BENEFITING: Heather Abbott Foundation
ORGANIZER: Heather Abbott Foundation
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Mileage Tracker: 108
I am honored to announce that I have been selected to run in the 2017 Boston Marathon under The Heather Abbott Foundation on Team Limb-it-less. I am also proud to say that I get to run the race alongside my little sister Jodi!
The Heather Abbott Foundation helps provide customized prostheses to those who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances.
“On April 15, 2013, Marathon Monday in Boston – 38 year old Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island set out on an annual tradition with several of her friends. They would attend the Red Sox home game and then walk over to Boylston Street to watch the marathoners cross the finish line.”
“Little did Heather know – this day would change her life forever. Two bombs exploded in the crowd of well-wishers that afternoon. Heather was impacted by the second blast and literally blown into the entrance of a nearby restaurant. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife, Erin, saw Heather in the bloody aftermath and carried her to safety.”
“After three surgeries in four days, Heather was faced with an agonizing decision – face a lifetime of agonizing pain from her injuries or allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. With the counsel and comfort of amputees who came to visit her in the hospital, and after much soul-searching, Heather made the difficult decision to live as an amputee.”
“Her recovery, as it is for so many other victims of traumatic injury, was a journey through pain, anger, fear, disbelief, self-doubt and questioning. For Heather, the ability to move forward came through the support of family and friends, fellow amputees and the countless strangers who not only sent her cards and letters of encouragement – but who also generously donated to a special fund to help her transition and receive the customized prostheses she needed to live the life she once knew.”
“Today, Heather is once again doing everything she loves to do, including paddle boarding, running and even wearing high heels!”
“While most insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost for a basic prosthetic device, they will not help with specialty prostheses. These devices range in price from $15,000 to more than $100,000, making them far too expensive for anyone hoping to regain more of the life they once lived.”
“Through it all, Heather has remained a model of strength and perseverance. Her determination and passion to help other limb loss victims is evident in everything she does. As a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition, Heather is able to provide hope and emotional healing. As a nationally-known motivational speaker, she reminds audiences of the power of positive thinking and the real impact compassionate giving can have on the life of someone in need.”
“For Heather, The Heather Abbott Foundation is both an obligation and an opportunity to “pay it forward” – to give other amputees who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances the chance to live their life – again.”
I am asking you for your support for this life changing charity. Your donation provides The Heather Abbott Foundation with the resources needed to help amputees return to the life they love.
Please help me reach my goal of $6,000 by April 17, 2017.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Heather Abbott Foundation and their efforts to envision a world where individuals who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances can live the life they love.