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April 25, 2016

Merton Williams MS changes lives around the world

The Merton Williams Middle School community has taken the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits of community service and international mindedness to heart. Their efforts to raise money for LIMBS International, an organization that provides prosthetics to amputees in developing nations, were a huge success. The school recently received information about three individuals whose lives have been changed by their ability to receive a free prosthetic thanks to the funds students raised - Abdul from Ghana, Jose from Guatemala and Shorab from Bangladesh, all three of whom lost their legs after being hit by vehicles.

In all, the money raised by the Merton Williams school community has made it possible for 18 prosthetic leg systems to be sent to four countries - 10 to Ghana, five to Guatemala, two to Bangladesh and one to Cambodia. Students, their families and staff raised over $5,500 by holding a walkathon, getting pledges and selling T-shirts with the words "#mwlimbs2015."

There are an estimated 40 million amputees throughout the developing world and only five percent of them have access to any type of prosthetic leg system. For more information, visit https://www.limbsinternational.org/