Steve Chamberland, Founder
Steve is a former semi-pro football player, amateur hockey player, and pro-wrestler; Steve Chamberland understands the importance of physical activity. In addition to immediate health and mobility benefits, it also impacts your quality of life, confidence level, and self-worth. It is with this mindset that 50 Legs gladly provides quality prosthetic legs to children, adults, and military wishing to live an active lifestyle. In addition to helping children, Steve has a true respect for those that serve our country and has provided legs for many service men and women. 50 Legs was also one of the first to help and support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. If you ask Steve how he feels about losing his leg, he might surprise you. “I thank God every single day for losing my leg, as it led me to what I am supposed to do. I just want to help people better their lives.” All you have to do is watch Steve interact with children to see he is truly in love with what he does!
Gary Clifford, President
Gary has lived in Pinellas County for 50 years. He is married to Christine and has one daughter,
Christina. He owns an RV, auto and mobile home repair facility in Largo, Florida He has a passion
for helping others and enjoys Classic cars, going to church and working. Gary loves the outdoors,
live music and simple dining choices. Gary has a great sense of humor and is very passionate about
being the president of the board for 50 Legs. Keep an eye out for him at an upcoming event near
Jake Myers, Director
Mr. Myers is an Army Veteran as well as a Service Disabled Veteran. Mr. Myers spent 10 years in the U.S. Army to include deploying to Iraq from March 2003 to October 2004, where he was injured in a VBIED attack, Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device. Since exiting service in the US Army, Mr. Myers has engaged in multiple areas of government contracting, to currently include owning a SDVOSB Medical Staffing company and Co-founding a SDVOSB Kit/Gear/Clothing rep group. Lastly, Mr. Myers has been involved with multiple veteran charity organizations where he’s supported and/or help to facilitate support through a multitude of avenues and ventures.
Samantha Eddington, Treasurer
Samantha Eddington was elected to the 50 Legs Board of Trustee’s in November of 2021.
Samantha is a nursing professor in Georgetown, Kentucky where she resides with her family. Samantha has worked at the University of Kentucky since her nursing career began in 2000. Her past experience consists of working mainly in oncology at the Markey Cancer Center. She holds a part time position at a medical spa near her home. Samantha is currently enrolled in college to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
Samantha is also a board member with the Finley Foundation in Kentucky. She, along with her neighbors founded this nonprofit in 2014 to assist families with infant loss due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Samantha has been a volunteer with 50 Legs for several years. Her daughter, Katie, is a 50 Legs recipient. Samantha also ran the Boston Marathon for 50 Legs in 2019. She and her daughter have organized multiple fundraising events over the years and have raised over $75,000 from various running events and well as her work at the University.
Scott Willet, Board Member
Scott’s a retired Honda Automobile Dealer in Atlanta, GA. He’s been married to his wife Kelly for 25
years. Together they’re parents to five children, and grandparents to six grandchildren. Scott
attended Georgia Southern University and is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy.
His hobbies include traveling and motorcycling.
Charity involvement isn’t new to Scott. He’s the founder of the Atlanta Bowtie Society and the Willett
Foundation. His charities provided new cars for Teachers of the Year, Award Parties as well as gifts
for the local Police and Fire Departments, and his foundation provided Christmas gifts, as well as,
large parties for teenagers in homeless shelters throughout the Metro Atlanta Area.
Scott’s accolades include; Georgia Senate award for his contributions to the citizens of Georgia,
Honorary Sheriff of Henry County, Honorary Fire Chief of Henry County, Honorary Police Chief of the
Henry County, Scott was a member of Capital One Bank’s National Dealer Advisory Board, and he
was on the North Georgia Honda Dealers Advertising Board of Directors. When asked why he
wanted to become involved with 50 Legs Scott stated, “I’ve personally been involved in charity work
for over forty years. I can’t think of any charity more deserving of success than 50 Legs!”
Joseph R. Sozzani, Board Member
Joseph Sozzani is a Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, entertainment and unfair competition law. Throughout his career, Mr. Sozzani has also volunteered his time in providing pro bono representation to numerous 501(c)(3) corporations, assisting in the formation and development of intellectual property for such entities. He has received numerous awards for his dedication to pro bono service.
Kimberly Spiro, Board Member
Kimberly Spiro was elected to the 50 Legs Board of Trustee’s in November of 2021.
Kimberly serves on the Nursing Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing since 2013. The Neurosurgery Board at Johns Hopkins since 2014 and The Parent Advisory Councils at both Loyola University, Maryland and Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. She is presently structuring a Parent Council for Wagner College, NY.
Kim has also served on the board of Wagner College since 2006. Her responsibilities have included serving on sub-committees from Buildings and Grounds to Academic Affairs. She serves on the Executive Committee and is presently the Co-Chair to Institutional Advancement Committee. She also serves as a member of the Evelyn L Spiro School of Nursing Board since 2011.
Kim has previously worked as an Advertising Account Executive on national accounts such as Purina, Perdue, Red Lobster and McDonalds segueing into food styling for TV commercials and Still Photography. She is still very involved in photography and owns and operates a business from her home.
She resides in Boynton Beach, FL and is actively involved in philanthropic activities.
Carmen Acabbo, Board Member
Carmen Acabbo resides in Westford, MA with her husband Rich and their three children. She is an avid runner and actively involved in the community. In 2015, Carmen founded C.G.A. Interior Designs where she specializes in interior design and project management. Prior to working in the interior design field, she had a 15-year career as a Sales Executive for various software companies including Progress Software, Webhire, Changepoint and Macromedia.
Carmen was first introduced to the 50 Legs organization in 2013 after running her first Boston Marathon, where her sister Celeste and niece Sydney were critically injured at the first explosion site of the marathon bombing. Celeste’s injuries necessitated amputation of both legs, and after struggling with her first set of ill-fitting prosthetics she was approached by 50 Legs. Carmen saw her sister’s gains of strength and independence—the 50 Legs mission at work—and felt inspired to get more actively involved. In 2018 she joined the Board of Directors. After a brief hiatus due to uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, she is thrilled to be active again.
Since 2016 Carmen has led a team of Boston Marathon runners in supporting 50 Legs. The campaign, called “These Legs Get Legs,” has raised over $800,000 to date.
Carmen is a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. degree in Business Management.
We Thank Our Valued Partners & Sponsors
On behalf of the 50Legs family, we cannot thank you enough for your support. With your help, we make it possible for amputees to get back to lives they love living. We help them get the prosthetics and care they couldn’t otherwise afford. Thank you from our founder, our volunteers, and our exceptional recipients. We don’t just help amputees walk, we help them feel confident, capable, and empowered.