“You don’t know what you’re capable of unless you challenge yourself!” We celebrate all of the accomplishments of SRT Hero, Tim Parker of Harvard, Illinois, and encourage you to read his story!

How did your amputation occur?
My foot was crushed in a forklift accident in a paper factory. Because of the infection, they had to amputate below the knee on my right leg.

Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
Just being able to get back to doing the things I enjoy in my life is my biggest accomplishment.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in? Why do you enjoy them?
I play the drums and ride a skateboard. I’ve always loved playing the drums for the creative freedom it provides and it’s a good way to let off steam when you’re frustrated.

How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
It plays a very big role, if my leg doesn’t fit right or I’m having a bad day (sores, etc) I am on crutches or in a wheelchair. It makes it difficult to do a lot of things around my house.

What has your experience been like with SRT?
It has been amazing, great staff to work with and they are always very professional and courteous.

What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
You don’t know what you’re capable of unless you challenge yourself. The best piece of advice I got after my amputation was this “If you are having a bad day, take 5 minutes to sit on the “pity pot” and vent. After that, get back up and go about your day. No matter how bad your situation is, there are people out there dealing with the same or worse stuff in their life. Just take life one day at a time.”