When the Academy Annual Meeting was held in New Orleans earlier this year, orthopaedic surgeons left behind a new, safe and wheelchair accessible playground for the children of that riverside city. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of several hundred orthopaedic surgeons and their families, industry representatives, members of other medical organizations, Academy staff and local volunteers, a 5,896 square-foot playground was built in the 1,500-acre City Park.
The award-winning Safe, Accessible Playground building program is part of the ongoing AAOS campaign, "Prevent Injuries America!®," which is aimed at reducing musculoskeletal injuries.
Now, a grateful parent has sent her thanks for the playground via an e-mail message to the AAOS. Cathe Mizell-Nelson said, "I just wanted to let you and others in your organization know how wonderful the playground you built in New Orleans is. I bring my children to City Park often, and your playground is always full of children having a great time! Your generous gift brings joy to hundreds of families every day. I hope youll continue the program forever. Thank you!"