World Land Speed Record

Mike Roman is The Keynote Speaker at Amputee Coalition of America National Conference in Irvine, California.

“Dreams come true if you have the courage to dream them,” is race car driver and world land speed record-holder Mike Roman’s motto. As an amputee, Roman is dedicated to spreading his message of hope, and he will do just that at the Amputee Coalition of America’s national conference on August 28.

Sponsored by Boston Scientific, Roman will recount his story to over 900 attendees that will include amputees, their families, support groups and exhibitors at the conference’s gala dinner.

“On behalf of the Amputee Coalition of America, we are honored to have Mike Roman as our keynote speaker. In the face of despair and adversity, Mike overcame a tragic situation,” said Kendra Calhoun, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition of America. “With courage, hope and support, Mike has persevered to tell his story. While he lost his entire right leg and much time out of his life to severe chronic pain, Mike now wants amputees and others who have suffered trauma to know that giving up is not an option. Our members are looking forward to hearing his inspirational message. ”

Roman began his arduous journey just after Thanksgiving in 1994 when he tore a ligament while playing basketball with friends. A surgical assistant in St. Louis at the time, he thought he was having a simple surgical procedure to repair the tear. Then things changed when he contracted a severe staph infection after the surgery. Throughout the next several months and after numerous unsuccessful surgeries, he had his right leg amputated above the knee. Four years later, he had his entire right leg removed from the hip joint.

As with many amputees, phantom limb pain began. In a limb that no longer existed, the pain was constant. Roman couldn’t get out of bed more than 3 to 5 hours per day and his emotions were contingent on the dose of narcotics he was prescribed. He felt like he had failed and was unable to be a father or husband.

After 38 surgeries and 12 years of combating illness, Roman is back on track. He is pursuing his dream of becoming a race driver and achieving his goal of being the world’s fastest hip disarticulation patient. Last year, Roman not only achieved that goal but he established five new world land speed records.

At the gala dinner, Roman will stress the importance of determination, family teamwork, setting goals and the perseverance to achieve those goals.

About the Amputee Coalition of America:
The Amputee Coalition, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is “to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.” For more information about limb loss, please visit the Amputee Coalition Web site at www.amputee-coalition.org or call 888/267-5669


Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Source: Amputee Coalition of America
Picture: Amputee Coalition of America