of his hectic travel schedule exploring the best bars, restaurants, and museums in a new city.
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.
Kay Cannon is a TV and screenwriter, producer, actress and comedienne. Although a Midwestern gal at heart, Kay moved from Chicago to New York City to write for NBC's critically acclaimed comedy 3O Rock where she was nominated for an Emmy three times, won the Writer's Guild of America award three times and was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award. Soon after, Cannon moved to Los Angeles where she penned and produced episodes on FOX's New Girl and ABC's Cristela. Kay wrote the cult hit comedy series Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. She is currently hard at work as the creator and executive producer of Girlboss, an upcoming series for Netflix. On the performing side, Kay has had comedic roles in films and television including New Girl, 30 Rock, Cristela and How to be Single. Cannon married Eben Russell on January 1, 2012 and the couple welcomed their ridiculously adorable daughter, Evelyn Rose Russell "Leni" on October 9th, 2013. Kay is extremely passionate about Steps Of Faith Foundation and is proud to serve as a member on the Board of Directors.
Brendon was born and raised in Lawrence, KS and has lived on 4 continents. From an early age Brendon had an interest in technology and computers which led to his career in the technology sector working for companies like Google and Motorola. This also led to his acquisition of an MBA from the University of Melbourne Australia and an Engineering Management Masters from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. On Brendon's return from Australia, in the one month of his life he did not have US health insurance (he had it in Australia), he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. After a year long chemotherapy regiment his leg was amputated below the knee to remove the tumor. In his international travels for work he was moved by the difference the lack of access to even basic prosthetics could make on the quality of life of amputees.
Since Co-Founding Attack! in 2001, Andrew and his team have worked with brands to provide them with creative marketing experiences that provide actionable insights & measurable results. In his current role as CCO, Andrew continues to position Attack! as one of the top experiential marketing agencies in the country. He's active in strategic partnerships, operational strategy and cultural awesomeness and stays busy authoring for Inc, Forbes, The Washington Post, Event Marketer, PROMO, Experiential Marketing Forum (advisory board member) and Chief Marketer. He was recently featured in a SIX QUESTION interview for AdWeek and participated as a keynote speaker for Google's ForumCon. Andrew is currently on the advisory board for the Experiential Marketing Forum and am an active member of the Young Entrepreneurial Council. Andrew lives with his wife and two boys in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles
Cactus is a drummer, vocalist, writer, producer, multi instrumentalist, 3 time Modern Drummer readers poll winner, Four time CMA winner and 3 time Grammy Award nominee. Most notably he has been a member of the highly successful, Grammy Nominated band Highway 101 for over 20 years. Cactus is currently the musical director / producer / drummer for Wynonna and the Big Noise. Wynonna Judd also happens to be his wife. Cactus lost his left leg August 18, 2012 in a horrific motorcycle accident. A new chapter of life began that day. He beat the odds and made it back to playing drums on an 18 city tour within 3 months of the accident. He continues to work as musician and record producer in the studio, and on the road. Cactus has a true passion for SOF's mission and loves to help motivate new amputees.
Kim Carpenter Drake is vice president at Center for Nonprofit Management and continues to work with CNM as a consultant and educator. Kim has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit fundraising, branding and capacity building. During her career, Kim has focused on the development of new initiatives for organizations such as the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Zoo and The Nature Conservancy. Since beginning her tenure with CNM, Kim has expanded her work to agencies in the areas of health care, conservation, resource management, literacy, advocacy and family services. She focuses her efforts on the identification and strategic alignment of programs to increase community support and improve organizational outcomes through her consulting, workshops, group facilitation and as a speaker for conferences across the state and the region. Kim has a degree in social psychology as well as a Masters of Education in Nonprofit Management and continuing graduate work in conflict management. She is recognized in Tennessee as a Rule 31 Mediator.