With adversity comes opportunity...Hope A. Bevilhymer Amputee, Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker, Musician and Athlete. Hope was born with bi-lateral club feet. She started having surgeries on her foot at the age of 2 months. She endured 29 surgeries to correct the deformity. In June of 2002 Hope opted to have her 30th surgery to have her right leg amputated below the knee.
Amputation sparked a drive in Hope. She watched a documentary on landmine victims, and saw the “need” of people in developing countries. Hope founded The Limbs of Hope Foundation, in October 2003. The organization was started to collect prosthetics in the United States, and ship or deliver them to developing countries. Through her experience of amputation, she realized that people were just discarding the prosthetics, due to product liability laws, while developing countries could use the components. To date, The Limbs of Hope Foundation has donated over 6,000 used prosthetics across the globe.
Hope is a great asset to your NEXT EVENT. Some of the platforms she provides is "AHHH she has one leg, run for the hills"- Disability Awareness. " I didn't know I was lost"- Assisting others with never loosing hope. " Patience Patient"- Assisting Health Care Providers and Patient with the skills to make the stay a little more enjoyable.
Honors: March of 2005 Hope was the youngest recipient of the Volvo for Life Awards. Hope received 2 Honors for the Volvo for Life Awards. She received the Quality of Life Award and she was named Americas Greatest Hometown Hero as the grand winner of the Volvo for Life Awards.
July of 2005 Hope was again the youngest recipient of the “Days of 47” Pioneer of Progress in Education, Health and Humanitarian Award.
Other awards included, West Jordan City's Honoree citizen award.
Besides the Limbs of Hope, Hope has participated in many different activities. She was one of the lead goal tenders in the nation for sledge hockey. She pioneered the acceptance of females in the sport. In 2007, Hope tried out for the National Para Olympic Sledge Hockey team, and was turned away due to the rules, was only for men.
In 2008, the United States Woman's Sledge Hockey team was started. Hope participated in the 1st all women's USA National Sledge Hockey team, USA vs. Canada. Hopes exceeding goal tending skills won the victory.
Hope retired the sport in 2008 to pursue music, which includes drumming. Hope played drums in a band called Chopstick Sidekick Tuesday. Her band played many shows, including the Van's Warp Tour in 2010 in SLC, UT. Chopstick dissolved in 2011. Her current band, The Feros Project is currently recording their first album.
“I am just one person. It doesn't matter if someone lives 6 miles away or 6,000 miles away. We are the ones who can make a difference in this world.”- Hope