U-CAN Amputee Support Group

Upcoming Events

Photo from a previous America's Thanksgiving Parade with their logo on the left side

You and your family are invited to join us for fun filled afternoon of a guided tour of the floats in the upcoming Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade!

This will be a walking tour but it is accessible (wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, strollers are welcome).  The warehouse is not heated, so please dress accordingly.  

When: Saturday, October 22, 2022. Reservations are required and must be made by October 14, 2022.

Where: 9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A, Detroit, MI

Time: Tour starts at 12:00 PM

Cost information (includes round trip transportation & a goodie bag for the bus ride. The bus ride is optional.):

  • Seniors & Veterans$10.00
  • Adults: $12.00
  • Children 3 to 17 years of age: $8.00
  • Children 2 years and younger: Free

Payment options: Cash or Check only. Make Checks out to: Michigan Medicine

For Reservations, payments, and/or questions, please contact Carla Vollmer at: 734-975-7432 or email: cvollmer@med.umich.edu

Monthly U-CAN Meetings

U-CAN meets the First Tuesday of each month: 5:30 – 7:30 PM, at the Orthotic & Prosthetic Center. Meetings are currently meeting in-person and virtually (see below for more information).

For questions or information, contact Carla Vollmer, Limb Loss Support Coordinator or Brittany Shupe-Sawyer, LMSW - Clinical Social Worker. Call (734) 975-7432 or email cvollmer@med.umich.edu.

Address:

University of Michigan
Orthotics and Prosthetics Center
2850 S Industrial Hwy., Suite 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 973-2400

To join the monthly meetings virtually, via Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/j/97544788830

Meeting ID: 975 4478 8830
Passcode: 890707

To join the meetings via phone:
Dial: 1- 646- 876 - 9923
Enter the meeting ID: 975 4478 8830
Passcode: 890707

An amputee couple sits together on a couch.

Our goal is to help amputees, people with limb loss or limb difference, and their families cope with the initial shock of loss by helping them regain control of their life through education, compassion, and encouragement. Amputees have the ability to do virtually anything they want to do and we do!

Our meetings usually have a presentation for the first hour. After the presentation, we share information and have time for questions, answers and discussion. An important part of the group is time for socializing and physical activities that exercise the mind as well as the body. Please join us as we all learn together. Light refreshments are served.

Please share our meeting flyer with anyone interested in learning more.

More about U-CAN

Members of the U CAN Amputee Support Group pose for a photo outside
  • Have a growing peer mentoring network that matches experienced amputees with new amputees in similar circumstances.
  • Reach out to parents who have children with limb loss or limb difference.
  • Meet several times a year with activities for the children and discussion time for parents.
  • Hold ACT (Amputees Creating a new Tomorrow) - a six-week class that provides information for new amputees and their family or caregiver. Class information covers: phantom pain, driving, physical therapy, body image, employment, and much more.
  • Provide information for people before an amputation.
  • Share information and support as you go through this live altering surgery.

Check out our monthly U-CAN Newsletter.

We hope to help people look beyond the loss and look forward to tomorrow. Seeing someone in a similar situation can help a person realize they are not alone and that There is Life after Amputation!

U CAN members members wearing a variety of costumes pose together during a Halloween gathering.

U-CAN exists because of the generosity of donors so thank you for helping us to help others know that there is Life after Amputation!

For more information please contact

Carla Vollmer

Limb Loss Support Coordinator

Brittany Shupe-Sawyer, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker