After losing his leg to a diabetic ulcer last October, comics writer James Hudnall has received a new prosthetic leg thanks to some help from the Hero Initiative and other donors. The Hero Initiative made the announcement on Twitter, with a picture of Hudnall and his prosthetic in action.
According to his GoFundMe page, Hudnall lost both his foot and his job after moving to Temple, TX, when a diabetic ulcer caused the need for amputation and complications followed. The Hero Initiative helped spread the word about Hudnall's struggles, which ultimately got him enough funding to purchase a prosthetic leg.
@heroinitiative I'm walking here! I'm walking here!
- James Hudnall (@JamesDHudnall) November 4, 2015
"I got my new leg today. It'll be about three months before I can walk without assistance but I am on my way," Hudnall wrote in an update on this page. "Still can't work because of all my appointments with PT and docs, but I feel good now. Thanks again for all the support."
Hudnall has worked for multiple major comic publishers, including Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. His credits include "Alpha Flight," "Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography," "Espers," "Strikeforce: Morituri" and more. Most recently, he debuted his first novels "The Age of Heroes: Hell's Reward" and "The Secret Team."
According to its official description, "The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment."