OUR STORY

Over a decade ago, Phil Johnson, CPO, was asked to donate parts for a prosthetic leg to a boy in Guatemala. The boy had lost his leg due to electrocution after Hurricane Mitch. Instead, Phil decided to donate himself, and traveled to the highlands of Guatemala to meet the boy.

They arrived after dark to a location with no electricity and swarming with mosquitoes, and Phil decided it would be best to come back in the morning.

The next morning, there were 15 children lined up, all waiting for prosthetic legs, because word had gotten around to the locals that a prosthetic doctor was in town. In that moment, Phil realized that the way we do prosthetics in the U.S. didn’t translate to developing countries, and he set out to invent a low-cost solution that would be available to all.

Millions of amputees worldwide depend on crutches and wheelchairs. Some are even forced to crawl because they are unable to afford prosthetics.

Utilizing over 30 years of prosthetic experience, Phil began to tinker with his low-cost leg, but life got in the way and the idea was tabled for several years.

In 2013 Phil met a first-year medical student, Michael Mabry, who also shared the passion of helping others.  The two decided to take a trip to Honduras in 2014 to assess the needs of amputees in the country. They encountered over fifty patients in just five days, and knew they were onto something. They returned to the U.S. and founded Hope to Walk.

In 2015 Phil and Michael fit their first patient, Carlos, with a low-cost prosthetic leg. And within four years, Hope to Walk has fit over 500 patients in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti and Vietnam. Hope to Walk continues to grow – helping amputees in developing nations to walk again.

OUR SOLUTION: SIMPLE & FUNCTIONAL

While commercial legs can cost $5,000 – $25,000, Hope to Walk’s prosthetic leg costs $100 to make.  The 500 patients we’ve helped so far have cost $50,000 in materials – the cost of two commercial prosthetic legs in the USA!

OUR LEADERSHIP

Phil Johnson, CPO
Phil Johnson, CPOFounder
Phil has over 34 years of prosthetic and orthotic experience. He is an inventor with many skills and a passion for training others which places him in the perfect spot to lead…
Michael Mabry, DO
Michael Mabry, DOChairman
Michael is a founder and Chairman of HTW. He founded HTW in his first year of medical school and is now a 4th year medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine…
Sue Beatty, MD
Sue Beatty, MDDirector of Research and Development
Susan E Beatty, MD, FCCP is a retired Pulmonologist/Critical Care Specialist who moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia in 2003 with her husband Richard (Dick). She earned her…
Ken Jones, MD
Ken Jones, MDBoard Member
Ken is a retired family physician who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Ken’s family practice residency was
in a unique program…
Mara Pineda
Mara PinedaDirector of Finance and Administration
Mara was born around the area of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and helped start and lead a bilingual school in her twenties and thirties. She would later move to Virginia…
Ed Belaire
Ed BelaireDirector of Int'l Business Development
An entrepreneur since the age of 20, Ed Bellaire started his first marketing company while still in college at Oakland University. Now, he brings 25 years…
Kristen Staples
Kristen StaplesMarketing Team
Kristen is currently leading our Marketing Team and she describes her work with Hope to Walk as the culmination of all her prior experience. As the granddaughter of a prosthetic inventor, …

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Mabry, DO
Michael Mabry, DOChairman
Michael is a founder and Chairman of HTW. He founded HTW in his first year of medical school and is now a 4th year medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine…
Phil Johnson, CPO
Phil Johnson, CPOFounder
Phil has over 34 years of prosthetic and orthotic experience. He is an inventor with many skills and a passion for training others which places him in the perfect spot to lead…
Corydon Siffring, MD
Corydon Siffring, MDBoard Member
Cory has been a trauma surgeon for over 25 years and has spent much of his life serving patients from the USA to Uganda to Afghanistan. He served in the
US Army for 22 years…
Loy Burch
Loy BurchBoard Member
Loy grew up at Espanola, New Mexico, holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. He and his wife have been involved in mission work…
Ken Jones, MD
Ken Jones, MDDirector of Fundraising
Ken is a retired family physician who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). Ken’s family practice residency was in a unique program…
Sue Beatty, MD
Sue Beatty, MDDirector of Research and Development
Susan E Beatty, MD, FCCP is a retired Pulmonologist/Critical Care Specialist who moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia in 2003 with her husband Richard (Dick). She earned her…
ToddBoard Member
Ed Belaire
Ed BelaireDirector of Int'l Business Development
An entrepreneur since the age of 20, Ed Bellaire started his first marketing company while still in college at Oakland University. Now, he brings 25 years…
ScottBoard Member