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!
Thomas Free, President
Tom has been a Firefighter and Paramedic for the Safety Harbor Fire Department for many years. He has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Presbyterian College, a Bachelor’s in Social Science Education from the University of Southern Florida, and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He is a Certified EMT, Paramedic, and Firefighter. Altogether, he is a well-rounded individual with a passion for helping others.
Shane Wood, Vice President
Shane is a 3rd generation Pinellas County resident and graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High. He has a Florida State Plumbing Contractors License and is VP / GM for McGill Plumbing, Inc. He has an active role in the community; volunteering with Lions Club International, where he is the 2nd VP of the Largo Lions Club Chapter. Between balancing a family business, home life, and service to others; he enjoys golf and fishing.
Terry McCoy, Treasurer
Terry is retired from Morgan Stanley in Palm Harbor. He has a strong background in working with local charities and various boards in the Tampa Bay area. He attended the University of Georgia and is an avid golfer. Terry says, “I initially became involved with 50 Legs as I have a passion for helping children. After meeting some of the children Steve had already helped, I felt my heart led me here.”
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.
Carmen Acabbo, Director
Carmen Acabbo is a native of Boston and graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Business Management. She is a self-employed Interior Designer, Project Manager, wife, and mother of three. She is an avid runner and advocate of healthy living. Her passion for 50Legs came as a result of her sister Celeste Corcoran, losing both of her legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The initial months of Celeste’s recovery were dire. She was fitted for a set of prosthetics that left her unable to walk without pain. When it seemed as if a life spent in a wheelchair most of the time was inevitable, Steve Chamberland’s persistence that Celeste get help through 50Legs paid off. Celeste not only recovered her mobility but her spirit as well! Having seen firsthand the life-changing possibilities afforded to patients by 50Legs, Carmen has been motivated to help others receive the same opportunity. She has been the organizer of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 50Legs Boston Marathon Fundraising campaigns. Carmen has assisted runners in raising close to $250,000 in donations. She will be joining the burgeoning 2018 Fundraising Team as a runner herself to mark 5 years of healing and recovery for her family, thanks in part to 50Legs.
Gary Clifford, Board Member
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.
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.
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.