Van Matre HealthSouth And Rockford Area’s Amputee Resource Network Host Show Your Mettle Day


The Amputee Coalition has named April as National Limb Loss Awareness Month and on Thursday, April 27, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Rockford Area’s Amputee Resource Network will join together for their second annual Show Your Mettle Day event to bring more awareness to limb loss and limb difference community. Van Matre HealthSouth will host an event for participants in the hospital’s dining room, located at 950 South Mulford in Rockford, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

On this day, amputees are encouraged to show their “mettle,” the ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way, by showing their “metal” prosthetic devices or using their wheelchairs.

The event, which is open to the community, will offer a light catered dinner and silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction are being raised to bring an Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Trainer to the Rockford area to train local individuals in the peer support program. Certified peer supporters help those who have endured limb loss cope and move forward in their lives.

For information about the event, please contact Michele Diedrichs at 815-381-8552 or 630-606-8940.

About Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Rockford Health System and HealthSouth, is a 55-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, the hospital is located at 950 Mulford Rd. in Rockford, Ill. and on the Web at

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

Source: HealthSouth