After losing his leg in 1988, Chris Casteel became an advocate for people with limb loss. In 2011, he turned his passion for prosthetics into a business.
Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics founder Chris Casteel spent a lot of time driving around Detroit looking for “something that would work for us.” Then he came across a sale sign on a building at the corner of Woodward and Milwaukee … the Albert Kahn-designed original Savings Bank #3 in the New Center area.
“We fell in love with the building’s architectural style,” he says. “… From there, “everything just started falling in to place.”
The Roby family of “Roby’s Shoes” owned the building. The Roby’s have been great stewards of the building and wanted a business like ours in the neighborhood. All later Albert Kahn banks were modeled after this style and replicated several times throughout the city of Detroit.
Posted on October 16, 2014 in the Detroit Hub by M Lapham
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE FROM SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN The News Harold - The Voice of DownRiver Amputee helps others; mission to Haiti sends emotions reeling by Shannon Rossi
Since 2001, Chris Casteel of Gibraltar has been working with amputees and to improve the way prosthetic limbs are manufactured.
This is a cause close to his heart — he himself uses a prosthetic limb. In 1988, Casteel lost the lower part of his left leg in a motorcycle accident.
Chris Casteel of Gibraltar worked with this earthquake victim in Haiti, who lost part of her leg.
Diana Cherry, Mission of Hope's prosthetics director in Haiti, helps a young amputee learn to walk again.
Chris Casteel of Gibraltar said this Haitian boy he met at an American Red Cross camp in Haiti was fascinated with his prosthetic leg. The boy wanted to know if Casteel could run. So the two went on a couple of jogs together during Casteel's recent visit.