Education: University of Illinois, Northwestern University
Awards: David was awarded the Mohamed Amin Award for Humanitarian Service by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists in 2007 for his work in Guatemala, Haiti, and Pakistan. In 2013, he was awarded the Charles C Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award by the University of Illinois. In 2015, he was awarded the Henry Viscardi Center Achievement award to recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions.
I am a co-founder of ROMP and will continue to serve the organization as much as I can in order to help other amputees access the prosthetic care that has made my own life possible.
Favorite ROMP story: I have so many, and they are all favorites. In July of 2015 I was blessed to lead a group of amputees into the mountains of Ecuador. Halfway through the week long expedition the group arrived at the mountain refuge of two extinct volcanoes, Iliniza Norte and Sur. It was a beautiful afternoon when we made it to the refuge and most of the team decided to hike out to a small mountain lake half a mile behind the hut. From a small moraine we were able to look down towards the lake and up to the summit above. The sky was Andean blue and the sun was blazing. I turned around and say one of my patients and friends, Katy Pico sitting on the ground with two other climbers. She was sobbing and for a second I thought something was wrong. She was crying tears of joy. A few years prior she thought life was over and traded her foot to survive cancer. She told us that never in her life did she imagine she would stand on this beautiful mountain and soak in this marvelous place. Especially after her leg was amputated. ROMP not only provided her a prosthesis but also provided her hope and unlocked her human potential. It’s an honor to be a part of that.