Happy Halloween!

The Schaumburg Scheck and Siress tradition continues!
Happy Halloween!

We can all be someone's sunshine

A simple "How are you?" or "Let me buy you a cookie!" can brighten someones day!

Northwestern Research Newsletter

NU-FlexSIV Socket for Iraq military veteran Kim Cundiff. 

FREE NU-FlexSIV Socket Course

Our goal is to reach as many prosthetists as possible and teach them how to make the NU-FlexSIV socket for their patients. Click on the link below to find out more information. 

International Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists Conference in Lyon, France

NUPOC researchers Steven A. Gard, PhD, Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), Matthew Major, PhD, Erin Boutwell, PhD, Yeongchi Wu, MD, Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, FAAOP, and Larissa Conner Sletto, CPO, presented their findings at the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics Symposium on June 22 – 25, 2015 in Lyon, France. Former NUPOC Visiting Researchers Kengo Ohnishi, PhD, Felix Starker, Dipl. Ing., and Michael Dillon, PhD, also presented their work at ISPO 2015.

NUPOC News -ISPO 2015 (Click Here)

Hybrid Pump

We recently published an article about the Hybrid Pump we created at 
Northwestern University. It is an exciting development for prosthetic wearers.

This is what Life is about....

Multiple Sclerosis Walk

My three kids and I supported the Multiple Sclerosis Walk by joining the Scheck & Siress Team last Saturday. My wife was working, but there in spirit.

If you would like to donate or become a volunteer, click on the link below.


Join Us for Our Start the Season; Play for a Reason Fundraiser!

Don't wait, purchase your tickets for our fourth annual Start the Season; Play for a 
Reason Fundraiser, presented by Ossur. With only six days until the fundraiser, 
there is only a limited time left to secure your ticket(s)!

The event will occur on Sunday, April 19 from 10 am to 1 pm at Pinstripes in Chicago. 
There will be bowling, bocce, brunch, make-your-own omelet station, bonfire/smores, 
and a Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar.

Tickets for the event are $50 for adults; $30 for youth under 12.
Feel free to join the Facebook event and/or share with your friends.

More information about Dare2Tri at

Hiking Survey Opportunity

A Masters of Industrial Design student from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, is running a survey to determine the advantages and disadvantages of two concepts for lower-limb amputees in relation to hiking. 

This is an anonymous and confidential survey.

Hiking Survey for Georgia Institute of Technology (click here)

Study Participants Requested

Effect of Parental Limb Loss 
on Parenting and Child Function

What does the study involve?

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of parental amputation on child psychological function and parenting stress. This study uses an online survey consisting of 85 questions. Anyone who has experienced limb loss within the past 5 years and has a child in the home under the age of 18 may participate in this study. 

How long does it take?

The study consists of about 85 questions and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

What do I get for being in the study?

You will be able to participate in psychology research first-hand on a topic that currently has very little research with the hopes that this knowledge will help families with limb loss in the future.

How do I participate?

Enter the link of the study below into your web browser and take the survey online
Questions about this study may be directed to Dr. Sarah Heavin at sheavin@pugetsound.edu

National Good Deeds Day, March 15

Good Deeds Day
March 15, 2015

Chicago Blade Runners Starting Up for Summer

The Chicago Blade Runners is starting up for spring/summer. 

Our group is made up of amputees of all levels who were either born without a limb or have lost limbs due to trauma, disease or military service. We also have athletes with spinal cord injuries that compete in racing wheelchairs. 

We are also looking for partner runners. 
This is a wonderful and very fun group!


Main Contact: 
Melissa Stockwell, CP     

Summer Camp for Kids

The Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers’ confidence regardless of skill level and takes place at Camp JOY in Clarksville, OH.

Chicago Area Amputee Support Group

Looking for a local Support Group?

It is my pleasure to be a supporter of the 
Chicago Area Amputee Support Group. 

The group is held every other week and 
is open to amputee's, spouses, and family members.

Please contact Korrel Rosenberg, Support Group Leader, 
for more information at:
(847) 224-7752

Meetings are held at the 
Arlington Heights Village Hall
33 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Thank you....

Thank you to all of our military for your service. 
Words cannot express our gratitude....

Veterans Day 2014

The Tradition Continues...

The Scheck and Siress Crew at the Schaumburg office has done it again! 
Great costumes! (I am Emmett from The Lego Movie.)

New NIH Grant: The Sensor (Epidermal Electronic Device)

NIH Grant:

Northwestern University developed a extremely thin electronic device. The resulting 'epidermal' electronic device can be used as a monitoring system, designed to promote residual limb health in persons who wear prostheses, in physical forms that are 'skin like', may demonstrate key technological and scientific advancements towards evidenced-based and person-centered prosthetic care. 

The work involves " Development of 'skin-like' pressure, strain and temperature sensors, with wireless operation, as well as hydration and blood flow sensors. " Development of computational modeling and algorithms for statistical signal processing of the sensor data and pattern recognition to create a user-friendly interface for clinicians and patients. " 

We are very excited about this new NIH Grant. 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.