On October 2, 2008, Iahnijah Opaleke was born with a rare deficiency called PFFD – Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (now renamed as CFD – Congenital Femoral Deficiency). This deficiency causes Iahnijah to wear a step-in prosthesis on his right leg. Queen desired to recycle/donate his gently used limbs (as he gets a new leg every 6-9 months), but could not find a Canadian resource to do so. So Iahnijah and Queentite created the resource to fill that void; they founded PFFD Inc.
“We traveled to Jamaica for vacation. This relaxing trip came right before Iahnijah’s 6th surgery (reconstructive hip surgery). We decided to just live, laugh, and enjoy life, as we forgot about the present struggle we were about to face.”
Iahnijah & Tina went to a local market in Brown’s Town, Jamaica. Here they met a man, a double leg Amputee gladly using a skateboard for mobility. Iahnijah was deeply interested & bothered by this fact and offered the man his own prosthetics on the spot. In that very moment, PFFD was born. Iahnijah showed Tina how to re-purpose prosthetics, by every willing amputee re-purposing their used limbs. This was the definitive moment in time that shifted their entire lives, in the direction of their destiny.
On a flight to New York, a destined meeting between a Mumbai, India Prosthetic clinic director and PFFD Inc. founder Tina “QueenTite” Opaleke came into play. They were seated beside each other and began to share stories about mobility, charity, life’s purpose, prosthetics, and destiny. This day was the day we at PFFD Inc. found its purpose. That purpose was to recycle prosthetics like Iahnijah’s in countries like India, where the need is so very high.
Over the next 3 hours he poured knowledge into Tina about his country’s most marginalized. In that moment, they decided to change the way North America saw mobility. It all started with Iahnijah being comfortable being himself.
Iahnijah is the seed of inspiration planted, which has created roots. These roots are the foundation of PFFD- Prosthetics For Foreign Donation Inc. Through Iahnijah’s birth and the birth of this charity, we hope to raise amputee awareness about prosthetics and the people who desperately need them.