BENEFITING: Heather Abbott Foundation
ORGANIZER: Heather Abbott Foundation
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
I am very excited to announce that I will be running again with Heather Abbott's team, Team Limb-It-Less, but this time in the 2017 Boston Marathon with my big sister, Stacy Kaiser!!!
A few months ago in August, I ran the 2016 Falmouth Road Race on Team Limb-It-Less. It was amazing being part of such a great team, and it was a very emotional feeling crossing the finish line after running the 7 mile race. I can't even imagine how it will feel after crossing the finish line of 26.2 miles!!!
For those who don't know me, My name is Jodi Kaiser. I am 24 years old and I have always been active in sports, but I have met a few challenges with my knees. I have had a few surgeries, but needed to have a full knee realignment surgery last year in November 2015. I was out of work for almost 2 months and had to go to physical therapy 3-4 times a week. I was finally able to get back into running in March, but to my disappointment I wasn't able to train to my fullest potential with the screw bulging out of my knee cap from my surgery. In June, I made the decision to have the screw removed, and since then I have been feeling so much better and have been able to go back to training and running.
My passion in life has always been about giving back and helping others. Last year, my parent's store, Tiles Plus More was fortunate to help Heather Abbott by donating all the tile, marble, heated floor system, curbless shower system, wood flooring, setting and maintenance materials to Heather for her newly handicap accessible home. My colleague, a fellow Design Consultant, Barbara worked one on one with Heather in creating every look Heather wanted in her home. I am very fortunate to have met Heather and learn her story, and want to continue giving back and paying it forward to others in the community.
Below is some information about Heather's story and how her amazing charity gives back and helps other limb-loss victims obtain prosthetic devices so they are able to play sports, or wear heels or just be able to get back to living the life they love.
Heather Abbott Foundation wrote -
The Heather Abbott Foundation was formed as a result of Heather's amputation following the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. As a new leg amputee, Heather got a fast lesson in the tremendous cost of prosthetic devices, which are often times not covered by health insurance. In order to live her life as close to the way she had prior to the bombing, she needed four different prosthetic devices which range in cost between $20,000 and $70,000. Aside from the walking leg that health insurance typically covers, Heather wanted legs for running, wearing high heels and swimming and taking a shower. Thanks to donations from individuals all over the world, the help of charitable organizations and good health insurance coverage, Heather obtain all four legs and credits them to her quick recovery and ability to return to her independent lifestyle. Heather learned early on that having her custom prostheses allowed her to return to doing the things that meant the most to her. Whether it was being able to paddle board again or wear high heels, these devices were key to Heather’s emotional and physical healing. But she recognized that the unusual circumstances and attention around the manner in which she became an amputee, in large part, are what got her those legs. Most people's amputations are not as highly publicized and people aren't aware that they may need help. The Heather Abbott Foundation was created to help other amputees like Heather thrive in their recovery and return to the life they love. Join us as Heather helps to “pay it forward.”
I am very thankful for your support and appreciate any donations that will help with my fundraising for The Heather Abbott Foundation.